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Opening vs. Non-Opening Skylights: Understanding the Differences

Skylights are a popular and effective way to bring natural light into a home, but not all skylights are created equal. There are two main types of skylights: opening skylights, which can be manually or electronically opened, and non-opening skylights, which are fixed in place. Each type of skylight has its own unique advantages and disadvantages, and at Cambridge Skylights, we specialise in non-opening frameless skylights that offer several benefits over opening skylights.

Opening skylights, such as Velux, offer the benefit of ventilation and the ability to control the amount of natural light entering a space. This can be particularly useful in areas like attics, where there are often no other windows or patio doors to let in natural light and fresh air. 

However, opening skylights do come with some disadvantages as well. They require more maintenance than non-opening skylights, as the moving parts can wear down over time and need to be lubricated or replaced. Additionally, opening skylights are more prone to leaks and drafts than non-opening skylights, as the moving parts can create opportunities for water or air to seep in.

Non-opening skylights, like Cambridge Skylights, offer a sleek and modern design with no need for maintenance or worry about leaks. Non-opening skylights are typically fixed in place, meaning they have no moving parts that can wear down or break over time. This makes them an ideal option for homeowners who want the benefits of natural light without the need for ongoing maintenance or potential for leaks.

Non-opening skylights are also more energy efficient than opening skylights, as they provide a more consistent seal against the elements. This can help reduce energy costs by preventing hot or cold air from escaping through the skylight. Additionally, non-opening skylights provide a better view of the sky, as there are no moving parts to obstruct the view.

In conclusion, understanding the differences between opening and non-opening skylights can help you make an informed decision about the best skylight for your home. At Cambridge Skylights, we’re committed to providing innovative and high-quality non-opening skylights that meet the unique needs of our clients. Contact us to learn more about how our skylights can transform your living spaces with a brighter and more inviting atmosphere.

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