Skylights are a common roofing installation that can provide natural light into interior rooms that would not otherwise have access to it. There are three different types of skylights on the market, each of which provides the same function but possesses a different set of features which confer a distinct set of advantages and drawbacks to each variant. Understanding the three most common types of skylights and the differences between them can help you choose the one that is the best fit for your roof.
Fixed skylights are the most common type of skylight, and are static windows that are added to your roof. They are extremely simple to install, and can fit onto most roof types, shapes, and slopes. However, it's important to note that fixed skylights will not open and allow air to enter your home, which means that they are best suited for rooms with extremely high ceilings or to add additional light to a room that already receives enough ventilation.
Like their name would suggest, vented skylights can be opened so that they act just like giant vents on your roof. This allows for fresh air to enter into the middle of your home, improving overall air quality and ventilation in a manner that would otherwise be impossible. This makes them ideal for rooms with heavy amounts of humidity, like kitchens, bathrooms, or laundry rooms, as they can provide an easy and convenient method of getting fresh air inside. It's also important to note that both manual and automatic versions exist. The major downside of a vented skylight is that it will cost slightly more than a fixed version, since the mechanism that it uses to open and close is slightly more complicated to construct and install.
Tubular skylights are a specialist type of skylight that are constructed out of a narrow tube, hence the name, with reflective paneling on the sides of the tube. The tube itself is then capped with the skylight. Tubular skylights are designed to be installed in interior rooms that do not have the space to have a fixed skylight installed, and just like fixed skylights cannot be opened, which means that they will not provide any ventilation. Tubular skylights are thus the skylight that is installed when the above two options are not able to be, but increased light is still required or desired within a room.
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