What You Need to Know About Operable Skylights

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If you are in the market for a residential skylight, you’ve probably already realized there are a lot of things to take into consideration before you make a purchase. You will have to decide, for instance, what kind of glass panes you want your skylight to have, whether or not you want built-in blinds, and the type of material that will work best for the climate in your area of North Carolina or South Carolina.

One other thing you need to evaluate if you are planning to invest in an operable, or openable, skylight, is what type of mechanism best meets your needs and budget. Fixed, or non-operational, skylights are also available, but the majority of homeowners, particularly in warmer regions like the Carolinas, want to at least have the option of allowing fresh air into their spaces. Due to this, operable skylights are the more popular choice. Here, you’ll discover details about various types of skylights you will see as you browse.

Manual skylights – Skylight styles that can be opened manually are, as you probably expected, the most inexpensive operable models. If you are on a tight budget, but still want or need a skylight in your newly remodeled space, this might be a good option for you. You do, however, need to consider how high the window is going to be placed. Manual skylights generally are not recommended for ceilings more than 12-15 feet high and are truly ideal for even lower heights, such as attic dormers, that can be easily reached.

Motorized skylights – These skylight styles are the most popular among American homeowners. They are offered by all major brands, are mid-range from a pricing standpoint, and are significantly more convenient than manual models, particularly for high ceilings or out-of-reach areas. Motorized skylights must be wired into a light switch or a control panel, so you may have to hire an electrician, but the slight extra expense will be worth it in the long run! You can even get remote controls that allow you to open and close your skylight and draw blinds or shades at the touch of a button.

Automatic skylights – The most expensive of the operable skylight styles, automatic skylights simply aren’t in the budget for some homeowners. If, though, your financial situation allows you to invest in one of these models, you are in for a treat. Automatic skylights, which are only made by a few upscale manufacturers, have a range of programmable options, including water sensors that close the panes immediately when precipitation is detected and heat sensors that open or close the panes at specific temperatures chosen by you, the homeowner.

If you are ready to have any type of operable skylight installed in your residence, there’s no time like the present to contact the team at Hatch Homes. Our skilled experts can install any type of skylight, from the most basic models to the most technologically advanced options. We are excited to start your project and look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

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