Why your home should have a skylight

Skylights: Benefits and Styles

Do you love a room filled with natural light, or beautiful views of the sky? Is there a room on the top floor of your home that gets a lot of heat in the summer that could use some extra ventilation? Then you should install a skylight.

Skylights are unique in that they’re windows installed on the roof of your house instead of the walls. This gives them a distinct advantage when it comes to letting in natural light, as they get more exposure to the sun.

Benefits of Installing a Skylight

If you’re a person who loves natural light, skylights are the best option available. They’re a fantastic option for rooms that might be too narrow to install a regular window. On top of that, they’re excellent for rooms that could use extra ventilation. 

Skylights are also good for rooms that could use some natural light, but that you’d also like extra privacy, like a bathroom. And, of course, they’re the best way to watch the stars or clouds from inside the comfort of your own home.

Styles of Skylights

You might not realize it, but there are different styles of skylights. Each style has its own uses and is a good fit for different types of rooms. 

Ventilating Skylights

Ventilating skylights can open and close, allowing in fresh air while letting out heat or humidity. These skylights can be opened and closed both manually or electrically, so even if you install them on high ceilings you’ll still be able to operate them. Ventilating skylights are useful for rooms that get a lot of heat and moisture, like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.

Fixed Skylights

Unlike ventilating skylights, fixed skylights don’t open or close. This makes them ideal for rooms that are already well-ventilated and simply need extra light, like a foyer or a room with a high ceiling. Because they’re fixed in place, they’re great for large, airy rooms that might get cold easily in the winter.

Curb-Mounted Skylights

A curb-mounted skylight is a skylight that sits on top of a frame or curb that’s attached to the roof, usually near or flush with the edge. Curb-mounted skylights are extremely popular because they’re so versatile. They can fit into both old and new structures and be made from an assortment of materials.

Tubular Skylights

If you want to get light into a hallway or closet, tubular skylights are your best bet. With this kind of skylight, sunlight travels down a highly reflective light well. The light next goes through a diffuser before entering your home as soft, natural light. These work well in the summer as they don’t cause as much temperature fluctuation as other styles of skylights.

Ridge Skylights

Ridge skylights are designed to be fitted with the existing roofline. They follow the pitch of your roof. The glazed ends can be mounted at either or both ends. Moreover, they’re available in a wide variety of sizes and roof pitches. As such, they’re a fantastic way to let in more light to a room than a standard window of the same size.

A skylight can be one of the best options for home. Contact JM Construction today so we can help you pick out the style of skylight that will best suit the room you’re remodeling.

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