A new skylight can completely transform the character of a room by adding style, brightness, and a sense of spaciousness. A skylight scatters sunbeams throughout a dreary kitchen, brightens a dark bathroom, provides a starry-skied bedtime panorama, and captures a relaxing view from your attic room.
But, what are the best skylights? When shopping for these economic little windows, you need to consider designs that fit perfectly with your interior décor – from traditional classical styles to modern contemporary designs. There are different types, shapes, and sizes of skylights to choose from. In this guide, we look at various types of skylights and why each is best suited for specific applications.
1. Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylights
Solar-powered skylights are available for both curb and deck mount installations. They come with solar panels which capture sunlight to charge highly-efficient, battery-powered operators and control systems. The operator functions by opening and closing the skylight, which eliminates the need for electrical wiring during the installation.
2. Electric “Fresh Air” Skylights
Electric skylights work well for overhead applications. They allow for abundant natural light and fresh air with the touch of a button. And if you forget to close the skylight, its rain sensor will close it during inclement weather.
3. Manual “Fresh Air” Skylights
Manual skylights similarly work well with deck and curb mount installations (the description of these is below). These skylights allow homeowners to embrace the best that nature has to offer by opening up for optimum fresh air. The venting skylight enhances your home’s moisture balance and comfort by releasing stale, humid air to the outside.
4. Fixed Skylights
For visually expansive areas such as stairwells, hallways, and other closed-in, dark spaces, fixed skylights come in handy. These skylights provide an economical option for transforming dark areas into luxurious spaces filled with natural light.
5. Flat Roof Skylights
As the demand for homes with flat or low-pitch roofs increases, the need for flat roof skylights have become eminent. These skylights are designed to transform and improve virtually every area of your home with daylight.
6. Architectural Series
If you’re looking for a dramatic appeal, the architectural series offers lightweight, metal-framed skylights to transform your home into a brilliant space. The skylights come in fully customizable, extensive configurations, glass options, and finish colors. With adaptable ranges, you can create stunning daylight designs to suit your individual preference.
7. E-Class Skylights
E-Class skylights are designed to deliver more light per opening. They are extremely easy to install, thanks to their patented one-piece extrusion. Moreover, the skylights feature condensation control and are Energy Star Rated.
How to Choose the Right Skylight
Skylights can either be deck-mounted or curb-mounted. Depending on the type and shape of your roof, your skylight installer will recommend the best option for your specific application.
- Curb-mounted skylights are affixed to wood frames built around an opening on your roof. They are ideal for flat roofs or roofs with low pitches of up to 60 degrees.
- Deck-mounted skylights, on the other hand, work well for high-pitch roofs between 14 and 85 degrees. The skylight’s deck is nailed directly to your roof’s deck for a low profile, energy-efficient installation.
If you’re considering skylights for your home in South Jersey or in the greater Sarasota region, contact Surf & Turf Roofing Company today. We install VELUX skylights and complementary products and accessories. From installation to finishing touches, you can count on us to add natural light and fresh air to your living space.