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3 Things Homeowners Should Know Before They Install A Skylight

Skylights are a popular option for Roanoke homeowners looking to maximize natural lighting in their homes. They also add a touch of luxury and class to any home. While skylights seem like a great option, there are a few things to keep in mind before you jump in with both feet. The installation process is complex, and there are many decisions you have to make, so taking the time to research your options will go a long way in making the process as seamless as possible. Here are the 4 key things you should consider as you make the decision about whether a skylight is right for you: 

Flat vs. Domed Skylight

When choosing a skylight, no one wants a blocked view. This is why many homeowners opt for a domed skylight. Domes allow fallen leaves and other debris to slide right off the top, and preserve the light and the view. However domed skylights are usually made of plastic and do not last as long.   Flat skylights, although they may accumulate leaves on less steep roofs,are usually made of glass and stay perfectly clear longer and they last longer. 

Skylight Placement

Where you install your skylight has a big impact on the amount of heat that it allows into your home. In order to maximize the amount of heat and light the skylight lets in, choose a spot that gets as much direct sunlight as possible. 

Energy Efficiency 

It is important to look for energy efficient skylight options when you are shopping around, in order to minimize the risk of turning your home into a solar oven. Choosing an energy efficient option can help reduce the amount of heat that enters your home. 

Glass vs. Plastic

The material of the skylight is another big decision homeowners have to make. Glass is the more expensive option, but it remains clear for years to come, whereas plastic is more affordable, but has the potential to become discolored. 

These are just a few of the factors to keep in mind when choosing a skylight. Another important thing to remember is that you will want to get a professional roof inspection by a roofing company before you start the installation process. This will give you confidence that your roof is in excellent condition. If you’re looking for a professional roofing company, look no further than Cenvar Roofing! Our convenient location in Vinton, VA allows us to serve the entire area with superior roofing services.  Visit our website to schedule your free estimate!