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Schenectady Roofing: Article About Skylights For Passive Solar Heating

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A beautiful way for Schenectady homeowners to cut heating costs in winter is by adding skylights to the roof of their homes. This not only allows the warming rays of the sun to enter, but it can also really light up a dark interior and cut lighting costs as well.

However, a homeowner might wonder if the reverse is true in summer. Will a skylight admit a large amount of heat during the warmer months and drive up the cooling bill? Since skylights can be purchased with built in shading, this is not necessarily the case. With the push of a button, the skylight will be covered against the sun's rays.

Schenectady homeowners interested in having skylights installed in their homes should contact an experienced Schenectady roofing contractor. A qualified roofing professional will visit the home's location and assess the condition of the roof. According to each unique situation, a roofing professional can advise the homeowner on which type of skylight would be the best fit for the home in question. Factors like the home's facing direction or the presence of very large trees near the home will all be taken into consideration.

The roofing contractors at Ideal Construction of Schenectady NY can answer any questions you have regarding windows or insurance claims.

Materials used in the construction of skylights in years past did nothing to prevent heat loss from skylights on a cold night or cloudy winter days. However, the newer materials from which skylights are now made have vastly improved this problem. Layers of glazing on the glass panes and the use of multiple panes containing argon gas between the layers have vastly improved the performance of skylights.

Although plastic skylights are cheaper in price, for passive solar heating, glass skylights are the better product. Plastic skylights will "haze" or become very cloudy over time. This will make visibility impossible, and more importantly, it will greatly reduce the amount of sunlight that can pass through the plastic. Glass, on the other hand, will remain totally clear for the life of the product. However, dirt and debris can build up on a skylight, just like any other part of a roof. It would be a good idea to have skylights periodically cleaned.

For summer's hot days, some skylights can also be opened to ventilate a room. This can really help to cool down a home because the hottest air gathers near the ceiling. The skylights can be opened manually with a crank, a rod or by remote control. Some of the more expensive brands even have sensors that will close the skylights when it begins to rain.

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