Flat roof skylights let in more natural light, saving on electricity bills. They also add a contemporary look to a space, as the extra light makes an area look more spacious. Some of the common pitfalls associated with skylights include water pooling, poor quality material, leaking, air loss, UV damage to the internal fittings, and lack of insulation. Below are 6 factors to consider before buying skylights:

  1. Their main use

The first thing that you should consider when buying a skylight is its main use. If you want to add more light to a room, without any additional ventilation, you can go for fixed skylights. If you also want some extra ventilation, you can choose the opening type of skylight. The opening type has a controllable actuator, to enable it to close or open when needed. It is advisable to buy the fixed unit unless the unit will be easily accessible. The fixed option is cheaper. If you do not want to lose any heat from the room, the Eco triple glazed unit is ideal. If the unit will be trod on, the Walk-On option is ideal.

  1. Quality

Quality is one of the biggest pitfalls when it comes to skylights. Some of the ways to ensure that you are going for a quality unit is to ask whether it is compliant with EU legislation for quality, or whether they are certified by other relevant bodies, for instance, DANAK, The Danish Accreditation and Metrology Fund.

  1. Energy Ratings

Energy ratings are also referred to as the U value. Your building’s design and the climate of your area determine the importance of the energy ratings. Lower ratings translate into lower amounts of heat lost.

  1. Size

The size of your flat roof skylights will be based on where you intend to place the units and the amount of light you would like to let in. The frames have standard shapes and sizes. Some companies in the UK could custom a size that fits your needs. Creating unique dimensions, depending on how you set the square or rectangular unit will save on costs. If you want a circular shape, for instance, you can buy a large square unit, where the corners will be covered by your roof’s structure after installation.

  1. The location of the skylight

The best location is one that will optimise energy efficiency, ventilation, and access to light, depending on the type of skylight chosen. Placing the unit in a south-facing area may result in an overexposure to UV rays. If you opt for an opening unit, do not place it under trees or obstacles. Debris may fall into your home via the open gap.

  1. Material

The material of the unit will determine pivotal factors like its durability and whether it will leak. Units with plastic glazing will not last and many of them will leak. Go for a curbed skylight which has energy-efficient glazing. It should have a factory flashing kit to ensure that the unit will not leak.

All in All

Flat roof skylights are a great way to add natural light to your home or office. They are also cost effective, as you save on electricity bills. The above factors will help you avoid the common pitfalls of buying skylights.