Natural light can make a massive difference to any home. It creates the illusion of greater space, reduces your energy consumption and can even add to its value. On a more personal level, natural light has been shown to have tangible health benefits, both mental and physical. Reduce your reliance on harsh artificial light and embrace what nature has to offer.
So how can you maximise the amount of natural light in your home? Skylights are certainly an excellent option.
Skylights For Every Type Of Roof
Advances in technology mean that skylights can now be fitted to most roof. Depending on the style of your roof, certain skylight designs will be more suitable than others. Below is an overview of the most common forms of skylight.
When you think of skylights, this is probably the style that comes to mind- a pane of glass pitched at the same angle as the roof itself. Modern pitched skylights are typically designed to open, allowing them to become a point of ventilation as well as a way of capturing sunlight.
Flat Roof Skylights
The crucial consideration when installing a skylight on a flat roof is ensuring a balance between efficient water runoff and a structure that is sympathetic to the existing roofline. Fortunately, only a pitch of 3 degrees is required many cases, so long as the skylight is placed on an upstand.
The largest form of skylight available, a roof lantern bares a close resemblance to a conservatory roof. The key difference is that only replaces a select portion of the ceiling. A roof lantern is essentially a pitched glass box placed on top of an upstand on a flat roof. Unlike a traditional skylight, it can capture sunlight from multiple directions as the bespoke glass panes are pitched at opposing angles. In addition, the added height can lend the room below a greater sense of space. This more substantial skylight can be designed to open, allowing for greater ventilation. It is a popular choice for single storey extensions.
Similar to roof lanterns but square and smaller in size, a pyramid skylight can provide a much needed pocket of light. Again, its multi-sided nature means that it is able to capture the maximum amount of sunlight throughout the course of the day.
A domed skylight is simply a flat glass skylight with a transparent polycarbonate dome situated on top. The strength of the polycarbonate dome makes this style of skylight a popular choice in locations where security is a concern, such as commercial buildings. Water runoff on domed skylights is particularly efficient, with minimal pooling occurring.
Walk-on skylights can be used both externally and internally to brilliant effect. They are ideal for situations where you wish for light to pass into the room below without compromising on floor space. Externally, they can be used on flat roof terraces. Inside the house, a walk-on skylight can provide some much needed natural light to basement rooms that are otherwise shrouded in darkness. Unlike other skylights, walk-on skylights are fitted completely flush to avoid becoming a trip hazard.
If you would like to learn more about skylights and their benefits, please do get in touch. With years of experience behind us, we’ll know exactly which skylight best suits your situation.