In recent years, one of the more common choices for home lighting has been the installation of skylight. After all, having a skylight can let homeowners to have a beautiful view of the night sky while minimizing the need for using more traditional lighting during the day.
But, are skylights worthy of all the hype they are given?
When skylights were initially introduced as a light source for the home, many people saw them as being a way to save on energy costs. And while there are skylights that will bring savings on energy costs, it does not mean that all skylights will save you money. In fact, some skylights can actually cost you more in energy bills!
So, if you are considering having skylights installed in your home, take a few moments to consider the various pros and cons of skylights.
Advantages of Skylights
Skylights are a good investment, if your desire is to enhance the aesthetics of your home. They will provide an impressive amount of natural light while giving you a snapshot of the night sky. And like many other architectural enhancements, skylights can add to the resale value of your home.
Skylights can also provide natural ventilation, providing you have the hinged-style so that you can open the window up to let air in. Skylights operated via remote are best as this makes it easy to quickly close the window if something (smell, rain or even loud noise) unpleasant is outside your home. You can even get skylights that have rain sensors and automatically close in case of a storm.
Disadvantages of Skylights
Perhaps one of the biggest kept secrets in the world of skylights is that they are not overly energy efficient. In fact, since heat rises, a skylight in the roof of a house will typically lose 35-45% more heat during cold weather than the exact same window installed on the side of the house. In addition, when the heat reaches the colder window, condensation will form and then you will have water drips with which to contend.
Energy experts estimate that a 2x4-foot skylight made with a single pane of clear glass will allow enough heat into a home during the warmer weather months to make a typical air conditioner use an additional 240 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.
Another disadvantage of skylights is that they are responsible for a large number of roof leaks. No matter how vigilant one might be in roof maintenance, homeowners with skylights often find that roofing issues such as leaks and flashing damage are more likely to occur around the skylights.
So, are skylights a beautiful addition to one’s home? Absolutely!
But are they ideal for every situation? Not necessarily.
If you are uncertain as to whether skylights are right for your home, get in touch with us! We can definitely help talk you through the advantages and disadvantages. And if you already have skylights installed and want to make sure that there isn't any roof damage or leaking around the edges, we can help with that as well!