Skylights are really nothing more than openings in the roof that allow natural sunlight to stream through and illuminate the room in dramatic ways. You can build pergola skylights with polycarbonate sheets and achieve these awesome lighting effects yourself.
What’s So Special About Skylights?
The way the light falls through the opening in the roof lets you add the element of drama or highlight an architectural feature within your living space. The idea is a simple one that can be traced back to ancient history. It all centres on the concept of the zenith, an imaginary point directly above you. When you stay within an enclosed space and cut a hole through the roof, the light that passes through is called zenithal light. So skylights are all about distributing this azenith light and creating interesting interplays of light and shadow upon the elements beneath the roof.
Beyond aesthetic benefits, skylights also offer you cost savings from using fewer electrical light bulbs and for shorter durations throughout the day. And the natural light that enters your pergola has also been proven to provide health benefits and combat stress.
Polycarbonate Sheets As Skylights
Polycarbonate sheets can create skylight effects for your pergola when used in conjunction with steel roofing, or even with other polycarbonate sheets of higher density or darker-colour. These durable and versatile roofing materials let natural sunlight through while blocking out the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
The polycarbonate also acts as a light diffuser that softens the incoming sunlight and creates interesting light effects in your pergola.