Skylights: A Statement Piece

Skylights can make a gorgeous statement in any home. Our article describes everything you need to know when installing skylights.

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Skylights are a familiar architectural sight in most modern-day homes. They are usually situated in smaller rooms that don’t have a lot of light for privacy needs (such as a bedroom or bathroom) or in larger rooms to make a statement.

Wood Skylight

Seaming with Vinyl

It is important to have skylights that are seamed with vinyl. They help keep cold air out and warm air in. However, this can be a drawback if you live in a hot climate and the sun is shining through your skylight vinyl windows all day. In hotter climates, tinted skylight windows or ones equipped with automatic shades are more useful so that the cost of your air conditioning is not too costly. Skylight vinyl windows are best utilized in colder, damper climates where insulation from the elements is needed.

Shapes and Sizes

The larger they are, the better skylights vinyl windows look in any room. The usual size of skylight vinyl windows is between one and four-square feet. However, sometimes there is only room for a small vinyl sealed skylight; it is recommended that you buy one that has a funnel shape that is wider at the bottom. This shape allows more light than normal to be filtered into the room from the skylight and then spreads and reflects over a larger area. Make sure that this type of skylight is also vented to allow heat to escape if you live in a hot climate.

Skylight Installation

Different Types of Vinyl Skylight Windows

The following are three major types of vinyl sky light windows.

Vented Skylight

The vented skylight is more of a modern entity, as before the late eighties most skylights did not have the ability to open or close. These types of skylight vinyl windows can be opened either electronically or manually. The vinyl stripping around the frame of the window prevents them from leaking rain.

Sun Tunnels

Sun tunnels are essentially holing that are about a foot wide that allow sunlight through to dim areas of your home. They are installed to allow more natural light into bathrooms, basements, attics and even closets.

Skylight Window Shades

These types are skylights that come with a lid. It isn’t always ideal to have the sunlight brightening your room, especially if you want to take a nap or view a movie in the dark. In addition, these types of skylights come with a remote that allows you to adjust the amount of light in the room.

House with Skylight

Skylight vinyl windows are so secure and waterproof that the need to frame the skylight with wood is no longer necessary. The vinyl also prevents double paned windows from sweating. However if you prefer the more elegant, finished look of wood wrapped windowpanes, they can be easily fitted around skylight vinyl windows to achieve a more traditional appearance.

 

 

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