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    Things to consider before buying a skylight

    Skyspan Skylights

    Skyspan Skylights is a market-leading supplier of natural lighting products, offering a comprehensive product portfolio.

    Skylights are installed to bring natural light into a dark and drab room. Not only do skylights brighten up a room, they can also provide ventilation, helping to significantly bring down energy costs on heating, cooling and lighting.

    Before buying a skylight, one will need to consider a few things such as the type of skylight, point of installation, skylight size and shape to suit the chosen space, type of glazing, and very importantly, the installer.

    Skylight shapes

    Skylights come in various shapes and sizes and are made from different materials. Some of the most common shapes include rectangular, oval, circular and polygon in addition to tubular daylighting devices (tubelights).

    While rectangular skylights are the simplest among all models and tend to fit most rooms, a polygonal shape will meet the expectations of those seeking something a little more elaborate and decorative. Tubular shapes are newer models and ideal for smaller sized rooms. Their small size not only helps to minimise heat loss in winter months but will also reduce any impact on the architecture of the home.

    Skylight glazing

    Glass and plastic are the two most common types of glazing used in skylights. Plastic glazing is less expensive and sturdier than glass. However, the plastic surface is more prone to scratches and can become discoloured over time. All Skyspan skylights are 99% UV reflective.

    Glass is more expensive, but is also more durable and does not become discoloured. In order to provide maximum impact resistance and prevent the glass from breaking into large, sharp pieces, glass skylights are made from tempered and/or laminated glass.

    Choosing a skylight installer

    Skyspan advises homeowners to always use a professional installer to install skylights. The installation process is a complicated procedure and if not done properly, could compromise the structural integrity of the home. A professional can also provide the right advice on the positioning, style and size that would best suit the home.

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