Let there be skylights! Why spend money in Arizona to light a room during the day when we have sunshine year round? Skylights are a simple way to lighten up your home without ever having to worry about changing a light bulb. But do your homework up front; make sure you place your skylight in a location that gets direct sunlight, that it’s not a target for a crashing tree limb during the monsoon, that there are no ducts in the way, and that there is enough length between the roof and the ceiling to radiate the light if you are looking at tubular skylights. Check with the Rosie on the House certified skylight partners before you begin and they will ensure you are equipped with the proper education to get the job done right the first time. And, of course, if you need to hire a professional, choose a licensed, bonded, insured skylight installer who has
Rosie's certified seal of approval.
What should I consider before buying a skylight?First, decide if you want the skylight solely to add light to your room or if you also want it to add a dramatic focal point to the décor. See our short list of questions to consider before buy a new skylight.
How is a tubular skylight different from a conventional skylight?A tubular skylight is a self-contained modular unit with a clear acrylic dome on the roof and a polished, highly reflective tube that ducts down through the attic and ends on the ceiling with a lens. Read about tubular skylights.
Which 'extras' for my skylight are worth the money?Here are three simple extras to consider when purchasing a skylight.
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Skylights and Lightning ProtectionIf you love natural daylight, there’s no better way to get it than through a window in your roof.
Conventional skylights are as small as two feet by two feet and as large as eight feet by eight feet. You can put them in any room that connects to your roof, although kitchens are by far the most popular place for them.
A big skylight in your ceiling can have a dramatic effect on the room. If you choose clear glass, you can look out the skylight and see the clouds. If you prefer a softer, diffused light, go with white glass. You also can choose acrylic, although glass is more energy efficient.
And keep energy efficiency in mind when you choose your skylights. Where there’s light, there’s heat, so the larger the skylight, the more hot sunshine gets into your room. Beat the heat by investing in a manual or motorized shade or a heat blocker that you attach like a shower cap to the outside of the skylight during the summer.
Read full article on the benefits of skylights.