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Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 2:38 PM


Skylights as luxury items?
Many homeowners consider them the window equivalent hot tubs, heated bathroom tile, or outdoor kitchens. But they are far more than just a “luxury”; they are almost a necessity for homes located in northern areas that receive limited natural light.

It's a Window, But a Window For Your Roof

Think of a skylight as just another a glazed window, like all of your home's other

Skylights can be fixed or vented. The vented ones are like casement windows for your roof. Some vented skylights operated by an electric motor, while others open and close manually. Because skylights get so much sunlight, they are usually more tinted than regular windows equipped with low-e coating. Because roofs have things fall on them, skylights are made to withstand impact.

3 Basic Types
•Fixed Skylights: Glass is fixed in place, does not open or close.
•Manual Venting Skylights: Glass raises and lowers by crank or by a pole.
•Electric Venting Skylights: Glass raises and lowers by means of electric motor.

Fixed vs. Vented Skylights

A fixed skylight borrows window terminology again. “Fixed,” in window parlance, means that it cannot be opened. Never, ever. Think of your typical office building window, and that is a fixed window.
A vented skylight is openable.
•Vented skylights can accidentally be left open, allowing rain to enter the house. However, automatically closing vented skylights are available which close at the first drop of rain.
•Vented skylights allow excess moisture in kitchens and bathrooms to escape—a good thing. Also, you can vent out heat build-up. Fixed skylights do not have this option.
•Don't be afraid of skylights due to potential moisture. Effective skylight moisture control is possible for either vented or fixed skylights.

For all your skylight questions please call us at 631-924-8677

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