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Old 07-06-2010, 06:21 PM   #1
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Is there a fire resistant material that I could use to block the heat from a skylight that doesn't open? in my apt the bedroom is a converted attic with 2 skylights and is unbearably hot in the summer, any ideas would be appreciated.
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tag, Welcome to the forum

You can't block the heat without blocking the light.
Besides that, more of the heat is coming from the ceiling and not just from the skylights.

You need to find a way to vent the hot air such as installing a Gable Exhaust Fan
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thank you for that info, but I am a renter and don't and can't do that. I don't mind if the light is blocked as long as I can keep all the summer heat from pouring in. I didn't know if there might be some kind of an reflective curtain, etc. that would be fireproof and could be removed when I move out.
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How big is the skylight ?
A piece of cardboard secured in place over the skylight would help
I have shades on my 4x4' skylights & they help a lot
So just a single sheet would help too - not a dark color
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I think you more need to reflect the light coming through the skylight, rather than block the heat coming through the skylight. You can buy venetion style blinds ( or other styles too ), try the Velux website. If you don't want to spend the money on blinds, you can find silvered bubble wrap insulation at the big-box stores. You can possibly put some of that on a piece of cardboard or hardboard, and fit that into the skylight tunnel.
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A perfect reflector would eliminate the 3400 BTU/hr per sq. meter that you get from sunlight. Then you will find out how well the roof is insulated.

If your living conditions are intolerable it is up to the landlord to remedy that.
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Hi Dave, thanks for your help, but do you think it would catch fire as the sun is so intense...tried a piece of construction paper but looked like it was in danger of catching fire, as the skylights will not open, what a pain....any other thoughts? wonder if reflection paper will be safe...so frustating!
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dear sps-1, thanks for the suggestion....I will get some of silvered bubble wrap and try that, appreicate your help!
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thank you for your thoughts re skylights but I am the tenant not the owner so won't be planting any trees.......I did find a solution though, I'm moving out!!
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i would be curious to see what kind of insulation was in the ceiling. i have a strange feeling it's not r30+
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Hi Dave, thanks for your help, but do you think it would catch fire as the sun is so intense...tried a piece of construction paper but looked like it was in danger of catching fire, as the skylights will not open, what a pain....any other thoughts? wonder if reflection paper will be safe...so frustating!
Assuming your apartment is on Earth and 93 million miles away from the Sun, it's safe to assume it won't catch fire.
If your on Mercury, contact the local building dept for guidance.
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Is there a fire resistant material that I could use to block the heat from a skylight that doesn't open? in my apt the bedroom is a converted attic with 2 skylights and is unbearably hot in the summer, any ideas would be appreciated.
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Use fire rated acoustic ceiling panels.

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