Which material is right for your Orlando skylight?

Generally, skylights are constructed of either plastic or glass. Which one is right for you depends on a multitude of factors such as desired style, climate, location, and your budget. A skylights glazing is a term that the manufacturers us to categorize how a skylight or window is constructed.

Naturally, using plastic as your glazing for you skylight is going to be less expensive. This isn’t always the best choice though. Although it’s still very durable, a plastic skylight is more likely to scratch, discolor or warp. In addition to this, if the plastic is not coated properly it can let in large amounts of UV rays which can damage your skin as well as your furniture. Most people choose plastic skylights for styles that generally can’t be obtained easily with glass. Styles such as domes are almost always plastic. These are generally seen as outdated by today’s standards though.

Glass glazings are almost always more expensive than plastic. This is due to the fact that glass is normally less likely to show wear, be more durable, not discolor, and simply put, people just think it looks nicer. Glass skylights must be made with special safety materials to ensure that if the skylight breaks, razor sharp shards of glass aren’t scattered about your home. Tempered glass is a common material used. It goes through a process of accelerated heating and cooling to create a material that is much harder than it would naturally be, and when broken, it shatters into small pebbles, rather than sharp, dangerous edges.

Different manufactures use different styles and materials in each skylight, this is why it is important to do your research to ensure that the skylight you choose fits well into your home. Skylights can add a touch of ambience to a room that otherwise could never be attained, so to get the look you want, be sure to only trust the most professional experienced skylight installers.