are an architectural gift, but can be a window covering nightmare. All of that
beautiful light pouring in can really help warm your home in the winter, but
can be a real challenge when trying to keep it cool in the summer. While you
can cover your skylights with just about anything, there are a few things you
must keep in mind when making your decision.
always want to leave a few inches of space between the chosen treatment and the
skylight glass and always remember to keep it properly vented. When your window
treatment is in a fully closed position, heat will build-up under the glass and
in extreme situations can cause the skylight’s seal to break or it’s glass to
crack… A good rule of thumb is to open your window treatment as you leave the
room. Off go the lights and open come the shades.
are certainly a few products which are best suited in a skylight application.
Shutters are a good choice as you can leave the blades tilted slightly open to
allow the heat to escape. Cellular and pleated shades are also good choices and
will filter the light. As seen above, you can even match the rollershade fabric
used on the other windows in the room, to complete your skylight unit. All of
these choices will help raise the R-Value providing you with some substantial
energy savings. But regardless of your choice, you may seriously want to
consider motorizing your window treatments. Solar panels are the way to go. Why
not take advantage of your skylight to power its dressing? A great way to
ensure you won’t be climbing a ladder every year to change batteries!
as always, don’t be afraid to use colour! We live in a world of white walls and
white window coverings. Express yourself and take a chance! Fall in love with
fabric and throw it to your windows. You won’t regret it!