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Tips To Designing and Installing A Skylight For Your Home

You shouldn’t let the winter weather stop you from making improvements to your home.  Right now is the perfect time to plan any home renovations so that you are ready for a spring installation date.  Skylights are gaining popularity among homeowners due to their energy efficiency and appearance.  If you are interested in investing in a skylight, discover a few simple design and installation tips.

Size and Position

When it comes to the design and installation process of your skylight, you need to take size and position into consideration.  You need to focus on the size of your skylight so that you can control the illumination levels and temperature of the space. Your skylight should not be more than five percent of the floor area in a room with many windows, and should not be more than fifteen percent of the floor area in a room with few windows.  You want to focus on the position of your skylight because that will affect solar heat gain. It is best that you install your skylight in the shade of a leaf-shedding tree so that you can prevent unwanted solar heat gain.


One of the most important design aspects of a skylight is the glazing that is integrated in the structure.  Plastic or glass is commonly used as a skylight glazing. Acrylic and polycarbonates are common plastic glazing materials, with polycarbonates being more impact resistant.  Glass is a more durable glazing material and is used for higher end skylights.


If you want to effectively reduce solar heat gain, then you need to focus on the slope of your skylight.  You want to try to maximize solar heat gain in the winter and minimize it as much as possible in the winter.  So depending on the geographical longitude of your skylight, you want to achieve a slope plus five to fifteen degrees of the specific longitude.

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