Common Questions About Skylight Installation

November 15, 2022 Published by Leave your thoughts

Wondering how to install a skylight? Skylights can add a lot of natural light and a sense of space and grandeur to your home. However, installing skylights can be rather tricky, and if they are improperly installed, you may have to deal with headaches, like leaks. Contact Tri City Remodeling if you’d like to discuss installing skylights.

Before having a skylight installed, it’s smart to slow your roll and do your homework. Talking over potential issues with skylight installation companies and technicians is wise. Feel free to ask questions. Below, we’ve covered some of the most common concerns and questions with skylights. However, this list is not exhaustive and you may have your own questions.

Will My Skylights Leak?

For a long time, skylights had a reputation for leaking. These days, properly installed and sealed skylights rarely leak. Of course, if the skylights are installed poorly, leaking can be a problem. Condensation can also be a concern.

Either way, having skylight installed by a professional will minimize risks and hassles.

Where Should the Skylights Be Installed?

Selecting the right location for skylights is vital. You need to consider not just the interior of your home, but also where the sun falls. 

If a skylight is installed in an area with low light, you may not get much additional light inside. Then again, maybe that’s what the homeowner is looking for. Even without much light, skylights can make interiors feel more spacious. No matter what, keep location in mind when installing a skylight.

Will My Skylights Increase Maintenance?

A well-installed skylight often results in minimal extra maintenance. That said, skylights often do need to be regularly cleaned. This is especially true if leaves have a tendency of ending up on your roof. If there aren’t many trees standing tall near your home, leaves may not be a major issue. Even then, soil could become a problem.

Cleaning skylights, however, is generally pretty easy and most skylights will only need to be cleaned once or twice a year. If you’re not comfortable getting up on the roof or on a ladder to clean the skylights, you can hire experts to handle the job.

How Will the Skylights Affect My Utility Bills?

Unfortunately, skylights may cause your utility bills to rise. While natural light may help keep lights off during the day, if a lot of heated or cooled air escapes, you may spend more money regulating the temperatures inside your home. Likewise, excess sunlight may warm homes a bit in the summer.

If you live in a temperate area, you may not notice much of a difference. If you live in an area with hot summers and cold winters, the difference may be more pronounced. Fortunately, selecting the right glass/plastic panes and seals can make it easier to regulate temperatures. You can also install skylight shades that will block light, say on a warm day.

Ultimately, professional skylight installation benefits will typically outweigh any drawbacks. Professional is the key word, however. Contact Tri City Remodeling if you have any more questions regarding skylights.

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