by Universal Roofs
Residential skylights are slowly becoming a trend among many homeowners today. Everyone wants to come back home to fresh air, amazing views of the skies both at night and during the day, without sacrificing security. Skylights allow you to enjoy nature from the comfort of your home and the experience of having one in the home has been proven to be good for mental health.
There are many models of residential skylights today, designed to suit different tastes and perform various cool functions. There is a skylight for every budget, all you have to do is search for it and get it installed.
Types of Residential Skylights
Solar-Powered Venting Skylights
Solar-Powered Venting Skylights are one of the most advanced leak-proof skylights in the market. They have in-built solar panels that capture the solar energy they run on and rain sensors that automatically close the skylight domes when it is about rain, courtesy of something known as the piezoelectric effect. You can also control the operations of this skylight via remote-control from anywhere in your home, and they come with laminated glass covers that serve as noise insulators.
Electric Venting Skylights
These skylights are designed for deck and curb-mounted installations. They also feature rain sensors and laminated glass covers. However, they run on electricity, unlike their solar-powered counterparts. Electric Venting lights have automated systems that make them quite easy to operate and if installed properly, will last for many years.
Fixed Venting Skylights
Fixed Venting Skylights are the most basic skylights in the market, and this makes them the most economical options for those with not-so-deep pockets. They require no electrical works or lighting posts to be installed, which also makes their installation costs quite on the low too. These skylights possess enhanced durability towards extreme weather conditions and are highly water-resistant. The best thing about them is probably their design flexibility. They are designed for curb and deck mounted installations, and will perfectly fit enclosed spaces, hallways, and stairwells.
Despite their relatively low costs, they still offer amazing quality, and you will get the value of your money from their performance.
Manual Venting Skylights
Manual Venting Skylights display installation versatility, as they are designed for curb and deck installations. They are also cheaper than other models, but they still regulate the internal atmosphere by ensuring total circulation of fresh air and moisture balance. Control of these skylights is by control or cranking rods for out-of-reach installations, which is a major reason why they are cheaper than other models with automated control systems. The skylight dome is made of laminated glass with a silicone and titanium dioxide Neat® film that makes the surface so smooth that it disperses water evenly and easily.
Flat Roof Skylights
Flat Roof Skylights are innovative skylights designed primarily for homes with flat or low-pitched roofs. For so long, skylights could only be installed on elevated roofs, but the flat roof skylights came to change the game.
There are many types of flat roof skylights, namely CVP – Flat Roof Manual Venting Skylights, CXP – Flat Roof Exit Skylights, and CFP – Flat Roof Skylights. Each of these flat roof skylights has different perks and features, but the one feature binding them together is that they are designed to fit flat or low-pitched roofs (0-15° angle). Flat Roof Skylights are durable, leak-proof, and possess every other basic feature other models have.
These are unique skylight models that stand out from the rest for a couple of reasons. They possess larger glass surface area, which helps them provide up to 46% more lighting during the day. Installing these skylights is quite easy because it requires no mastic, step-flashing, or sealants.
Professional residential skylight installers will get them installed in about 1/3 of the time for other models, which can also be attributed to their patented one-piece extrusion. E-Class Skylights Standard eMAX3 glazing also satisfies Energy Star requirements in the United States and they come with an integrated Ultra-seal flashing system that ensures leak-proof performance.
The solar-powered version of E-Class Skylights is eligible for a 26% Federal Tax Credit on product costs and installation. The standard baked enamel finish in Quaker Bronze of E-class skylights gives them a stylish appearance that will fit even the most luxurious houses. And last but not least, they have an effective condensation control system that does not feature weep holes.
Accessories for Residential Skylights
Accessories enhance the functionality and aesthetics of residential skylights. You should consider retrofitting your residential skylights with one or two of these accessories for better experience.
VELUX ACTIVE indoor climate control
This accessory works for Solar Powered Venting Skylights. What it does is give you total control over your skylight via a mobile app on your phone or a remote control. It also comes with sensors that regulate your home’s CO2, temperature, and humidity levels by closing and opening your skylights automatically.
This accessory is primarily for manual skylights like the manual venting skylights. It comes in handy when you want to open and close skylight panels out of arm’s reach.
Flashing systems basically enhance the leak-proof feature of your skylight by preventing water from flowing through.
Blinds or awning blinds are designed to reduce the intensity of light passing through your skylight domes. This helps solve vision issues, overheating, and limits the effects of excess UV radiation on your skin.
Blinds are manufactured in a variety of designs, colors, and sizes, so you can select the ones that fit the décor of your home or office.
Residential Skylight Installation and Repair
Poor installation is responsible for many skylight faults and you should do everything you can to avoid it. You can start by hiring Residential Skylight installers like Universal Roofs. We are skylight specialists with the tools, personnel, and technical know-how to successfully install your residential skylight. Have we mentioned that we carry out Residential Skylight Replacement too? Well, now we have.
We also conduct top-notch Residential Skylight Repairs. Skylight problems can be nasty, but they can even get more complicated if they are not repaired promptly and properly. Residential skylight repair is our forte at Universal Roofs and we promise to get your faulty skylight back to optimal condition, with an assurance of zero future complications.
Our Residential Skylight Installation and Repair services
Residential Skylight Leak Repairs Toronto – Leaks are one of the most common problems of skylights. They often originate from a degrading flashing system or cracks in the glass dome. To fix this, our specialists will make use of special sealants to make your skylights water-proof once again. If we need to replace the glass dome with a better model, then we will too.
Broken Handle/hinges Repairs Toronto – This problem is quite common with manual residential skylights. The handles or hinges may break due to mishandling or wear and tear. But not to worry, our experts will help you replace the damaged handles or hinges and once again give you full manual control over your skylight panels.
Faulty Weather Gasket Repairs Toronto – When a weather gasket develops a fault, it most likely needs to be changed. Our specialists will handle this task professionally and ensure that your residential skylight is fixed with only authentic weather gaskets.
Residential Skylight Installations Toronto – Skylight installation is more like a routine activity for our experts, but we deal handle them with great care and precision. We make no mistakes, so you will never have to deal with complications from poor installations.
Whether you want to install or repair your residential skylight, we promise that it is in good hands with us. We are the best of the bunch, so your skylight could not be in better hands. Reach out to us today.