In the market for Skylights in Adelaide? We don’t blame you – the increasingly-popular home additions can transform any room while adding pizzazz and useful functionality. Here are 10 things to consider before you make the big purchase:
- Skylights naturally bring light into a home, just by virtue of their purpose, but you should consider where exactly in your home you decide to place it for maximum efficiency. Some of the most effective options are dark hallways or bathrooms that don’t have windows, because skylights capture up to 30% more light than your standard window. When considering location, ponder if any of the current light fixtures in place can be removed to save money. Skylights also offer an aesthetic benefit – they can capture a view that otherwise wouldn’t be in sight, and can also make a room seem more spacious. Here are 5 reasons skylights will surprise you.
- The biggest expense when installing a skylight will likely be installation cost, because simply cutting a hole into your house would be fairly easy if it didn’t require a professional touch. That’s why there’s a range of skylights to meet your budget and needs. Solar powered skylights provide a level of automatic based on solar power and don’t need electric wires to run through the roof. They typically cost $1,200-$1,500, while installation may take on another $300. Vented and fixed skylights offer a bit more control, whether they come with a manual crank handle or are automated. Either way, you get what you pay for. Find out how much skylight installation costs.
- We’ve mentioned location, but have you considered where exactly the skylight will be placed in the aforementioned room? How will it fit in your interior ceiling? Will it align with the sun’s natural path? How will the roof affect how much light shines through? These are all very important considerations, as are the size and shape of your ultimate skylight.
- We’ve taken a look at vented and fixed skylights, which range from coming with a simple hatches to automatic skylights complete with a remote. But what other types of accessories should you consider? If you don’t want an automated skylight, you can simply crank them down by hand or purchase blinds and horizontal shades to reduce the light, especially in bedrooms. There’s also the option for exterior solar shades and awnings to help reduce the level of light entering the home.
- Skylights come in a range of sizes, from squares, ovals, rectangles, and circles. Oval and circular options will usually have a domed shape, while square and rectangles tend to come glazed with tempered glass. Which takes us to out next consideration.
- There are several options for tempered glass, including tempered double-insulate, tempered double-insulated with low e-coating (which reduce energy emission), ones with argon gas between the panes, tempered with bronze tint and tempered over-laminated. All of these choices have implications for heat retention, protection from the elements, the look, and enhanced strength and safety.
- The size of your skylight will depend significantly on its chosen location. They can run from as small as 8” tubular skylights to run along a rod ridge, while others can take up a whole roof. As a general room of thumb, aim for a skylight surface that will cover 5 to 10% of the room’s area.
- Flat or domed? Domed skylights are more likely to come in plastic while flat ones will be plastic or glass. Domed or bubble options are typically placed on flat roofs for aesthetic appeal. They tend to be stronger and more durable than flat skylights, may not not add as much attractiveness to your room.
- The next two considerations may be the most important as they measure how much energy and heat you’ll be saving. The first thing you’ll notice when browsing skylights is they come with a Visible Light Transference rating, or perhaps a UV blockage number. These convey how much light will be transmitted through the skylight. If keeping sunlight away from delicate objects is a priority, be sure to look into this.
- Lastly, consider three ratings that relate to heat flow. R Value and U Value measure how much heat flows. A higher R Value means greater energy efficiency, while a lower U Value is the rate of transfer of heat. Lastly, Shading Coefficient measures solar heat gain, an important consideration if you want your skylight to provide not just extra light, but warmth as well.
Come visit the Southside Group at our main location at 331-333 Main South Road in Morphett Vale just south of Adelaide. We’ll be happy to talk over your skylight options and work out exactly which kind of skylights would be the best fit for you with a no obligation quote.