Installing a Skylight

In nearly any structure, one of the best things you can add to your roof is a skylight! This is especially important if you live somewhere that experiences plenty of sunlight throughout the year. Windows have always been the main way that property owners let light into their structure, and there are more than enough studies that boast the benefits of natural light in residential homes as well as work spaces. No matter where in your home you want to put a skylight, there are going to be things you’ll need to consider to ensure that you’re making the right decision. You might dream of having one in your kitchen, but that might not always be a possibility. Here are just a few things you need to consider before installing a skylight in your structure’s roof.

Focus On Quality

With skylights, nothing is more important than quality and as swayed as you might be by a great price, don’t skimp on the quality just to save some money! Load and wind resistance are of the utmost importance, and there are other options such as vents, shading and UV coatings that you should also think about. For property owners concerned with the environment, there are plenty of manufacturers who make quality products in sustainable materials.

Consider Size & Placement Carefully

The most important part of installing a skylight is figuring out the best place for it to go and how large or small it should be. For the most part, where it can or can’t go is determined by where your home’s rafters are placed, so you should have a blueprint on hand before you start cutting. Nothing would be worse than cutting into an important structural portion of your roof when trying to put in a skylight. Then, you’d have to repair the issue first before attempting again. Not only is considering placement important for structural reasons, but for how your home flows as well! A skylight might seem like a good idea in your living room but if you have an open concept space, it might work best to place it in between those two spaces with specific dimensions so it doesn’t look out of place.

Install During Warm Weather

For obvious reasons, poor weather can really ruin your skylight installation plans! Heavy rainfall or icy conditions can make it impossible to finish the project, and if moisture finds its way into exposed parts of your roof it can cause insurmountable damage. It’s important to consider that before you start your skylight project. There are always ways to protect a project in progress, but for the most part, your best bet is to have the job completed by professionals who can finish it in a few days or less.

Make Sure It’s Safe

You might be getting professionals to do the job for you, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to do everything you can to ensure the worksite is safe. After all, it’s a project you will technically be liable for so keep this in mind. If you have to monitor the job site yourself, you might want to have the project done over a weekend to be able to better do this.

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