To prevent your new skylight from turning your house into a solar oven, it’s important to look into some of the energy efficient skylight options offered by a knowledgeable skylight window supplier. Tinted glass can reduce the amount of heat energy coming through your skylights. The slope and position of your skylight also determines its energy efficiency.
Glass vs. Plastic
Plastic glazing for skylights is less expensive than glass glazing and yet it’s still fairly durable. Plastic is more susceptible to wear, however, and will scratch, discolor or warp easily. And unless the plastic is coated with a special film, these kinds of glazes let in dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, which can harm people’s skin and fade furniture, too. If you’ve ever seen dome- or bubble-shaped skylights in someone’s home, chances are those skylights are plastic.Generally that design is considered out of style now.
Fixed vs. Vented
Venting skylights can be installed on roofs with slopes between 15 and 85 degrees, and all flat roof surfaces. Venting skylights are suitable to practically all kinds of areas in your house or office, especially the bathrooms and kitchens where ventilation is frequently required. There are also many flashing systems that can be installed with your Venting skylights, to ensure waterproofing quality and efficiency. Most of these systems are suitable to shingles and shakes, metal roofing, and high profile roofing. A Venting skylight system is usually available with several safety glass options for added protection, UV and weather resistant coatings, and a scope of sizes to suit your needs.