Skylights, sky windows, and roof windows are all types of windows that are installed on a roof, but they differ in their design and functionality. Here is a brief explanation of all three:
- Skylights: Skylights are windows that are installed directly onto a roof and are designed to provide natural light and ventilation to a room. They are typically fixed in place and cannot be opened, although some skylights are designed to open for ventilation purposes.
- Sky windows: Sky windows are a type of skylight that is designed to provide a view of the sky. They are typically larger than traditional skylights and are often installed in areas where there is a beautiful view, such as in a mountain or ocean view home.
- Roof windows: Roof windows are like skylights but are typically designed to be opened and closed for ventilation. They are installed directly onto the roof and can be operated manually or electronically.
Issues with Skylights, Sky Windows, and Roof Windows
These windows can provide many benefits, including increased natural light and ventilation to a room. However, they can also come with some potential problems, including:
Leaks: One of the most common problems with skylights, sky windows, and roof windows is leaks. If they are not properly installed or maintained, they can allow water to enter your home, causing damage to your ceiling, walls, and floors.
Heat loss or gain: Skylights, sky windows, and roof windows can also affect the temperature of your home. In the winter, they can allow heat to escape, while in the summer, they can let in too much heat, making your home less energy efficient. Speak to a roofer about adding insulation to the window area.
Condensation: If there is not enough ventilation in the room where the skylight or window is installed, condensation can form on the glass, causing water damage and mold growth. Your roofer can evaluate the source of the condensation and offer a fix.
To avoid these potential problems, it is important to have skylights, sky windows, and roof windows installed by a professional roofing contractor and to have them inspected and maintained regularly. Proper insulation and ventilation can also help to reduce heat loss or gain and prevent condensation. Additionally, it is important to choose high-quality windows that are designed to withstand the elements and provide the right level of energy efficiency and safety.
For more information, contact a local company.