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Greeley Roofing: Article About Types Of Skylights

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If you've decided to install a skylight in your home, then you're on your way to enjoying a bounty of benefits from natural lighting. Deciding to get a skylight is a tough choice, but choosing the right kind can be even trickier. Skylights come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and you also need to decide on additional features when it comes to installation. To help you make the most of your Greeley roofing decision, here's an overview of the different types of modern skylights along with some helpful tips for keeping them cost effective.

There are three major types of skylights: fixed, ventilating and tubular. Fixed and tubular skylights don't open, and they're typically used for homes that just need more natural light. Ventilating skylights can be opened and adjusted to allow cool air in during warmer months. Many people use ventilating skylights for bathrooms and other areas that need extra ventilation. Skylights may also be curb-mounted or framed. Curb-mounted skylights are installed at an elevated angle while framed skylights rest against the roof like a regular window.

Modern residential skylights also offer special features that make them much better investments than their traditional counterparts. Double- and triple-paned skylights can significantly reduce energy loss, and certain features decrease the risks of UV and direct sunlight.

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Shape-wise, skylights come in several varieties: circular, diamond, oval, rectangular, triangular and tubular. Rectangular varieties are more common, but some homeowners choose tubular skylights for non-attic areas in the home that need extra lighting. Tubular skylights also take up less space and create less of an energy problem compared with other types.

In order to mitigate energy loss in winter and heat gain in summer, roofing contractors add glazing technology onto the skylights. Curved and non-rectangular skylights are typically covered with plastic glazing, which can present some problems due to normal wear and tear. Rectangular skylights usually receive glass glazing and can be more expensive. Glazing is essential in terms of energy efficiency, but you have options when it comes to the type of glazing you choose for your skylight. Arched, domed, flat, pyramid-shaped and warped plane varieties offer different benefits, but the curvier the glazing, the more flexibility you'll have for water runoff and positioning.

Keep in mind that even the most expertly installed skylights still pose an increased risk for water damage due to compromised insulation. The more work done to your roof, the greater the chance for moisture buildup and eventual problems. But skylights do offer a wide range of health and aesthetic benefits, and they allow as much as eight times the light as a traditional window. The key is to choose a style with appropriate features to offset potentially negative factors.

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