Fixed skylights will introduce more light into a dimly-lit kitchen, hallway, bathroom, or another part of a home. A skylight is secured to a rooftop through either a flush or curb-mounted process. Learn how this type of upgrade is performed and the improvements that may be experienced by a homeowner.
Fixed Versus Ventilated
A fixed skylight is one that contains a galvanized steel or aluminum frame that is surrounded by a piece of glass. A fixed skylight is one that is designated solely for increasing the amount of natural sunlight that filters into a home. This type of skylight will not need to be accessed by a homeowner unless the glass pane or framework needs to be cleaned.
A ventilated skylight will contain the same type of framework as a fixed skylight. A pane of glass will rest within the framework. This type of skylight will allow light in. It will also allow the homeowner to increase the amount of ventilation that they are supplied with. A ventilated skylight will contain a latch or a remote device. These features will provide a homeowner with the option of opening or closing the skylight.
A customer can choose a single-paned or double-paned section of glass for their new skylight system. Glass panel products are similar to the products that a window supplier sells. Tempered glass is durable and will withstand debris and other airborne materials that come into contact with it. Some glass products may contain thermal-resistant properties or a UV coating.
A glass supplier provides a skylight manufacturer with pane materials that are essential for creating each skylight product that they sell. An installer will use a flush or curb-mounted process to install a new skylight. A flush process involves aligning the glass with the current roofing materials. A fixed or ventilated skylight will be secured within the rooftop. It will rest evenly with the height of the roofing materials.
A curb-mounted process will involve installing some materials that are elevated. These materials will extend upward from the rooftop. The skylight will be installed within the curb materials. This type of process will provide a little bit of height to part of the roof. Some fixed and ventilated skylights are designed to be adjusted. An installer can angle the glass sections. This process may increase the amount of sunlight that is filtered into a home at a specific time of the day.
Contact a contractor for more information about fixed skylights.