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Finding the Right Roof Window/Skylight for Your Needs – Things You Should Consider

If you are looking to add more light to your living or working space, the right skylights can be the key to unlocking a brighter, more sustainable environment. By carefully selecting the perfect skylight or roof window for your home, you will elevate the ambiance of your space, enhance your sense of well- being and importantly, you will make a meaningful impact on your energy consumption and carbon footprint.

Whether you are seeking to fill a dark room with more natural light or strategically harness the sun’s rays to reduce your reliance on artificial lighting, the options are vast. Read on to discover more about integrating skylights into your home, and things to consider ensuring you choose the right skylights for your needs.

Assessing Your Space and Goals

Before purchasing skylights, it is essential to look at your home and figure out what you want to achieve with skylights. Do you want to add more light to a dim room or hallway, improve ventilation, enhance aesthetics, increase energy-efficiency or a combination of these benefits? Understanding your objectives is the first step in the process.

If energy efficiency is a key concern, look for skylights with low-emissivity coatings and insulated glazing as this will help to minimise heat loss and reduce energy consumption. If ventilation is a priority, choose openable skylights equipped with built-in screens, rain detection sensors, and electric operation for easy airflow control.

If you want to create a wow factor within your home and maximise natural light, then why not install multiple roof window/skylights side by side within a large open void in the ceiling. 

Roof Window/Skylight Styles

Roof windows/Skylights come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, each offering unique benefits and functionalities. Fixed skylights are stationary windows, ideal for bringing in natural light and creating a sense of openness in any room. They are ideal for use in areas where ventilation is not a priority, such as hallways or stairwells. Openable skylights can be opened and closed, either manually or via remote control, to provide fresh air, improving airflow and ventilation throughout the space. Leading brands we use are Velux, Keylite and Atlite. They are perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas that require extra ventilation as well as light.

Optimal Placement

It is a good idea to consult with a professional skylight installer who can assess your specific situation and provide tailored placement recommendations based on your needs and the characteristics of your home. However, there are a few factors that can influence placement, including:

The pitch and structure of your roof, whether you have a flat or raked ceiling, the distance from roof to ceiling and the structure of your roof at ceiling level with structural beam locations, air conditioning locations along with other services.

You should also determine the orientation of your roof. Skylights/roof windows installed onto a north-facing roof will intensify brightness and heat impact. If you have raked ceilings a south, southwest or southeast facing roof will provide a softer less intensive light mor suited to your house.

In hot climates, you should also consider the angle and size of the skylight to minimise heat gain. Skylights with low-emissivity coatings or solar blinds can help reduce heat transfer. In colder climates, larger skylights will maximise solar heat gain, naturally warming your space reducing the need for expensive heating systems.

The function of the room below will also determine the placement – For example, if it is a bathroom, you might want the skylight directly above the vanity. If it is a kitchen, you might want it over a cooking area for additional task lighting. If it is a living area, you may wish to consider placing the skylights, so they result in minimal glare whilst relaxing on the couch or watching television.

For the Best Result, Choose Professional Installation

Entrusting a skilled skylight installer not only ensures precision and attention to detail but also provides peace of mind that your skylights or roof windows are installed properly, for optimal performance and longevity. With their extensive knowledge and experience, professional installers will guide you every step of the way and ensure the best result from your skylight installation.

It is best to install your roof windows/skylights before you install Solar Panels, Solar HWS other services onto your roof.

By understanding your needs, exploring different options, and considering the above factors, you can find the perfect skylight to enhance your home and lifestyle. Whether you are seeking to bathe your kitchen in natural light or increase light flow and ventilation in your bathroom, the right skylights will help you create a space that is light, bright, and incredibly energy efficient.

Skylights in Perth WA

If you have been searching for the best skylight, Perth’s CALIDAD Industries is here to help. We are passionate about providing high-quality, environmentally friendly building solutions to improve comfort and energy efficiency in Perth homes and businesses. Whether you need standard skylight products or a customised option, reach out to us today by calling 9302 6622 or enquire online now.


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