What are Skylights?
hear a lot about skylights, especially in terms of loft conversions
and home extensions, but what exactly are they and what can they
bring to a house?
are windows set into a roof with the intention of flooding the space underneath
with natural sunlight. With the right styles of window fitted, they
can also be opened up, to increase ventilation. Velux windows are the
most well known version of hinged panes that can be easily opened and
to being able to filter sunlight during every hour of daylight,
skylight roof windows can help to increase the ambient temperature of
any room that they are installed in, as well as the illumination.
This makes them exceptionally popular for both bedrooms and kitchens.
my home right for skylight windows?
with any new home installation that will have a significant impact on
the structural integrity of a space, you need to be sure that you
have the right basis to work with. To be sure that skylights can be
installed in your home, you’ll need to:
a professional builder or even an architect to visit your home and assess your proposed location for
suitability. You might need to clear the space first, especially if
you are hoping to add a skylight to an attic.
a skylight will mean that a hole needs to be cut into your roof, so
try to get a handle on the climate in your area, so you have a good
shot at a dry installation. You’ll need to be sure that your
rafters are in good condition, before you start, as well. The last
thing you want is to need a brand new roof, just to install a
should I consider during the installation process?
surprising number of people actually fit their own skylights, as a
DIY project, but in general, it is advisable to hire a professional
for the task, as you need to be 100% confident that you have a
weatherproof seal in place. Important factors to take into account
a high-quality and proven skylight installation kit. Do your
research and find out which kits come the most highly recommended.
You can ask a professional for advice about this.
your new skylight will act as an extra source of illumination in a
room, you need to make sure that the rest of your lighting choices
will work well with it, to create a cohesive and beautiful ambiance.
This is why skylights are also referred to as roof lights.
are a host of practical extra touches to take into account,
depending on which room you are adding a skylight to. For bathrooms,
as a prime example, you will want to think about adding extra
ventilation vents, to prevent condensation build up.
forget to decide if you want to add technology to your skylights. If
you will need electronic operating systems, this is something to
think about right at the start of the design process.
do I maintain a skylight?
maintenance of new skylights is essential, as they can be an
expensive addition to a home and should be looked after to extend
their lifespan. Before you definitely decide to invest in roof
windows, consider the fact that you will need to commit to the
cleaning. You don’t want streaky roof windows, so always avoid
cleaning your glass at the hottest time of the day, as your water
will dry before you can squeegee it.
for leaks. When you experience heavy rainfall or even snow, it will
be in your best interest to go and inspect your skylights, to make
sure they aren’t leaking at all.
the glazing. If you notice any chips, cracks or even misting
(condensation) between your glass panels, you will need to replace
the unit as soon as possible. You will be letting a lot of heat
escape, if not, and could be at risk of the glass shattering
completely at some point.
checks. Whether you have electronically controlled of manual
skylights, regularly look at the opening mechanisms of your
skylights, to make sure they are working smoothly and the way they
you have chosen wooden windows or uPVC ones, you will need to clean and maintain your frames. Wood
can be prone to rotting, if it comes into contact with moisture, but
uPVC can turn mouldy, so everything needs looking after.
window dressings work for skylights?
of a skylight as any other style of window, which need an element of
dressing to really finish it off properly. Naturally, curtains won’t
work, as they would drape from the ceiling, but blinds and shutters
are fantastic options.
give you not only a beautiful aesthetic, they help you control the
amount of light that pours into a space as well.
are most commonly made from wood, but uPVC styles are available as
well and you can customise the colour.
well as being readily available in standard sizes, for uniform
skylights, you can opt for custom shutters to perfectly adapt to
bespoke roof windows.
offer a myriad of different finishes, style and aesthetics.
can be manually or electrically operated, allowing for very easy and
You can choose, essentially,
any colour or pattern. You can also opt for blackout blinds, which
have an opaque backing in order to shut out all daylight, when you
Venetian and roman styles will all work perfectly with skylights.
quality blinds will not need to be replaced too regularly, as
manufacturers treat the fabrics to prevent sun bleaching.