Top 10 Things To Know About Skylights
Skylights are amazing. It's a hole with glass in it..period--but what it does for a room--any room-- is transformational. You can us them in bathrooms to lend it natural light in the day to apply makeup and save your energy bill by not having to turn on the lights. By night--it's a great way to take a bath in the moonlight. For romance in a bedroom they are spectacular and in a sitting or living room they are a natural enhancement. Here we will tell you what you need to know about skylights before you contemplate installation.
Be aware of the important elements:
Skylights are a hole in your roof so this is a serious thing to undertake. There are several elements you have to consider. Because it will be battered by the elements and you will also be exposed to the UV sunlight etc. you need to consider the following.
Location, location, location.
Again, this is your roof we are talking about here. Your builder/ installer should ask you for a space plan of your home. This is because the sky light placement is determined by where the rafters are located in the roof.
The weather forecast will help or hinder.
It is imperative that you don't let moisture get into your skylight midway through the process. It must be bone dry otherwise it will have to be scrapped and redone and this is money!
If you really MUST do it yourself.
Roofs are dangerous places. Consult a company prior to doing this and get roof jacks if the slope is too steep. Ask what size ladder you need exactly--because it counts. Make sure you are NOT doing this in any inclement weather like ice or rain. As we stated before, you can't do that anyway. And wear rubber shoes with the correct traction.
Your flashing kit.
Make sure you have the correct flashing kit so you can determine at what slope your roof has and what skylight you need.
Mark your space.
Make sure you have driven nails or screws to mark the outline of the skylight opening. Make sure it is perfectly flush.
May way for the cutting.
This means we do not cut through the shingles. It means we tear away the shingles prior to cutting.
There is waterproof flashing that can attach to the regular flashing in the flashing kit. This will extend the life of the skylight and move rain and ice away from the skylight.
Be a bit meticulous and put dry wall and insulation around the skylight opening. This way you are only letting in the ideal light for your space. You don't want to walk into a sauna--you just want natural light.
Cut your cooling bill.
Self ventilating skylights are great for letting some cool air in instead of running the A/C. It's great for airing out the house as well.
Make sure you are cleaning them evenly and rinsing thoroughly. Use the squeegee to prevent streaking and let air dry. After inspection--clean again if you need to and prevent streaks. The streaks are what distort the light coming in.
Your skylight is a bit of a high maintenance companion but in the right home they are worth it. You can even contribute to the health of our great planet by purchasing green sustainability skylights. The value of your home will rise and the so will the inner beauty.