All forms of daylighting typically work toward the same goal – allowing natural light to illuminate the interior of a building. Skylights can brighten a room, add to the warmth of a home, and serve as a decorative flourish to complement the interior style of a house. They can also serve functional and aesthetic purposes for commercial facilities. If you are thinking of purchasing a skylight, you want to make sure that you select the right type for your specific needs and preferences.
A building’s design, orientation, and end use often dictate which type of system is most effective for a space, therefore evaluating which glazing material will work best for the application is important. Because skylights are available in many different styles and can be made using a variety of materials, the question of skylight glazing can be a tricky one.
There are big differences between glass, polycarbonate, and acrylic skylights. And knowing what makes each unique can help better assist you in choosing the type of skylight that is right for your project.
First, it is important to note that glass and polycarbonate panels are only available in flat profiles, and therefore require a suggested minimum of a 2:12 pitch to allow moisture to drain properly, in order to be within DĀLYTE’s warranty guidelines. Installing flat glazing on a flat roof will pool water, develop water rings where dust will collect, and cause the glazing to constantly look dirty.
When working on a flat roof, DĀLYTE recommends two skylight options: 1) Formed Acrylic Dome Skylights or 2) a Structural Skylight to introduce a pitched geometry.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the attributes and application considerations for DĀLYTE’s three glazing options below.