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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Col. I live in Perth and I have a passion for construction. I am pretty useless when it comes to construction work so I tend to leave it to the experts. However, I find that there is nothing more pleasing than seeing a team of construction workers complete a job. Over the years, I have hired many different types of construction worker and they have all taken the time to chat with me. During these conversations, I have learnt so pretty interesting things which I will be exploring on this blog. Enjoy!

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How to Plan for the Construction of Skylight Windows

Ethan Burton

If you are interested in increasing overall natural light in your home, you should think about using a skylight window. Skylight windows are perfect for rooms without direct sunlight flow. These openings will provide a convenient aperture for sunlight. You can also use the unit to promote better indoor ventilation. In addition, this feature will add aesthetic interest to the architectural design of buildings. Here are some simple planning tips to consider before the installation of a skylight window:

Choose a Suitable Spot

You should choose an ideal spot for installing your skylight window. The choice of position will determine the functional or visual impact of the new structure. In simple terms, if the window is poorly placed then you will not improve light flow optimally, and the appeal of the feature might be low. Therefore, it is important to evaluate the house. Select a section of the roof which will ensure exceptional natural light and airflow. You should also ensure that the space available in that section will be enough for the placement of the skylight.

Consider the Support

It is crucial to think about structural support before commissioning the construction of a skylight window. In general, when you install the new structure, your roofing framework will be exposed to a lot of stress. If there is no additional support, your house might be exposed to stress and accelerated wear. Where possible, it is advisable to reinforce the skylight by improving both vertical and horizontal support. Consult your contractor for guidance on the best options for structural support. For instance, you can use trimmers and rafters for reinforcement.

Compare Materials

When purchasing a skylight window, you should determine the right material for the structure. There are two primary options to consider: glass and plastic. In general, the former material is more favoured because of the harsh conditions in most parts of the country. Glass can endure adverse weather without promoting the risk of accelerated degradation. Additionally, the robust glass windows can be designed for optimal insulation; you can opt for double or even triple glazing. In addition, there are diverse design options in terms of shapes, and you can opt for tinted, clear and coated glass. Plastic skylights are great if you are looking for a lightweight solution. Glass can be heavy and might strain a house with a weak roofing framework.

If you are not sure about the right choices concerning your skylight window project, you should seek guidance from an experienced contractor before finalising your decisions.


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