If you’re wondering how to choose the right skylight for your property, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know about selecting a skylight that will provide a comfortable amount of light and warmth, with the possibility of additional ventilation as well. Skylights are an excellent option for reducing your reliance on artificial light and lowering your energy costs. Pick well and you will reap the rewards for years to come.
How To Choose The Right Skylight For You Roof
Pitch Of The Existing Roof
One of the biggest factors in choosing the right skylight is the style of roof on your property. There are a whole host of different types of skylights and rooflights out there to choose from, so you should be able to find the perfect fit. The likes of roof lanterns and pyramid skylights are only suitable for flat roof structures. Flat rooflights are frequently used to great effect on roof terraces, but you need to be sure that you have chosen a skylight that is structurally sound for walking on.
Use Of The Room Below
When thinking about how to choose the right skylight for your property, consider the primary purpose of the room below it. If you are planning on installing your skylight in a kitchen or bathroom, we would recommend that you choose a model that can be easily opened, whether manually or electronically. Greater and improved ventilation means less build up of steam or lingering odours. If you’re concerned about inadvertently leaving your skylight open during inclement weather, don’t worry! Skylights are available with both rain and wind sensors, as well as insect screens.
Size Of The Skylight
When it comes to skylights, bigger isn’t necessarily better. You need to consider how the skylight will look in proportion to the rest of the room, as well as the impact on the room’s temperature. If you pick a large skylight that doesn’t have additional UV or solar protection built in, you run the risk of excessive solar heat gain during the hot summer months. A smaller skylight will still perfectly illuminate the room without turning it into a greenhouse and overheating everyone inside.
The degree of solar heat gain will vary depending on the location of the skylight. South-facing skylights receive the greatest amount of sunlight in both winter and summer, whereas north-facing skylights receive the least. If you are particularly keen to capture the warmth and light of the early morning, we recommend that you choose an east-facing skylight. A west-facing skylight will provide the greatest illumination and heat during the afternoon.
If you are keen on choosing a larger skylight, we would recommend that you pick one that has been treated or coated to reduce solar heat gain, or that you install a blind. To determine how well a skylight performs in heat, check the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) value. The lower it is, the less heat that will pass through the glass.
Level Of Insulation The Skylight Provides
To assess the level of insulation a skylight provides, you simply need to refer to the U-value. The lower the U-value, the higher the level of insulation. We recommend picking a skylight that has a U-value of 1.2 WmK or under. Ensure that the providers has notified you of the U-value of the entire product, not just the glass pane, as the latter can be misleadingly low.
If you have any further questions about how to choose the right skylight for your property, please do get in touch. Glass & Stainless can design and produce a bespoke glass skylight in accordance with your unique specification.