Residential Skylight Replacement

IECC 2012 Standards for Skylights

Unsettling as a Skylight Leak Can Be, it’ll Yield an Upgrade

You’re sitting there nestled in the folds of your couch, about three episodes deep into The Crown. The chaos of the day faded away a couple of hours ago and now, nothing short of sleep is going to budge you from this spot.

Then you feel it: A ghost-trickle down the back your neck. You ignore it. A moment later, another. This time you move your hand there, but half-consciously. When your fingers come away wet, you sit up abruptly, your trance broken.

Instinctively, you look up, and as you do, the next drop lands square on your forehead and runs into your ear. The skylight!

Residential skylight replacement is sometimes a well-mapped process, driven by architectural and thermal features and budget. Other times, it’s a more urgent pursuit, the source of all that beautiful sunlight all these years suddenly resembling something closer to a dam with an ominous crack. We can appreciate the anxiety of the latter—our homes almost feel hostile the instant they stop working as they should—but rest assured that, while not premeditated, there’s a wide berth to make a sensible decision here. Skylights have come a long way over the last several years, the gap between what’s in your ceiling now and what you’ll be replacing it with akin to dial-up versus WiFi.

To help you enter into this with a running start, a quick primer: The glazing is maybe the most significant difference between what we grew up with and the most energy-efficient skylights of today. Thanks in large part to new techniques, modern skylights are capable of locking in the cool air in the summer and the warmth in the winter. In turn, we’ve come to define the new industry standard as a skylight that not only helps stabilize the home’s interior temperature but also minimizes the need for artificial lighting.

Impromptu as your upgrade may be, make no mistake; it will be an upgrade.


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