What are the Different Types of Skylights?

What are the Different Types of Skylights? | IBEX Roof

If you want to make your home more energy efficient, we suggest installing skylights. They’re a good source of natural lighting and help reduce your energy bills significantly due to daylighting. However, people tend to get confused when it comes to choosing the types of skylights for their roofs. Therefore, we have put together the different types of skylights and their purpose.

1. Fixed Skylights

The most common types of skylights are fixed skylights. As the name suggests, they are fixed on the roof and do not open. They are good for places like attics and stairwells, where you don’t need much ventilation. However,  you can also get them installed in rooms with hard-to-reach high ceilings for some extra daylight and star-gazing.

2. Ventilated Skylights 

If you want daylight in your rooms but would like some air as well, we suggest getting ventilated skylights. They look exactly like fixed skylights; however, you can open them to let in some fresh air, and remove excessive moisture. Ventilated skylights are good for kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms.

3. Tubular Skylights

If you don’t have much space on your ceiling to install fixed or ventilated skylights, you can still get the daylight to illuminate your home using tubular skylights. These skylights are in the shape of a small tube with a 10 to 15-inch diameter. It starts from your roof and goes all the way to the room where you need natural light. The tube uses optical techniques to direct the sunlight down the shaft and into the room.

4. Custom Skylights 

Custom skylights are uniquely designed as per your preference. They can be of any shape or size, tilted or straight, ventilated or fixed, and are usually installed to improve the aesthetic appearance of your home or building. However, many people go for custom skylights in instances where regular skylights cannot be installed due to roofing conditions. And while these skylights make your home look trendy, make sure to use hurricane-resistant glass and rain sensors.

5. Dome Acrylic Skylights 

If you want the natural light to stream into your home even when the sun is not as bright, the dome acrylic skylights are a good option. They are made of flexible yet strong plastic that spread light evenly around the room. And, the shape is such that it brightens up your room even with little light. Most people use dome acrylic skylights in their entrances to highlight decorations like sculptures and paintings. 

6. Barrel Vault Skylight

Barrel vault skylights are specific to non-residential buildings as they require almost 80% of the roof’s surface for installation. These skylights provide an economical and practical solution to brighten up lobbies, entrances, interiors, and passageways in buildings. Barrel vault skylights are also used as canopies to cover walkways between buildings.

Everyone wants to have a home filled with natural light. It not only saves costs, but makes the interior look spacious, airy, and fresh. Not sure which skylight is the right one for you? No problem! Our team is here to help. There are so many different options available, we’d love to learn more about what you’re envisioning for your home. Then, we’ll make the right recommendations for your home and budget. Give us a call today for your next skylight installation!

What to Consider Before Installing a Brand New Skylight

What to Consider Before Installing a Brand New Skylight | IBEX Roof

Do you have a room in your home that seems dull and gloomy? Why not install a skylight to add some cheery vibes to it? Skylights not only make a space bright and sunny but also make it appear spacious with fresh air ventilation. Here are some factors to consider if you are planning on adding a skylight to your roof.

Avoid Skylight Glare

Skylights are a good source of letting in natural light; however, on days when the sun is too bright, especially in summer, it can make your home excessively warm and uncomfortable. Not only this, but unfiltered sunlight can cause discoloration of upholstery, rugs, and curtains. Therefore, when installing skylights, get a UV filter or shade installed with them to lessen the impact of sun exposure.

Opt for Ventilated Skylights

Skylights come in different styles and shapes; however, if you want your home to be cool and bright, go for ventilated skylights, preferably with an automatic mechanism. When the weather gets too hot in summer, it’s nice to open the skylights to let in some fresh air. Not only does this lower the internal temperature of your home, but ventilation helps keep the interior fresh and moisture-free.

Skylight Shape for Better Lighting

The shape of the skylight plays an important role in lighting up your room. For instance, if you want a skylight that spreads light all over the space, install a skylight with flares, like a pyramid or dome-shaped skylight. If you want to focus on a particular area of the room, get a skylight with straight sides so that the light can linearly enter the room.

Type of Roof

Another thing you should consider when installing skylights is the type of roof your house has. If your home has a stick-framed roof built using individual rafters spaced 4 feet apart, there’s plenty of room to cut and fit a skylight between the rafters. However, if your house has a truss-framed roof, you cannot cut the trusses after installation, as it can weaken the roof’s structure. So, if you still want to get skylights, make sure they are less than 2 feet wide so they can fit in the space between the beams.

Limit Heat Gain with the Right Skylight Material

Skylight material is essential in keeping your home comfortable because the last thing you want is your home to become boiling hot. Therefore, when installing a skylight, ensure that it is made with tempered, double-insulated glass with a bronze tint and argon gas between the panes. This type of skylight reduces heat gain and can be installed on any side of the house. 

Skylights are quite integral for illuminating your home and keeping it ventilated. However, there are certain factors you should consider before installing a brand new skylight so that it can benefit you and your home’s interior instead of causing issues. We hope these factors are helpful to keep in mind if you’re considering a new skylight. Our team at IBEX Roof is here to answer any of your questions. Just let us know what you need and we’ll make knowledgable recommendations to meet your needs.

Your Annual Roof Inspection Checklist

Your Annual Roof Inspection Checklist | IBEX Roof

If you’ve built a new roof for your house, we recommend inspecting it at least once a year. A bi-annual or annual inspection can help you spot potential issues and get them sorted before they become serious with a huge expense. As a homeowner, you can spot many underlying issues by just going around the house and checking out the roof from ground level or noticing other signs of damage from the inside.

So, how can you inspect your roof by staying on the ground, and what things can a roofer spot by getting up on the roof? 

A Homeowner’s Roof Inspection Checklist

Here’s a list of things you can check for on your roof from the ground or inside:

1. Water Damage

If you see dark spots or circles on the ceiling or walls inside your home, your roof leaks, causing the water to seep into the walls. 

2. Mold

If you notice small clusters of black, dark green, brown, grey, or white spots inside your home, it is a clear sign of mold growth. This is caused by excessive moisture inside the house, probably from the decking under the roof.

3. Sagging Between the Rafters 

If you see your home’s ceiling sagging or light coming through the rafters, there’s either a hole in your roof or the moisture has caused the ceiling to sag. Both these issues are quite severe and call for immediate repairs.

What You Might Not Be Able To See

At IBEX Roof, we have a very extensive list we use to evaluate your roof from the top down to inside and out. We never recommend climbing your roof to look for roof damage on your own. Here are the most common signs of damage a professional roofer might find on your roof:

1. Cracking and Blistering Shingles 

Cracks and blisters in shingles are common and are caused by excessive water accumulation behind the roofing layers. They can also appear due to improper attic ventilation that causes the roof temperature to rise, resulting in cracks and blisters on the shingles. 

2. Loose Nails

Another thing to check for is loose nails. These are also caused by moisture and high temperature on the roof and are quite dangerous as loose nails can cause roof components to come undone. 

3. Granule Loss

Shingles are embedded with mineral granules that protect them from direct sun exposure and help retain their color. Heavy rainstorms can knock off the granules causing the shingles to wear off faster than usual. Therefore, checking the granule loss level when getting your roof inspected is important.

4. Dented Flashing

Flashing is the metal sheet placed under the shingles to prevent snow and water from entering the openings and cracks on the roof. Get your roof inspected for dented or missing flashing and get it repaired because it can lead to more serious issues like rotting wood and water infiltration. 

If you’re investing a hefty amount in your home’s roofing, it should last its fullest service life. However, that’s only possible if you inspect your roof regularly, spot signs of underlying damage, and get it fixed right away.  We hope our roof inspection checklist will come in handy to keep an eye out for anything funny on your roof. And if you suspect a problem, don’t hesitate to give us a call or reach out online.

Common Types of Storm Damage in the PNW

Common Types of Storm Damage in the PNW | IBEX Roof

The Pacific Northwest region is known for its coastline, mountains, and rainy weather. And pretty much the only kinds of storms you can expect in the cities located in this region are wind and rain storms. 

However, these storms can cause potential damage to your roof, even if a roofing contractor has inspected it. Here are some of the common types of storm damage in the PNW region and how to avoid them:

1. Wind Blowing Off Loose Shingles 

Windstorms are quite common in the PNW region, given the coastline on one side and mountains on the other. Therefore, you can expect a few shingles from your roof to get blown away during a relatively wild windstorm. Roof shingles can get loose over time, and even though they usually would stay in place, strong winds can cause them to become disintegrated and tear off. 

2. Parts of Roof Coming Undone 

Apart from the shingles, a roof is comprised of numerous structural parts, including skylights, felt underlayments, vent pipes, decking, rafters, collar beams, etc. These components can crack or get loose with the passage of time. Strong winds and rain storms make it worse by causing these components to come undone. To avoid this, you should get your roof inspected regularly and get loose parts fixed as soon as possible. 

3. Trees Falling

Another storm damage that is quite common in the PNW region is trees falling during heavy storms. If you have large trees around your house, especially old trees, there’s a possibility that they might fall during a spell of strong wind and rain and damage the roof and walls of your house. There isn’t much you can do to avoid this type of storm damage; however, planting trees a little away from your house or cutting down old trees with weak and hollow stumps can help you avoid damage to your home from falling trees.

4. Rain Getting Into Cracks and Crevices 

Rain storms are common in coastal and mountainous regions, and PNW is no different. The area experiences lots of rain all throughout the year. Our roofs have many cracks and crevices, and constant rain can cause water to seep into them. As a result, the wood becomes swollen, causing the nails to come off. Also, water seepage can weaken the entire structure of the roof. The solution? Regular inspection and filling of cracks as soon as you discover them. As for crevices, keep them to the minimum. The fewer the crevices on the roof, the lesser the chance of water getting inside them. 

5. Shingle Granule Loss

The shingles on our roofs have mineral granules embedded into them to give them color and deflect the sun from the roof. Heavy rain storms can knock off these granules, which get stuck in leaves, pipes, and debris. Granule loss can cause the shingles to wear off earlier than expected. Also, the sun rays are not deflected, causing direct exposure, which can make your home’s interior warmer in the summer. So, if your roof is old or you notice granule loss, it’s time to replace your roof or repair it.

If you’re in the PNW region, you can expect common types of storm damage like shingles tearing off, roof parts coming undone, water seepage inside the house, and shingles wearing off faster due to granule loss. You can lessen the impact of these damages by getting your roof inspected regularly and repaired instantly.