Operable skylights are used to bring ventilation into a room and operate with the use of a continuous hinge, similar to a ridge vent’s function. An operable skylight has a higher profile than that of a ridge vent and offers better air and water performance along with a higher thermal value. Like a ridge vent, operable skylights can be utilized in any glass structure, such as greenhouses and sunrooms. Whereas ridge vents are typically used in-system, an operable system can also be attached to an existing traditional construction roof as a standalone unit. If providing fresh air or extra daylight to a room is your objective, an operable skylight, whether manual or motorized, is a very good solution.
Solar’s standard operable skylight is typically used for ventilation and bringing a light breeze into a home. The skylight opens between a range of 6″ to 24″, depending on motor selection. The second type of operable skylight is called The 90 Degree Operable Skylight. This type of unit opens a full 90 degrees. When opened, the skylight provides a clear unobstructed view of the outside. An end user will often use this type of skylight for telescopes or as a roof hatch. By opening the skylight, a person can exit onto the rooftop where allowed by code.
Retractable skylights, which allow large amounts of air to enter the room, are also available though Solar Innovations®. Please visit their page to learn more about this option.
All operable skylights designed by Solar Innovations® are custom built to the owner’s specifications. The sizing, finish and glass selection are all job specific. Solar Innovations® will assist the customer in designing a skylight to fit their application. There are seven standard finishes available for the skylight and any custom color can be created. Glazing selections range from LowE tints to decorative options and security glass. A customer can start with a call to sales describing what they want to accomplish or send a sketch with a rough drawing of their desired skylight. The Solar Innovations® team will work with you to design, price, and educate you on the skylight systems.