What You Need to Know Before Installing a Skylight
Skylights are an amazing addition to a home’s atmosphere. They essentially bring in natural light into your home that brights up a room that does not typically receive a widow to the sunlight. In Arizona, we residents are very fortunate to experience the warm and bright sunlight that occurs mostly year-round. Having a skylight installed in your home is a great way to take advantage of natural sunlight, along with so many other benefits. If you are considering having a skylight install in your home, we at Capstone Roofing are your experts in skylight installation, and we are happy to provide you with some helpful information regarding skylights.
Benefits of Skylights
As a skylight’s main purpose is to welcome natural light into a particular home space, there are several benefits to being surrounded by natural light for a home and the people who live inside. Installing a skylight in a home or even a business will enhance a room’s appearance and create a friendly vibe. Here is a list of benefits of installing a skylight in a home or business space:
- Skylights increase the capacity of natural light in a space or room. When there is more natural light in a room, it helps improve the appearance of a small room that seems bigger than it actually resembles.
- If you are ever considering selling your home, a skylight is a great selling point as many homebuyers love a home with natural light found through the home.
- If you have dark bathrooms or hallways in the middle of your home that doesn’t have window access, then a skylight is a perfect solution to brightening up those dark spaces easily.
- Skylights help you save on using less electricity, which will decrease the amount spent on electric bills.
- Having skylights installed in your home helps decrease your carbon footprint. Installing skylights is better for the environment as no artificial light can compare to the quality of natural light.
- The natural sunlight that a skylight provides is good for your health. It is known to reduce stress and anxiety by doing wonders for your body and mind.
- As a skylight provides natural sunlight in your home, the light is overall good for your health. Natural sunlight is known to reduce anxiety and stress, which helps support your body’s immune system and mental health.
- Skylights come in different shapes and sizes, so you can find a skylight option to be installed in your home perfectly.
Where Skylights are Typically installed in a House and Why
Skylights can be added to a particular part of a home to increase the amount of natural light that is currently not easily able to receive. If you have a room in your home that you would like to have more natural light, here some areas of a home that skylights are typically installed and why the skylight is great for these spaces.
When a skylight is installed in a kitchen, it helps balance the light needed to perform certain cooking activities such as cutting, chopping, and peeling food items. It can be challenging to cook in a dark lighted kitchen, especially when using knives around hands and finger. Additionally, some skylights installed in kitchen areas of a home can be “Fresh Air” skylights that allow a homeowner to open the skylights to help vent out cooking odors. These types of skylights in a kitchen help remove cooking smells, moist air, and cooking smoke out of your home naturally and faster.
A skylight is an outstanding option to install in a bathroom as its a perfect for having natural light without imposing on privacy issues. Generally, a home’s bathrooms are the place where water is used the most and contains a lot of humidity or moisture. Moisture in the home can be overall discouraging as it can lead to rot, mildew, or mold, which is a concern for health issues. Having a venting skylight helps open up the bathroom and lift out humidity. Installing a vented skylight is better than having a ceiling fan because they don’t need electricity to be useful.
Master Bedroom Skylight
How amazing would it be to one lying in your bed and looking up at the sky instead of the drywall on the ceiling? A skylight would be a great addition to a master bedroom to bring in natural light during the day and the opportunity to look up at the stars at night, all from the comfort of your bed. Like having a skylight in your bathroom, you don’t have to worry about giving up privacy. Additionally, a skylight installed in a master bedroom can improve someone’s sleep cycle as our bodies depend on the sun for our sleep cycle. Skylights let natural light in to balance our circadian rhythm.
Converted Attic Skylight
If your home has an attic space that can be converted into a room addition, installing a skylight can be a great idea to receive more natural light and reduce additional fees to your electrical bill. Like a skylight in a master bedroom, it can help with sleep cycle issues and provide an interesting ceiling feature to look at instead of boring drywall.
Maintenance Required of Skylights
Although skylights have many wonderful benefits to receive more natural light in a space, the maintenance required to having a skylight can have its ups and downs. From cleaning and checking to ensure that the skylight is not vulnerable to leaks, you will want professional assistance to maintain your skylight’s longevity.
- Cleaning – For cleaning the exteriors and interiors of your home’s skylights, obtain professional cleaning help. Typically, once or twice a year, skylights require deep and delicate cleaning. The cleaning process involves eliminating any films or debris on the plastic or glass. If your skylight is plastic-based, it is crucial to remove any haze that can form on the plastic and be more difficult to remove if not done periodically. Furthermore, having a professional cleaning can remove cobb webs and dust around the skylight.
- Professional Checks – Having your home’s skylights regularly tested ensures that any mechanisms and unit housing are in proper condition. Some types of skylights have the option to be opened for ventilation purposes and can access through remote control. With this kind of feature, it is important to make sure that the skylight is correctly functioning. Additionally, some skylights are prone to leaks, and having a professional skylight check for any defaults is included in the maintenance required to having a skylight installed in your home or business space.
Cost of Skylight Installation (Estimate)
If you want a skylight installed in your home, and unless you are advanced, do it yourself expert, you will want to call a professional to install your desired skylight. It is valuable to go with a skylight professional to install the light properly and ensure your skylight does not leak when it rains. Generally, a skylight installation cost for a 2-by-4-foot skylight can range from $500 to $3000. Many price ranges of a skylight can depend on the type of skylight that will be used.
Tubular Skylights Cost- On average, tubular skylights cost about $750, versus a traditional skylight cost about $2,000. Tubular skylights installation costs ranged from $500 to $1,000.
Fixed Skylights – Usually this type of skylight installation costs runs between $1,700 to $2,500 per skylight. A fixed skylight makes the perfect addition to your room that has a dark presence.
Ventilated Skylights – The installation cost can vary depending on the type of ventilated skylight, either solar, electric, or manual, that is being installed. On the low and high end of these ventilated types, the installation costs range between $150 – $2000.
Skylight Pros and Cons
Of course, with most appliances and additions placed in a home, there are some advantages and a few drawbacks. Here is a small list to consider the pros and cons of skylight installation
- Additional Daylight
- Savings on energy bills
- Adds to home appearance
- Increases positive moods and immune systems
- Extra ventilation
- Overheating or overlighting
- Increase cleaning
- increase to roof damage
- Prone to rain leaks
- Heat energy leaks
FAQs About Skylights
Q: Can any roof have a skylight installed?
Skylights aren’t right for all roofs. Normally, skylights are installed at the roofline beneath the roof shingles and sheathing. It is important that the construction of the roof must be able to support the skylight. When you call a service to inspect your home to assess if your roof will be to handle a skylight installation, they should be skilled to provide you with a definitive answer.
Q: What is the difference between a venting and a fixed Skylight?
A venting or ventilated skylight has the capability to open to allow fresh air into your home or ventilate certain elements out like orders, steam, or smoke. They typically can be open by either a motor or manually. Fixed skylights do not open and tend to be less expensive than ventilation skylights.
Q: Do skylights leak?
If a skylight is not properly installed, a homeowner will most likely experience leaks, especially during a rainstorm.
Q: Is the glass used in skylights safe?
The glass used in a skylight is very safes. It is tempered over laminated, so if it breaks, it will not fall in.
Q: Does the location of a skylight matter?
Yes. Many factors affect the location of installing a skylight as it affects the purpose of receiving natural light into your home. The direction of the skylight is equally important. North-facing skylights are ideal, as they supply continuous year-round illumination.
Q: How long does it take to install?
With no unusual circumstances, a standard skylight installation typically can take as little as two to three hours.
published on Wednesday, December 16th, 2020