A bathroom is one of the best rooms in the house to install a skylight. If the bathroom is on the smaller side and has no window, a skylight allows the addition of natural light to brighten the interior and significantly improve the look and feel of the room. A venting skylight can provide much needed fresh air to the bathroom, and act as a natural cooling method in the summer months. It can also generate solar energy used for operating the skylight and warm the room in winter.
Why Natural Lighting is Important
A bathroom that has a skylight is not only aesthetically pleasing, but the resulting additional natural light can also make space feel more ambient and really open it up. A large bathroom that has big picture windows can be further enhanced by the addition of a skylight or two, as this bathroom renovation shows.
Skylights are ideal for small bathrooms, to make them look and feel larger. A small, dark shower room can be vastly improved by adding even a modest skylight. It provides a natural light source without privacy issues that you would have with vertical windows. Installing a skylight can be more cost-effective than installing a window, and provides more than three times as much light than a vertical window of the same size.
Since bathrooms are wet areas, there are also practical considerations that need to be addressed to prevent mildew, rot, and mold. The natural light produced by skylights reduces the incidence of these occurring making the room a lot better for your overall health.
What Type of Skylight Will Work Best?
Skylights don’t have to be grand and dominate a room to have a great visual impact, but the general rule is: the larger the better.
What type of home and roof you have can also make the decision of choosing a skylight easier. A pitched roof can utilise double skylights that meet in the middle of the apex, while a contemporary bathroom might use a particular shaped skylight to enhance interior features. See how the skylight in this bathroom renovation is rectangular like the vanity and ties the room together.
A tall ceiling also makes it practical to install a vented skylight like a VELUX solar powered skylight that can be opened and closed by remote control, charges its battery by solar power and includes a rain sensor to close the skylight at the first sign of rain.
Bathroom ventilation is also improved by using a vented skylight to let out steam rising from a bath or shower. Fresh, dry air is then drawn into the bathroom to govern moisture control.
Benefits of Installing a Skylight
As well as being aesthetically pleasing and introducing natural light to a bathroom, skylights can offer a number of benefits. A skylight is:
● a natural, sustainable renewable energy source that can reduce your power bill
● a natural exhaust effect introducing fresh air to the space
● a valuable source of Vitamin D and beneficial to eye health
● a source of natural light to reduce the risk of mold
● able to increase productivity and performance, improve sleep and vitality
As you can see there are plenty of reasons why a skylight should be a top consideration if you’re renovating your bathroom. Be sure to stay tuned to our blog for more design tips to inspire your Melbourne bathroom renovation!
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