DO you love natural light? Would you rather open up your curtains than turn on your lights during the day? Skylights are a great way to brighten your home, and some skylights can even provide ventilation in kitchens and bathrooms. Many homeowners love the idea of adding a skylight to their home, but there are a few things you should make sure you know before you start cutting holes in your roof!
First things first, find a contractor that carries high quality materials and has a significant amount of experience. You can choose from a variety of skylight types, including flat or domed, and fixed or vented, as well as different shapes and sizes. Fixed skylights cannot be opened, but vented skylights can be, either manually or with an electric motor.
Once you’ve chosen a reputable contractor, and a quality skylight, think carefully about where you want your skylight to be installed. The slope and position of your skylight can have a significant impact on the energy efficiency of your home. Low slope skylights can let in more heat during the summer and less in the winter, which is typically unfavorable to homeowners. It is best to make sure that the slope your skylight is set to about 10 degrees more than the geographical latitude of your home’s location. Additionally, keep in mind that skylights are made of glass and are susceptible to damage just like your roof and car windshield. Avoid placing your skylight close to large trees over your roof, or have those branches trimmed to protect your skylight as well as your roof.