One of the simplest yet delightful features of any enclosed space is a
skylight. Ranging from large roof cut-outs positioned above open-well
staircases or simple roof punctures above a bathing space, skylights
have been around ever since our ancestors mastered the art of
or roof lights are basically windows in a roof and are primarily
installed with the intention of allowing natural light into a space.
However a well designed roof light can also work as an excellent
means of ventilation or simple an opening through which one can gaze
a starry night while being comfortably sheltered. Modern day roof
lights are available in various shapes and sizes and can also be
easily customized to suit your requirements. One can also opt for
fixed or operable roof windows depending on the nature of space and
the size of the roof cut-out.
initially were just a strategically positioned cut-out in the roof of
a structure. The most famous example that one can think of is the
oculus of the Pantheon in Rome. Although such a setting allowed for
excellent quality of natural light in traditionally gloomy spaces,
there were concerns of rainwater, dust, and fluctuating temperatures
which caused a lot of discomfort. However, with the industrial
revolution, glass became an increasingly common material and emerged
as the best option to cover the roof cut-outs. Today, ready to fit
roof windows are produced on a mass scale and are available in a host
of options to fit any cut-out size.
skylights popular in Malaysia?
being a tropical country presents a great opportunity for roof light
systems owing to the abundance of natural light it receives
throughout the year. With the right experts you can easily determine the type
of installation, desired angles, geometries, etc. that can give you
the best possible outcome. However, since the intensity of sun can
get considerable high in certain seasons, we recommend that you opt
for a combination of roof windows with blinds or shutters in order to
receive good daylight but at the same time relatively less heat load.
should I consider when installing a skylight in a room?
skylight installation is fairly simple; however, one needs to be
extremely careful with its security and waterproofing mechanisms. To
begin with, you must identify which spaces in your house could
benefit with additional natural light. This could be your reading
space, bedroom, or even the entrance corridor. Roof lights work as an
excellent element of surprise, especially in spaces which are
traditionally enclosed with little or no natural light. Hence, a
space such as a bathroom which is usually artificially lit can be
elevated to a whole new level of elegance with just a simple roof
window above the shower space.
the construction point of view, a skylight which is installed while
the roof is being casted is ideal. However, with modern day
techniques you can easily install a skylight whenever you desire. The
process usually begins with cutting a hole in the roof, followed by
installing a ready-made frame for the opening, sealing all junctions
with high quality waterproofing membranes and sealants and finally
the placing the window onto the framework. In order to enhance the
overall setting, you can also opt for decorative lighting fixtures
around the roof window. One of the easiest ways to go ahead with it,
is installing thin LED strips around the framework to give the space
a nice elegant touch.
should I maintain the skylight?
with any other installation in the house, skylights too require
periodic cleaning and maintenance. Make sure that the glass is
cleaned from time to time in order to ensure good day light quality.
For other aspects such as checking the waterproofing membranes,
frames, etc. it is recommended that you rely on an experienced
roofing contractor. Not only will this ensure a leak proof and
adequately insulated ceiling, it will also lead to long lasting and
to a normal window, roof lights can be provided with blinds or shutters for days when the intensity of sun
gets very high. Both these options are widely available with a host
of colour options and sizes that can fit any cut-out shape. Blinds or
shutters could be automated and can provide you the flexibility to
determine how much of natural light you desire in the space. Apart
from controlling the intensity of light, these devices could also be
very effective in controlling the glare that might become a nuisance
especially during your afternoon nap. Blinds and shutters can be
manufactured with a number of materials such as PVC, aluminium, and
wood, etc. While choosing the blinds we recommend that you consider
the type and nature of the surrounding finishes in order that blinds
or shutters complement the overall setting of that particular space.
Similar to the main installation, you must ensure that blinds and
shutters and periodically cleaned in order to keep them dust free as
well as in desirable working condition. Good quality shutters or
blinds can easily last well above a year.
trends and sustainability
suggests that working or studying in daylight has positive effects on
our state of mind and can directly lead to increased productivity.
Further, from the sustainability point of view, roof lights can help
you to reduce your lighting and to some extents cooling costs. A
strategically positioned cut-out can draw in adequate amounts of
natural light thus directly reducing your dependency on artificial
sources of light. By opting for double glazed or triple glazed units,
you can further reduce the heat gains without compromising on the
overall quality of light entering the space.