What You Need to Know Before Installing a Skylight

Increasing the natural light in your living space is a desirable thing for many homeowners. Skylights not only offer this to your home, but they also add a sense of luxury that is difficult to replicate in any other way.

That being said, the installation process can be a complicated task. Making sure you have the right roofing contractor for the job is imperative, as are these 3 things you should know before installing a skylight:

1. Skylight Placement and Energy Efficiency

The location on your roof where you install your skylight can have a substantial impact on the amount of light that comes in as well as solar heat. A north-facing roof will offer a lot of consistent light all year, but if you’re interested in energy-savings, then you may want to explore south-facing. Talk with your roofing contractor about your preferences and priorities and you can determine the best placement.

2. Vented Vs. Fixed Skylight

You want to think about whether you’d like to be able to ventilate your home with your new skylight, like a window, or if you want it to remain permanently closed. You’ll need to purchase different products for a vented project since not all of them are able to open. Keep in mind that a vented skylight is more expensive than on that is fixed.

3. Slope

The view you get out of your skylight is important, so keep this in mind when planning your installation. If your skylight is installed flat, then leaves, sticks, and even pests will collect on top of it and make a home. However, if you have a domed or sloped skylight, all outdoor debris and critters will slide right off. 

Never attempt to install by yourself unless you have specific experience with roofing projects and skylight installation. The risk of falling is substantial and you could end up causing more damage than you’re prepared to repair. Call in a roofing contractor you can trust.

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