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Old 07-25-2016, 07:22 PM   #1
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skylight question

I need to frame in few hand operable skylights on sloped ceiling, skylight size 2 x 4.
Is there any "standard" height, where to install skylight?
Clients are on vacation and they told me "we trust your judgement"....
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Old 07-25-2016, 10:57 PM   #2
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No real 'standards' i'm aware of, but we install them lower on the roof when they want more direct light within the room, higher if they want less. We also try to flare out the framing on the interior side if possible. A lot may depend on angles of roof & sun, season, what any direct light will hit on the inside, etc... Another concern with clear glazing may be locating them so folks can't see in from, say, a neighbors house.

Generally, I like to put them lower on the roof, often just up roof from a wall.

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Old 07-26-2016, 01:39 PM   #3
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In our vaulted ceiling area, we simply centered them on the ceiling because that is what the wife thought looked best.

Before we settled on the size of the skylight, I made cardboard cutouts and taped them to the ceiling. Our first size looked way too small but going with the next size, it looked right.

I hadn't thought about the direction the house faces and where or how much light might come in. All we knew was we need more light in this area. We have shades that we can remote operate to control the amount of light.

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