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What You Need to Know Before Installing a Skylight

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:

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.

Kitchen Skylight

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.

Bathroom Skylight

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.

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

Pros

Cons

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