Installing a skylight is a great way to let more natural light into your home. Perhaps it can improve your home’s ventilation or allow heat in during the colder months. Either way, it can be tricky to decide whether or not roofing skylights are a good investment. Having a skylight means having access to the right equipment and making the right considerations for your particular home. Here are the common pros and cons that come with building a skylight.
The Benefits of a Skylight
It lets more light into your living space
Did you know that natural light can help improve your mood and even how well you perform at work? Allowing more light into your home can bring in solar heat during the winter season as well and help you save on heating costs.
It increases ventilation
When taking a walk to get some fresh air doesn’t quite fit into your schedule, you can let a little bit of it into your home instead. A skylight can help the ventilation in a stuffy room or cool down living spaces indoors.
It helps you save on energy costs
As we previously mentioned, a skylight can help save on energy costs during both hotter and colder seasons. That being said, you’ll want to make sure your skylight is installed with laminated glass and is completely leak-proof to avoid any potential mishaps.
It adds to the value of your home
If you’re installing a skylight for cosmetic purposes, this can add to the resale value of your home if you eventually decide to move out of it. They can make rooms feel larger the way mirrors do—by allowing natural light in.
The Disadvantages of a Skylight
It can lose heat if it isn’t properly installed
If you haven’t done your research and hired general contractor services without the right equipment or good warranties, a skylight can lack heat, making it useless during cold nights.
It can be placed poorly
Depending on where you choose to place your skylight, you could be drawing in too much or too little heat during the day. Remember to always have a proper consultation with a roofing expert before going ahead with your installation project. Remember, where you place your skylight will need to suit the needs of the room.
It can fall short of your expectations
Various types of skylights can come with many different features. If you’re hiring a “professional” who lacks experience or haven’t undergone a proper consultation, you might not get what you’re looking for. For example, if you want to be able to open your skylight remotely or have it close automatically during a rainstorm, you’re going to need to find a contractor who can install these features using the right equipment.
It can be costly to repair
Especially if it wasn’t properly installed, to begin with, a skylight repair can cost an arm and a leg. To avoid shattering or breakage, you want to have your skylight built with lamination. This covers the skylight in a thin film that can hold broken glass in place, should something heavy impact it from outside.
What Type of Skylight to Install
The two main types of skylight installations are:
- Curb-mounted: These require a box structure for the skylight to rest upon and can be replaced without having to re-flash if your flashing is already in good condition upon replacement.
- Deck-mounted: A more recent design, these skylights don’t require a box structure and are more energy-efficient.
If you’re looking into a home redesign, a skylight can make for a charming addition. However, you’ll want to consider the pros and cons of installing one beforehand. If you need a bit of an introduction to roofing, feel free to contact us at Rydel Roofing!