A naturally lit indoor living space is ideal for homeowners who want aesthetic and health-related benefits as well as the energy savings. While windows are considered the best way to provide natural lighting, there are situations where skylights are the better choice.
Open Floor Plans
Open floor plans create large and flexible indoor spaces that work with most home styles. Such large places require lots of natural light. Sprawling floor areas would likely end up with dimly lit spots. Strategically positioned skylights will provide more balanced lighting and is a more practical choice than resizing your windows or resorting to floor-to-ceiling windows.
Converting the attic space into a living area has its own unique set of challenges, from changes to the roof maintenance routine to making sure the space has sufficient ventilation and insulation. Natural lighting is among these challenges. Adding a new window isn’t as easy or practical on a sloped surface.
You can have dormer or gable windows installed, but skylights are more practical and stylish, and do not have a drastic effect on the roof design as gable windows would. You can also choose bigger glass areas and let more natural light into your interior. This is even better if the roof slope happens to be facing north as this will allow more even natural light compared to the harsh direct light that often comes through windows that face east to west.
Rooms Surrounded by Taller Structures
Homes that are built between closely adjoining neighboring houses would have very limited options for window placement. Only the curb-facing windows would get enough natural light for the immediate rooms. In these conditions, skylights are more practical, particularly for the rooms near the back.
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