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Skylights are one of the most overlooked components of a roofing project, and they're often no more than an afterthought in home construction and renovation. However, skylights present one of the biggest opportunities to reduce energy bills and increase a home's value. Along with cool roof shingles, energy efficient skylights can even reduce the cost of a home renovation through tax incentives and lower utility rates. Newport News roofers can explain the energy efficiency benefits of skylights to homeowners.

A bad plan for a roof replacement can cost homeowners thousands of dollars per year in wasted energy, and since roofs typically last 20 to 80 years, this waste can add up to a substantial loss. The relationship between cost and energy performance in skylights is directly proportional, so efficient options typically cost more than less efficient ones. However, the same relationship isn't the case with shingles, and energy efficient shingles don't usually cost much more than ordinary ones. The benefits of choosing the most efficient skylights for a home are worth the cost because they provide the optimal amount of light while keeping air leakage and solar heat gain to a minimum.

Special chemical processes have to be applied to skylight glazing to make them resistant to solar heat gain, and the most efficient skylights are treated during the manufacturing process rather than afterwards.

Newport News roofing experts from Jayhawk Exteriors would be happy to answer any questions you have about windows or gutters.

While there are low emissivity coatings that can be applied to windows and skylights to make them better at blocking heat, these coatings aren't as effective as the treatments used during manufacturing.

Before the layers of glazing are installed in a window frame, the tiny gaps between the layers are filled with a kind of gas that reflects solar heat. This treatment affects the window's Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, which is a measurement of its ability to block heat in relation to its surface area. Windows with a low SHGC are ideal for hot climates, but they still aren't efficient if they're too large or installed in the wrong location.

In hot climates, the best direction for skylights to face is north because it reduces lighting costs while minimizing cooling costs. The other directions reduce lighting costs but don't keep solar heat gain to a minimum, so they're ideal for colder climates. All of the information related to a skylight's energy performance is printed on the Energy Star label on its package, but a professional consultation is needed to discuss the proper size and orientation for the best overall energy efficiency.

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