Skylights can up the appeal of any home, providing gorgeous natural light and a window to the stars. But as with any home improvement project, there are many factors to consider before starting the installation process.
1. Quality is key
Sometimes it’s okay to skimp on overall quality, especially when products don’t vary greatly across price points. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with skylights. Skylights are a major installation that require exact specifications to hold up to adverse weather conditions. You don’t want to cut a hole in your roof just to fill it with an inferior product. Roof leaks, noise, and wind resistance are all important considerations for the quality of your skylight.
Do your research before deciding on a skylight manufacturer. Be sure to factor in the weather conditions in your area choose a skylight that can weather the storms.
2. Placement matters
Is your house north-facing or south-facing? Will the skylight allow too much or not enough light into the room of your choice? Have you looked at the blueprints for your house to choose a location that is structurally sound?
There are so many questions to ask yourself before deciding on where to install a skylight. Get help from a roofing professional and consider the orientation of your roof and direction of your house before starting construction.
3. Installation takes time
The time of year that you decide a skylight would be a great addition to your home might not also be the best time of year to install one. Weather conditions can completely derail the installation process, so it is a good idea to plan well in advance. Keeping moisture out and working during dry weather will help the process go smoothly.
4. Consider vented versus fixed
You’ll have two choices when installing a skylight: vented or fixed. A fixed skylight is completely sealed and cannot be opened. A vented skylight opens to allow moisture and heat out of a room and fresh air in. Vented skylights serve a dual purpose, but they can also allow rain and debris to enter your home if you don’t remember to close them. Vented skylights are also typically much more expensive than fixed skylights.
Consider your needs and wants when deciding on a type. Are you looking for more ventilation in your home, or just natural light? Does your budget allow a more expensive option with greater versatility?
5. Call in the experts
Skylight installation is difficult and time consuming. It requires precise measurements and attention to detail. Do your research before hiring a contractor and read reviews to find a professional with relevant experience. Skylights are a big undertaking, but you can’t skimp on quality and professionalism for such a delicate project.
Skylights are a worthwhile investment that can add value and ambiance to your home. Do your research ahead of time to find a product and a professional that can meet your needs.