Skylights

A skylight can provide daylighting and ventilation. Natural light is a big selling point for homebuyers, which could increase your home’ s value. That’s why so many people want them even though they are expensive and prone to potential problems.

Things to consider before installing Skylights

  • Expense – Skylights are expensive – to install, to maintain, and they affect your energy bills. 

  • Potential Roof Leaks – The problem can be improved by buying a high quality skylight. You will want to stay away from glazed with plastic skylights that wear out and discolor. They are cheaper at first, however, you will pay in the long run. Make sure the skylight will be mounted above the surface of the roof.

  • Potential Interior Damage – Interior damage to your furniture or carpet is a concern. Skylights are definitely more sophisticated now than they used to be. Make sure you get one that is laminated and/or tempered glass with low-e or tinted coating to control the UV and heat.

  • Potential Roof Damage – A large skylight could potentially damage your roof structurally. You need to find out if you have a truss roof – it’s not a good idea to modify a truss roof in the field. However, a standard roof framing can handle most kinds of skylights without a problem.


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