Installing a skylight into your home can offer you and your family all the benefits of additional natural lighting. There may not be enough natural solar light in your building because of its configuration, or you may have recently installed a loft conversion which requires additional illumination. Exposure to natural light is crucial to human health as well as easing eyestrain for everyday activities such as reading. Skylights can also help to increase the energy efficiency of a home or premises, and reduce reliance on increasingly expensive artificial lighting. The principles of passive solar design typically would include skylights in a building’s design.
The most common types of skylights are fixed, ventilating and tubular; and each has its own pros and cons. Fixed versions are best suited to areas which only require additional lighting, while rooms that require airing, such as bathrooms, will be better served by skylights that can open. Tubular skylights are especially suited to buildings with awkward configurations or limited roof space – where they can be used to access rooms with no windows.
Installing a skylight requires careful consideration, including the following elements:
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