Commercial Skylight Options

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With proper installation and maintenance, skylights can be a useful addition to a commercial building. Simply adding a skylight to your building can raise the building's appraisal value, reduce your energy costs, reduce maintenance costs for electrical lighting, and improve the environment and boost productivity in offices.

Although many people are familiar with the traditional skylight that has been around for years, there are many more options available. Modern skylight options do much more than let natural light into your building.

Traditional Skylights

These skylights use the same design that has been used for decades. It features an acrylic lens or a flat glass which filters the sunlight when it hits the ceiling of the building. These skylights are quite simple and also inexpensive. They can be added to different buildings with relative ease. Modern technology has improved some of the issues that plagued this type of skylight in the past such as water leaks. However, compared to the other options, you still get lower levels of energy savings and performance.

Tubular Skylights

This type of skylight is quite easy to install in an existing structure. They feature a cylindrical light well that's made using a reflective tubing that's also flexible. This type of skylight works well when you're trying to bring light around an obstruction. Tubular skylights are, unfortunately, not the best design for large buildings. This is due to their relatively small size.

Prismatic Skylights

These skylights are made from one or more prismatic lenses which enable them to diffuse and reflect light to different areas of a room. Although the amount of light they provide isn't exceptional, it's still adequate for many buildings. Their effectiveness can also be lowered depending on the position of the sun.

Sun-Tracking Skylights

These skylights, us GPS technology to position themselves at optimum angles to capture the light from the sun. This helps the skylight to direct light into the building even on days that are fairly overcast or when the sun is going down. With these skylights, you're able to have natural light in your building for much longer. This makes them a lot more effective at lowering energy consumption in buildings.

Fiber Optic Systems

These don't fit the typical definition of a skylight but they serve the same purpose. Solar panels on the roof collect light which is then sent to indoor light fixtures using fiber optic cables. This is a good option to discuss with a commercial roofing contracting company such as F B Roofing & Siding because it allows natural light to reach parts of the building that can't benefit from a regular skylight.

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