Putting a skylight in your home can be a very attractive feature. More natural light will be let into the room, making it bright and cheery. There are a few things that you should know about installing a skylight before you start shopping for these special windows and begin the installation process. It’s a serious project and you should really think the decision through before you start the project.   

Quality Is Key

It’s important that a skylight has a few special aspects including:

 

  • Energy efficiency
  • Water tightness
  • Sound reduction
  • Wind resistance
  • Ventilation
  • UV coating

Many manufacturers also try to appeal to those shoppers who are looking for environmentally friendly materials. Keep in mind what those are and how the quality will be affected.  

Injury Is A Real Possibility During Installation

  • Whether you’re installing the skylight yourself, or having a professional do the job, there’s a risk of falling and injury. 
  • The ladder should be the right height and type. 
  • The shoes being worn should have good traction. It’s also a good idea to use roof jacks for extra support during the installation process. 
  • The jacks should be secured and clamped down to ensure extra support. If you don’t know what you’re doing, the short answer is that you should hire a professional and leave the job to them. Be sure that anyone you hire is using safe work practices. 

Weather Can Delay The Project

Remember, since you’re essentially cutting a hole in your roof to install the skylight, it’s a real possibility that weather can put a damper on the project. If rain, snow, wind, or ice happen to be a part of the equation when installing these new sky windows, it could pose a real problem. Weather could not only be a safety issue, but a hazard to your home as well. Try to plan for the installation of the skylight during a more temperate part of the year. 

The Installation Starts From The Inside

After the outline of the skylight has been cut out of the sheathing of the roof, you’ll need to mark the opening of the skylight with screws or nails in the corners. This will help you to locate the skylight opening. 

The next steps are as follows:

The shingles will need to be removed before you even start cutting the rest of the opening.

The flashing will need to be waterproofed in order to keep snow and ice away from the opening of the skylight. 

Extra drywall and insulation will need to be added to avoid too large an opening in the ceiling. 

A skylight can be a great asset to any home. With a little thought and planning on your part, you can add something that you’ll enjoy for many years!

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