Flat roof skylights are becoming incredibly popular in properties of all types. Whether residential or commercial properties, skylights are becoming must-have features that can also bring a wealth of benefits to the interiors of the buildings they are placed on.
The skylights that we know today first originated during the industrial revolution, which brought about the mass production of glass. Since that point, there have been several changes to improve the appearance and efficiency of skylights. In fact, we have seen the roofing industry in general progress, from EPDM roof kits to changes in insulation.
Flat Roof Lights Come In Different Shapes And Styles
Flat roof lights, such as skylights, can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles and can be made with a wide range of transparent or translucent materials. Glass is undoubtedly the material that most people want – especially double glazed – but skylights are also available that feature plastic glazing.
However, there’s no doubt that a double-glazed skylight is the best option. There’s even the possibility of getting glass for skylights that are triple glazed. Skylights can also be made to be walked on too. These types of skylights need to be made of special toughened glass.
Home skylights can even come in a variety of shapes and don’t necessarily need to be flat. They can be domed, arched, concave on one side, and so on. Many companies can build custom skylights to suit the needs of their clients. Slopes can be integrated into the skylight to help get rid of moisture or leaves – even on a flat roof. So, amongst all these options for skylights, which ones are the best? There are several factors that can affect this important decision and we’re going to discover these next.
Finding The Best Skylights For Flat Roof On Buildings
The type of skylights for a flat roof that you settle on is dependent on several factors relating to what you’re looking for and what would be best suited to the dynamics of your building. Placement can have a large effect on the type and size of skylight you should consider getting installed. How much light do you want to come into the property? Are there certain objects that could be damaged by over-exposure to UV light?
The latter of these questions can be solved by having a special type of glass installed that controls the level of sunlight. These are just a few of the thoughts that should be considered by anyone interested in having a flat roof glass skylight installed. Also, consider whether the skylight is to be walked on?
This is an important deliberation if the skylight is going to be installed as part of a walkway – either internally or externally. Another consideration is whether you want the skylight to open or not. This can help with ventilation, but may not be advisable depending on the situation, such as the slope of the roof. Irrespective of your choice of skylight and decisions relating to the above points, it’s important to find the highest quality skylight and the best installer available.
What Are The Major Benefits Of Fixed Roof Lights And Skylights?
There are many great advantages derived from the installation of fixed roof lights. One such clear benefit relates to daylight. Sloped or flat roof skylights can be a terrific source of sunlight, which in turn comes packed with a variety of health benefits for the occupiers within – physically, psychologically, and emotionally.
Not only that, but they can be a source of solar heat during the winter months. This has the advantage of also bringing down energy bills. However, this is only the case when fixed flat rooflights have been installed correctly. Research has demonstrated that heat retention and heat loss brought about by skylights can be 40% more likely than with standard windows.
So, while skylights have far more potential to help retain heat in a property than standard windows, poorly installed skylights can also decrease the heat efficiency of a property. The materials also matter here too. For certain businesses, privacy can also be a huge consideration.
Windows can compromise this privacy and damage the figurative ‘health’ of a business. But skylights on the roof can bring about all the benefits that windows do whilst offering far more privacy. This can also be helpful to residential properties where the occupants seek better privacy. These are just a few of the advantages that skylights can provide.
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