Skylights: Designing & Installing

Posted May 22nd, 2015 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Skylights are terrific additions for any home! Filling your home with warmth and brightness, skylights enhance spaces which lack natural light, such as stairs and hallways. Skylights can allow three times as much light into a space as ordinary windows and are accommodating to architectural design.These home additions are flexible in design; allowing for different shapes, sizes and styles. When considering skylights a few questions should be asked: How do you want the light moving through your home? How can skylights be incorporated into the design of your home? What will its purpose be?



The size of a skylight impacts the amount of solar heat gain and conduction gains and losses. Keep in mind, the larger the size of your skylight the more heat you’ll acquire.If you’re installing multiple skylights in a single area, spacing becomes a factor. Whether lighting a small or large area, you want to promote an even light distribution. Tanglewood suggests spacing the skylights roughly 1.5 times of the height between the floor and the roof.

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Aside from the traditional glazed skylight units, roof windows are a popular choice for houses with an attic or minimal roof space. This design can be installed on a conventional flat ceiling and are usually sealed double-insulating glass units. Tubular skylights are another option. This addition is quite small and can reduce the amount of heat loss and gain due to the small area is occupies. After installation, this skylight transmits the captured light down a highly reflective light well and connects at ceiling level around the room. A reflecting tube is also installed to direct the sunlight downward.


Interested in learning more about skylights? Take a look at some of our work and give us a call at 410.479.4700.


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