Glass Skylight & Dome
Skylights are structures of different size and shape primarily helping in transmitting light into the building. They either form the complete roof structure or they may fit partially into the roof to perform its intended day-lighting purpose. They are made of glass, acrylic or polycarbonate and are essentially transparent or translucent structures that allow light to pass through. Skylights might include such structures like roof windows, tubular daylighting devices, and sloped glazing roofs. The other purpose of skylights apart from day-lighting is the visual connection it provides to the entire structure from both inside and outside.
Dome skylights are designed to shut out inclement weather, are shaped to wash themselves in rain, can be insulated (double domes), will provide ventilation, access to the roof and even help fight fires. Due to their unique shape, residential dome skylights are immune to many of the potential problems caused by water pooling. Sometimes a skylight is the only way to bring natural daylight into a building. On a square foot basis, skylights admit far more light and distribute light much more evenly than a vertical window simply because they face directly towards the sky.
Skylights may also be used to advantage in building entrances to enhance foyers or spotlight attractive features such as sculptures, murals, paintings, planters, reecting pools, etc. A whole room roofed over with skylights can add greatly to the atmosphere of a garden court or restaurant.
Dome Skylight Use
- For all commercial, industrial, institutional or residential buildings.
- With flat or sloping roofs, any construction.
- For new construction or renovation of existing structures.
- For conventional or unusual applications.
Dome Skylight General Features
- Wide range of standard types, dome colour and sizes to suit virtually any function or aesthetic requirement; also custom fabricated to any size or shape for unusual lighting effects.
- Free day lighting provides electric power saving and subsequent maintenance of artificial lighting.
- Fast installation of pre-assembled units minimizes on-site costs.
- Positive curb frame seal stops wind, rain, snow and dust; pliability of seal permits free expansion of acrylic during atmospheric change; low conductivity of acrylic resists formation of condensation.
- Adds to apparent size of small rooms.
- Acrylic dome materials proven to resist discoloration, hazing and loss of strength in more than a half-century of successful outdoor use. Meets fire code requirements when tested in accordance with ASTM D-635.
Advantages of Skylights
- They let natural light inside and hence they can save energy cost. They are essential elements for buildings to be certified Green. Many estimates point out to the fact that the energy saving can be up to one-third of the total energy cost.
- Many studies also point to a different fact that people who spend more time under a skylight structure are exposed to natural light. This has a very positive psychological impact on them.