Are you wanting some natural light in your home? Our team recommends considering the addition of a skylight. Skylights are a unique way of letting the outside light enter your space. They are stylish while being a functional addition to your home.
Traditional Skylights are made of acrylic, glass, or polycarbonate. A skylight is a fixed window set into the roofline. Skylights feature a frameset in the roof surrounded by flashing to prevent leaking.
Skylights are not limited to the attic rooms of your home. When you want to brighten a room that won’t allow a wall window, there is an alternative for letting in the natural light. Tubular Skylights are an alternative. Tubular skylights are installed using a shaft that starts at the roof and extends down through your home. The tube redirects light down the shaft, diffusing it throughout the interior space.
Is a Skylight right for my home?
Take into consideration the construction of your roof. Your roof must be able to support the skylight. Skylights are installed at the roofline beneath the roof shingles and sheathing. To start, consider your home’s framing. Typically, there are two types.
- Stick-framed Roofs: Because Stick-framed Roofs leave enough room to cut and fit a skylight between the rafters, they are more suited for Skylights.
- Truss-framed Roofs: Truss-framed Roofs are made of prefabricated triangular units making them less ideal for Skylights. The trusses are not designed to be cut after installation since cutting can compromise the roof’s structural integrity.
Benefits of a Skylight Addition
- Create a Beautiful Atmosphere: Skylights can add a beautiful aspect of organic slight to your space. These are timeless additions to your home that can match any aesthetic.
- Light in Dark Places: Many of us live in homes that have dark places where natural light doesn’t adequately brighten an area. Adding a Skylight can illuminate the sport needing some brightening.
- Add Resale Value to Your Home: By improving the overall look, feel, and function of your home, you can increase the value by adding a Skylight. Homebuyers find value in brightened spaces.
- Expenses: Skylights may become expensive due to installation, maintenance, and change in energy bill costs. Be cautious of incorrect installations since placement and strategies are crucial. A professional inspection of your roof’s construction can ensure if the Skylight is right for you.
- Roof Leak Risk: If you have a high-quality Skylight, roof leaks are less likely to occur. If you have purchased a cheaper installation and Skylight, the risks are heightened. Steering clear of low-quality Skylights is best since certain materials will discolor and wear out faster, leading to roof leaks.
- Potential Interior Damage: A curb, also known as a raised watertight lip, is important for keeping leaks out of your home. Curbs effectively deflect water. Other waterproofing systems should be installed as well.
Skylight Life Expectancy
Depending on how well the skylight was installed, it can last between 8-15 years. The quality of the skylight’s manufacturing plays a big factor in how long the skylight will last. If your Skylight is taken care of, the life expectancy can be lengthened.
Contact the Experts today
To conclude, check with one of our roofing experts. An expert can determine costs as well as if your home is ideal for a Skylight. We can help ensure proper installation if you are considering installing a skylight. Before buying the window, call our roofing experts today for more information.
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