Skylights are a great way to improve natural light in a space, especially in a room where conventional windows are not ideal or even possible. While a skylight installation may seem like a pretty straightforward project, not all roofing companies are skilled or experienced enough to pull it off properly. Before you ask your contractor to cut out a giant hole in your roof, here are a few things that you need to know first.
Skylights Can Be a Little Vulnerable
Even if you live in a mild climate, your roof is the part of your house that is constantly exposed to the elements. Skylights and their surrounding tiles or shingles are susceptible to a lot of stress from the elements and, without proper maintenance, can lead to leaks later down the line. To prevent any issues with your roof, be sure to steer clear of cheap skylights made of plastic components and have high-quality flashing installed.
Placement Is Critical
Picking the right spot for your skylight requires careful consideration. Try to pick a spot that is not constantly exposed to steam or moisture, such as above your stove as this could lead to mildew and clouding problems. You should also ask your roof repair and installation company to position your skylight in a spot on your roof where it lines up with other architectural elements.
When it comes to skylight options, there are plenty of sizes available to you. However, the size of skylight you will be able to install will often depend on the inner construction of your roof. Most residential roofs provide enough space for a skylight that is two feet wide. If you want something larger, you may need to cut into your trusses and even add extra supports.
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