Things to Consider Before Installing a Skylight

January 3, 2022 Published by Leave your thoughts

Out of all the home improvement projects out there, skylight installation doesn’t get a lot of attention. We think that’s a shame. Skylights provide ample natural light that you can’t get with traditional windows, and some even open to let in fresh air.

Just like with any home upgrade, there are plenty of things to think about before you rush in and install a skylight. Read on to learn a few things to consider before installation.

Skylights aren’t right for all roofs

The first thing to understand is that not every roof can have a skylight. Stick-framed roofs are typically the best roofs for skylights, but installation also depends on the roof’s slope. Talk to your home improvement contractor to see if your roof qualifies.

Glass isn’t your only option

Skylights are made of a wood, vinyl or metal frame that holds a light-transmitting piece called glazing. Many people assume that glass is the only glazing option, but plastic is also an option. Glass is a more expensive option than plastic, but it provides a clearer view and blocks UV rays. Plastic is great if you’re on a budget, but it can scratch more easily than glass.

Tint your glazing

Whether you go with glass or plastic glazing, be sure to consider having it tinted. Skylights that let in too much light make a room uncomfortable. One of the best solutions is tinting the skylight. Tinted skylights provide a softer light for better ambiance, and they can also block UV rays for folks with plastic glazing. You can also consider installing a skylight shade if harsh lighting is only a problem at certain times of day.

Vented skylights are an option

The next thing to think about regarding skylight installation is that some skylights provide some fresh air along with natural light. Vented skylights can either be opened by a hand crank or remote control and can help promote circulation throughout a room. These types of skylights are the perfect solution for stuffy upstairs rooms.

Don’t forget the location

You’ll need to be very strategic when planning out your skylight’s location and which direction it faces. Try to avoid placing your skylight where the light will be obstructed by large trees or a tall building. Our advice is to install a north-facing skylight, if possible, as it provides year-round illumination.

Installation isn’t a DIY project

Finally, remember that this project isn’t meant to be a DIY job. Trying to install a skylight yourself can lead to serious injuries. Additionally, leaks or other skylight issues are bound to occur if you attempt to do the job yourself.

We’re the team to call for installation

Have more questions? Wondering about the skylight installation cost?

If you’re considering installing a skylight, look no further than Tri City Remodeling. We’re experts in all internal and external remodeling projects, so skylight installation is right up our alley. Contact our team today to get a free estimate and see if you have one of the best roofs for skylights.

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