Bring In The Light!

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Published: 06th November 2012
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The next time you are sitting in your gloomy kitchen, thinking of turning on the light over the sink, the light over your stovetop and the water light in the refrigerator door, consider instead the installation of skylights! Even a small tubular skylight can allow more light into your home. If you have found yourself in a situation when a new roof or new shingles are called for, consider this an opportunity to upgrade your home with one of many skylight options. Now could be the perfect time to include skylights above the rooms that are darkest in your home. If you long for more time spent outdoors, consider installing a clear glass skylight. This can allow you to appreciate the beauty of a rainy evening or the peacefulness of puffy clouds floating past. Skylights are becoming popular features in many homes for many different reasons. You can decide which reasons are most compelling for you and which skylights will best suit your needs.

The Benefits of Adding Skylights to Your Home

• A Great Source of Natural Lighting: Placed strategically around your home, skylights can let natural light grace the rooms of your home. This is especially valuable when the standard windows in the home are blocked by trees, buildings or fences.

• Increased Energy Efficiency: The added natural light will reduce the amount of energy you would otherwise use to light your home. Skylights can also improve the energy efficiency of your home by providing an optional source of passive solar heating. Windows on the rooftop allow the rays of the sun to fill your home with heat from the sun. While with operable skylights, you may be able to vent out some of the summer heat that gathers in your home throughout the day.

• Add Personality to Your Décor: You may value the ability to draw some of the outside into your home or you might want to bring an extra amount of focus to a specific part of the room. If your home is small, you might look to skylights to raise the ceiling, so to speak, and make a small area feel larger by opening it up.
• Raise the Value of the Home: Adding skylights to your home may raise the resale value and work to make your home more popular with buyers. The beauty and function of skylights provide an allure that new home builders have recognized; more new home builders are beginning to offer skylights as a standard feature.

The Many Style Options

There are several different options available to you once you’ve decided to add skylights. You can consider the options in size, shape and functionality.

Size: The size of the skylights will mostly be determined by you. But there will be some cases, such as with a trussed roof, where the construction of your home will need to be considered.

Shape: There are skylights that lie flat and even with your roofline. Some skylights are gently domed and others have a definite bubble-like shape. Many large buildings have chosen the polygon-shaped skylights for a distinct and dramatic effect. Others have utilized a similar pyramid skylight design.

Function: This is an important feature to consider. If you hope to use your skylights for ventilation purposes, you’ll want to install an operable skylight. If your main purpose is to increase the energy efficiency of your home, then you’ll need shades and glazing for the summer months. Tubular skylights might be perfect for small spaces.
The next time you find yourself reaching for a light switch during the day, think about the options provided by skylights.

Lawrence Reaves writes for Creative Energy Exteriors, a home improvement company offering sunrooms, windows and doors. Check out their most popular products here.

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