Covering the bathroom skylight to keep heat out (long) (2022)

Topic: Covering the bathroom skylight to keep heat out (long)Posted By: rockhillmanoron 07/21/11 05:58amI have a glass surround shower mid ship in my MH. Open floorplan so in extreme hot temps the heat that comes thru from the skylight affects how well my A/C can keep the coach cool. In Florida it was a nightmare trying to keep the MH cool and you could feel the intense heat coming in from that skylight.

I tried just about everything to cover that skylight and never found anything that would stay in place because the intense heat from the sun would melt the adhesive off any tape I used and it even melted the adhesive off the velcro and it would fall down!

Got out of Florida and headed up North. Really didn't have to worry about that skylight anymore. WRONG! It's been 99 degrees here for the past week, and over 80 degrees WITH the air on, in the MH because of that darn skylight.

I bought the limo tint from Walmart. The peel and stick, NO adhesive, removable, 5%. All you do is add soapy water to tint and window, stick on, and squeegee. I added it to the MH windows on the side where the sun is and reduced the temp in the front of the MH by 10 degrees instantly.

The skylight is a dome so it would not stick because you need the gravity of a straight window for this stuff to stick and stay before you squeegee and the concave skylight was not helping. With patience one could get one piece to cover it, but I was very hot and did not have the patience so I ended up cutting big pieces and just sticking them all over on the skylight to cover it. It is not pretty looking but who but me is going to see it? Finally covering that skylight cut the temps in the MH by 20 degrees!!!

What a difference, it no longer feels like your are entering a tropical jungle when you walk thru the MH where the skylight is.

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And when the temps return to normal all I have to do is peel it right off. Great stuff!

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Posted By: gafidleron 07/21/11 06:25amI went to home depot and bought a 4x8 foot of wall sheathing with foil on one side and cut and put that in the skylight hole...works for me
Covering the bathroom skylight to keep heat out (long) (1)Posted By: jojolouon 07/21/11 06:58amI bought an aluminum foil windshield or dash protector, cut it to fit the shower sky light and used velcro to hold it in place. It's been there 4 years and works great! Lou
2008 Allegro Bay 35 TSB W-25.5 Posted By: Big Katunaon 07/21/11 07:11amI'm 6.5 so my head sticks up into the dome when I shower.
I tried the velcro and Reflectix method, but the velcro looked like heck and it still let some light in and/or I would forget to put it up after a shower and wouod suffer light intrusion in the AM. Plus we tailgate football games in a brightly lit parking lot.

The domes are two layers, so I took the inside dome off, cut some Reflectix to fit, taped it into place around the edges with aluminum dcut tape and reinstalled the dome. No more heat, and no more light. Works great, looks stock and I can take it out when I want.

My Kharma ran over my Dogma. Posted By: rockhillmanoron 07/21/11 07:40amI tried the duct tape and the heat just melted it off as did the self stick velcro.Covering the bathroom skylight to keep heat out (long) (2)

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Big Katuna ~The domes are two layers, so I took the inside dome off, cut some Reflectix to fit, taped it into place around the edges with aluminum dcut tape and reinstalled the dome. No more heat, and no more light. Works great, looks stock and I can take it out when I want.


I looked at that possibility but was not sure how to get it out without destroying the seal. Can you give a short explanation how you got the interior dome off? Posted By: dbateson 07/21/11 07:56amI’ve not seen the need for the shower skylight to be covered as I need it for head room but for my ceiling vents I cut some ½” foam house sheeting (with or without foil) to fit the opening & mounted small pivoting brackets to hold it in place.

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Covering the bathroom skylight to keep heat out (long) (4)Posted By: Cecilton 07/21/11 08:01amI just picked up 4 of the 4" insulated foam pillows that stick up into the roof vents for our TT at Camping world. On sale for $8.99 right now. For the shower skylight I will see if 2 will work in there and if so pick up 2 more then all my roof vents and skylight will have a nice insulation in them to keep in colder and darker Posted By: topflite51on 07/21/11 08:11amOn ours the inside cover has no seal on it. Cut a piece large enough and you don't even need duct tape to hold it in place. ">David
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I tried the duct tape and the heat just melted it off as did the self stick velcro.Covering the bathroom skylight to keep heat out (long) (6)

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Big Katuna ~The domes are two layers, so I took the inside dome off, cut some Reflectix to fit, taped it into place around the edges with aluminum dcut tape and reinstalled the dome. No more heat, and no more light. Works great, looks stock and I can take it out when I want.

I looked at that possibility but was not sure how to get it out without destroying the seal. Can you give a short explanation how you got the interior dome off?

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Mine has screws around the edge of the trim. If I remember, the trim is part of the dome. They domes aren't sealed together. They are two separate pieces. The outside is mated to the roof and the inside just screws into the ceiling. Its not like dual pane windows.

Posted By: Alpenliteron 07/21/11 08:35amHere
is a high temperature Velcro, designed for just this type of installation. Coil N' Wrap product. Good company.

On edit: Sorry, had a wrong link posted. Thanks lawnboy 1!

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Posted By: amxpresson 07/21/11 09:27amDon't know what size sky light you have, but I installed one of these over my shower and it sure helps keep not only the light out so we can sleep, but makes it a lot cooler in the bedroom.
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M.I.L is self quatanting in Jacksonville Zoo Posted By: Kybiggrayon 07/21/11 09:41amI took my shower skylight out and painted the top of the inside dome with black plastic paint. No more light or heat. Worked great. Posted By: spitfirepeteon 07/21/11 09:59amGet a can of white plastic paint at Home Depot and paint the outside of the skylight...White reflects the sun and lets some light through...I have done this on 3 rigs and it is a great solution. Peter and Linda
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Bichon and Cocker (spoiled puppies) Posted By: RedGon 07/21/11 10:07amI bought some plastic mirror brackets and installed them with the same screws that are in the frame. I then slid a sheet of the foil bubble type insulation material inside the brackets to block off the heat/light. It's easily removable if needed. 2005 Newmar Dutch Star 4024 DP 370 Cummins
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Posted By: camperkids1025on 07/21/11 11:05am

amxpress wrote:
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Don't know what size sky light you have, but I installed one of these over my shower and it sure helps keep not only the light out so we can sleep, but makes it a lot cooler in the bedroom.
http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-vents/rv-skylight-shade.htm

Mine has one similar to this but is a pleated shade and it works because i'm 6'4" and need something that will open and then close to block the light and heat out. Jim The Camperkids Jim & Lois
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1999 Newmar Mountain Aire 37.5ft, Ford V-10, F-53 Chassis, Bilsteins Shocks W/ Bilstein Steering Stablizer, HWH Levelers Posted By: rockhillmanoron 07/21/11 12:20pmMy skylight is big and irregular in shape its over 30" so the standard covers/inserts for vents won't do the trick!

And I am a BIG lover of light which is why I originally bought this MH because this giant skylight lights up the whole MH that's why I used the removable tint. Just didn't count on being where it would be 100 degrees for any length of time.Covering the bathroom skylight to keep heat out (long) (10)

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Posted By: RedG on 07/21/11 10:07am
I bought some plastic mirror brackets and installed them with the same screws that are in the frame. I then slid a sheet of the foil bubble type insulation material inside the brackets to block off the heat/light. It's easily removable if needed.

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This sounds like a GREAT idea, and so simple, AND removable! Thanks for the tip. Looks like this will be my project of the day today! Posted By: YC 1on 07/21/11 01:17pm

spitfirepete wrote:
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Get a can of white plastic paint at Home Depot and paint the outside of the skylight...White reflects the sun and lets some light through...I have done this on 3 rigs and it is a great solution.

Me Too and the temps dropped tremendously inside.

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Covering the bathroom skylight to keep heat out (long) (13)Posted By: schupaulon 07/13/12 08:48pmInstead of the mirror brackets I used rare earth magnets on the skylight flange screws. Comes off and goes up secure underway in seconds.

rockhillmanor wrote:
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My skylight is big and irregular in shape its over 30" so the standard covers/inserts for vents won't do the trick!

And I am a BIG lover of light which is why I originally bought this MH because this giant skylight lights up the whole MH that's why I used the removable tint. Just didn't count on being where it would be 100 degrees for any length of time.Covering the bathroom skylight to keep heat out (long) (15)

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Posted By: RedG on 07/21/11 10:07am
I bought some plastic mirror brackets and installed them with the same screws that are in the frame. I then slid a sheet of the foil bubble type insulation material inside the brackets to block off the heat/light. It's easily removable if needed.

This sounds like a GREAT idea, and so simple, AND removable! Thanks for the tip. Looks like this will be my project of the day today!

Posted By: w4phjon 07/14/12 07:04amIt appears that I'm the third guy to simply paint the outside surface with plastic paint. 2021 Winnebago View 24J
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Covering the bathroom skylight to keep heat out (long) (17)Posted By: crcron 07/14/12 07:33amWe haven't had our TT long enough to determine, but if we find excessive heat radiating from the bathroom skylight, I intend to do what several mentioned -- spray the exterior of the dome with white plastic paint.

I am also concerned longer term, about damage to various parts of the bathroom from UV exposure.

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How do you cover a skylight to keep heat out? ›

Simply buy a blue tarp that is several feet longer than your skylight. Lay it over top of the skylight so that it is completely covered and pin down the excess fabric using bricks. It's a fast, cheap, and easy skylight cover.

Should I cover my skylight? ›

In order to keep your home cool and energy-efficient, we recommend using skylight covers. These window coverings block the Solar Heat and keep the inside of your home from becoming too hot during the summer. Most people install skylights to conserve energy.

Does skylight make you lose heat? ›

Allegedly, a skylight in the roof of a house will tend to lose between 35 and 45 per cent more heat in the winter; but these figures are most relevant to non-thermally broken skylights. As the warm air in a house soars towards the ceiling of your home it comes into contact with the cold surface of the skylight.

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Densely-made room darkening or “blackout” shades will completely block sunlight from entering a room, even during the brightest times of the day. Light filtering shades will let in more light but also insulate skylights, reducing the energy drain they can have on a room.

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The most widely-used insulation option for skylights in homes is foam insulation. With its high R-value and superior resistance to air infiltration, foam insulation types like extruded polystyrene foam are one of the best options for roof window projects.

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Uncovered clear skylights lose a large amount of heat during the night causing the temperatures drop 5-10 degrees below the ambient temperature. Also known as cellular shades, these window covers are made from thick, durable fabrics with an aluminium coating.

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According to one source, a 2×4 foot single-paned skylight can cause your AC to use 240 extra kilowatt hours of electricity per year due to heat coming through the skylight. That might sound like a large number, but this translates to just $19 extra in cooling bills per year, based on a rate of 8 cents per kWh.

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Do Skylights Heat Up a Home? To keep it simple: yes. Skylights allow natural light to enter the home, which will inevitably carry heat through infrared radiation. The level of heat entering the house is completely dependent on several factors, including the technology used in the skylight you have installed.

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Yes. Emergency management agencies specifically recommend using “aluminum foil-covered cardboard” between windows and drapes to reflect heat back outside.

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Aluminum foil on windows is most effective at keeping out heat and light when you place it shiny side out and cover its backside with a layer of something else, like insulation or cardboard.

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Materials with a low thermal conductivity like cardboard are perfect for making insulation. These are used to keep heat from transferring between objects or locations.

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With typical wear and tear from years on a roof, VELUX skylights can last up to 20-30 years. If the homeowner isn't experiencing any issues with the skylight after this long, it's still best to replace after about 30 years to keep up with new codes and technologies.

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With the average skylight installation cost hovering around $1,750—between a low cost of $1,000 and a high cost of $2,500—this is a project that may reap rewards for the right type of homeowner.

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Natural light improves moods and helps with performance in workplaces. Also, skylights heat your home with sunlight, hence saving on heating costs during chilly seasons.

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Also called light tubes, solar tubes, or tubular daylighting devices (TDDs), sun tubes look similar to recessed light fixtures in your ceiling. While they don't transmit as much light as a skylight or window, the light they do provide is a significant improvement over electrical lighting.

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Manual. The VELUX anti-heat blind is very easy to operate. Simply open the window, rotate it 180 degrees and fix the blind to the two hooks on the outside of the bottom sash. The blind can be installed from the inside and you can open and close the window even when the blind is down.

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External covers

Often the cheapest way to cover up your skylights is to put a cover over the light itself. The cover will block the amount of light and heat able to enter your home. The thickness and type of material you use to cover your skylight will alter how much light is able to get into it.

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Aluminum foil is really easy to use and very cost-effective. Simply place it over your interior glass windowpane and seal the edges with tape. Its resistance to heat helps prevent most of the sun's heat and glare from getting into your house.

Should you cover skylights in the winter? ›

They can also let in unwanted cold during the winter months. Although skylights don't require a covering under normal circumstances, the right window covering can provide light control, privacy, enhanced aesthetic appeal, and make them more energy efficient.

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