Skylights can bring warmth and natural lighting to parts of your home where windows won’t necessarily fit. Adding a skylight to your home involves making major changes to the roof, therefore it has to be carefully planned before you commit to a project. In today’s post, local roof replacement contractor Edward Klecka Construction Company shares the important things your contractor should discuss with you when planning a skylight installation.
Proper Skylight Installation Is Important
Ideally, a roof should be built with as few seams and penetrations as possible. Adding a skylight to an existing roof means introducing potential spots for leaks if it’s not installed properly. The additional seams and flashing can be vulnerable to high winds. This shouldn’t discourage you from getting skylights, but should instead make you more careful with your choices — that is, choosing the best quality skylights and the best contractors for the job.
Plan Skylight Placement Carefully
Skylight placement is not as simple as choosing a dark area in the house and installing a skylight above it. Modern skylights are essentially windows on the roof, and therefore factors like roof types and relative indoor humidity levels must be considered. In case of high indoor humidity, condensation can form on the glass and turn a skylight into a dripping one.
Bigger Skylights are Often Better
If you have the option to choose skylights of different sizes, choose the biggest ones that you can get. They can help improve your home’s energy efficiency, allow more natural light into your home, and, if you’re getting an operable skylight, provide ample ventilation. If the new skylight ends up being too bright, you can always control lighting using retractable shades.
In comparison, if a small skylight turns out to be insufficient for your needs, your only option would be to replace it with a bigger one, which can effectively double the cost of your project. Working with a knowledgeable contractor can help make sure that you get your skylight installation the right way the first time around.
Edward Klecka Construction Company is your leading provider of roof repair and installation services. Give us a call at (805) 633-4171. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.