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Old 07-09-2011, 12:50 PM   #1
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Blocking Sun load at Shower Skylight

What portable material did you use to block the light and heat from the shower Skylight?
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On our previous coach I went to hobby lobby and bought a block of 2" foam which I covered with fabric. I then used velcro fasteners to lock it into place in the skylight.
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I chose to reduce light and heat by 60-70% by painting the top side of the inner bubble. Our shower sky light is in two pieces. I removed the inner piece from inside the shower (a half dozen screws and it drops right out) and applied two coats of white spray paint. The rattle can kind for plastic. It has been on there for over 4 years and has worked well at reducing daytime light and heat to a more acceptable level. At night it is gloss white and looks just like the walls of the shower. Our rear bath has no windows and gets little light from the ceiling vent (its covered) or bedroom area. When I totally blocked the skylight we found ourselves having to turn on lights in the daytime. Painting proved to be easy and took less than two hours.

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Old 07-09-2011, 02:43 PM   #4
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We installed a curtian to the cieling. We used the rod type curtian rods that hook onto a small hook. The curtian is a dark material to match our interior. Other than blocking the light, that is the only heat it keeps out. Not really a insulator. Also this is in our bath room area but not in the shower. My wife made the curtian, we probably have about $7 into the whole project.
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We have a draw shade exactly like the day shades on the regular windows. It's accordian designed and operates the same by pulling it via the lead edge bar that it is constructed with. When taking a shower, simply push it open, like the regular window day shades.

I'm intrigued by the "white paint on the interior" idea, but how does one get to see the stars at night?
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My wife uses a couple of adjustable spring loaded rods (curtain rods?) and silver insulation that is about 1/4 inch thick. Easy to put up - all stores under the mattress in spring and fall when not needed.
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4 small strips of Velco stuck to the skylight corners and a piece of reflective bubble material like is used in a car on the front windshield.
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RV stores sell blocks of foam covered with a "sheepskin" type material. It fits into the skylight opening blocking sun and heat. Works well for me.
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We use a 3" thick piece of block foam cut to fit.

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We use a 3" thick piece of block foam cut to fit.

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In this high Texas heat (100+), velcro strip glue melted off the material and the plastic dome. After trying several types of heat resistant glue, I decided to permanently install foil backed insulation material by undoing the inside plastic dome and sandwiching the insulation material between the inside and outside dome. No we can't see the stars at night and yes we do have to use supplemental light to shower, but the elimination of heat coming into the bathroom is worth it.
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In this high Texas heat (100+), velcro strip glue melted off the material and the plastic dome.
I live in the "Hot Texas Heat" and do not have a problem with the velcro as I use the heavy duty plastic velcro strips. Target and other places have them. I also place the velcro strips on the flange area of the plastic dome which normally does not get hot.
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Thanks to each of you for the ideas. The foam idea would seem to work fine in our situation.

My first try will be with some of that Reflectix stuff I saw at the hardware store yesterday and see if it will just scrunch into the skylight cavity. I am getting some for the front windshield anyway.

I'll post back the result.
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I know you said portable but here is what I did. We live in the hot Sacramento valley so the heat was intense in the shower. I used an infared thermometer to measure the before and after. I tried several things from the inside but nothing really dropped the temps that much.

So I went to the outside roof and masked off the bottom 1 inch all the way around. I then shot it with some rattle can Krylon. I used white. It cut the heat and light tremendously. It was the only really effective measure for me. One of these days I'm going to paint that other 1 inch. Plenty of light during the day and no more baking bread in the shower.
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