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Skylights are a great way to introduce more light into your home as well as helping a smaller room look larger. If you are having a new home built make sure to talk with your builder or architect about having skylights put in.
If you have an existing home you would like to brighten up you have several alternatives to increase the natural light. A great place to put a skylight is in the bathroom where there is limited wall space and limited potential for windows. A skylight in the bathroom will bring in a great deal more natural light.
Kitchens are another great room in the home for a skylight to be put in. A series of small skylights not only brightens the room but makes for a unique architectural feature as well. Living rooms or great rooms are also great places for natural light.
A skylight can either be stationary or operable. For instance, there are skylights that are flat or dome-shaped providing illumination only. The operable skylights provide ventilation, opening manually, with a switch on the wall, remote control or through a high-tech automatic temperature sensor. Having a ventilating skylight is a great idea because it can let out hot air but not the cold air if the air conditioner is on because cold air stays near the ground level.
Modern skylights coming with low-e and tinted coatings to allow for greater control of heat transmission and UV radiation, along with being rated the same way as windows. Some other options for skylights include shades or blinds, and screens for those that open.
A different kind of skylight for spaces that are too small for a full-sized skylight is a tubular skylight. Being just 10 to 18 inches in diameter, a tubular skylight provides a lot of light in a small are and tubular skylights are fairly inexpensive to have installed.
Skylights are a great feature to add to your home and by allowing more natural sunlight in they can help to reduce your energy bills. This light can also be controlled using skylight blinds to control when the additional light comes in.
One of the main advantages for installing skylights is that they can make a great difference when it comes to improving the lighting in a home. This reduces the need for artificial light, especially during the day, as natural sunlight is led through the windows and lights up the room.
If you are looking for ways to save money on your home then skylights may also help here by reducing the amount of electricity that you use. They minimize your need for artificial light during the day but can also help reduce your need for electricity during peak hours through the use of photocontrols.
Another way that skylights can help reduce your costs is by reducing the need for heating and cooling systems. This is not only beneficial financially but also for helping to protect the environment.
Once you have decided on adding skylights to your existing home you will want to consult with a professional contractor. Although it is possible to put in skylights as a do it yourself project there is the potential for a lot of things to go wrong as you are dealing with roofing, cutting into the ceiling, and other complicated home improvement jobs.
There are basically two different types of skylights that you may choose to install, namely a curb-mounted or framed-in-place. In addition you will also need to consider your roof to determine the size of your skylights - if you have a truss roof then the skylights will need to fit within this, but if you have a conventional roof then size will not be as important. Fitting the skylight itself is a fairly simple procedure and not one to be feared.
Your contractor or general contractor will be able to advise you on the best areas to place your skylights and also will have the specific knowledge of how best to install them and most likely will offer a guarantee for the quality of the installation.
If you opt for a skylight that is powered by electricity make sure the estimate you receive includes the cost of running he power to where the skylight will be places. The last thing you want to have is a surprise bill when you get the end of your project.
Skylights can make a great addition to your home by minimizing your energy costs, increasing natural lighting and adding value to your home. You may find a contractor to install your skylights by searching the HandyCanadian.com directory or posting a project on our website and allowing contractors to contact you.
Skylights are a great addition to your home whether it is new construction or an existing structure. Skylights add natural light and can make the room feel larger and warmer.
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