Skylights are, put simply, fixed windows attached to your roof. Skylights are often confused with roof windows, in that people often think they can open skylights like roof windows. Strictly speaking, skylights don’t open. It doesn’t help that there are conflicting opinions on what skylights and roof windows are, even among the professionals who have worked with them for years. They may be made of glass-like some roof windows and have ventilation structures set much like awning-style windows.
They may be thought of as a luxury by some homeowners, but for those whose houses are located in places with less than the normal amount of natural light filtering in, skylights are a necessity. They let in natural light from overhead, which is where most light sources are located, and make the interior of your house look less somber and much brighter and cheerful. Houses with skylights can also save on electricity bills by letting in light at noon and in the afternoon, reducing the usage of indoor lights and electricity. But as with all things structural in nature, there are a few things to think about when looking to install skylights.
Location is everything. There are a few conditions where the presence of skylights can be essential. In places where there isn’t much window room, skylights can be the difference between a brightly lit room and a dull, gloomy cavern. Large floor spaces underneath roofs could also benefit from a large amount of natural light brought in by skylights.
You will have almost as many options for skylights as you have for regular, wall-mounted windows. You have the normal option for clear and frosted glass skylight but in most cases, the clear option is better for letting in more light. It can be made from shatterproof glass, recommended since they would be at risk from falling debris. You can also go for multiple pane glass, reflective coatings if you don’t want to be visible from anybody looking down from above, and all the other options available for traditional windows. You can also install remote-controlled servos for venting if your skylight is located somewhere out of your reach.
There are drawbacks to skylights of course. Installing one is more expensive than mounting a traditional window. Also, if your skylight is not meant for egress (a way to escape), then you need to build an egress window, which could cost more money if you don’t have one beforehand.
Skylight installation can be done DIY, through a regular contractor or carpenter, or by a professional roofing contractor. Simple jobs can be done yourself, although your assessment of “simple” can be vastly different from what it is. If you’re not comfortable with even basic carpentry, then it would be best to hire a professional to do it. Regular contractors can do it under their experience and knowledge of structures alone. But for the best results, you should look for specially trained and certified roofers with knowledge and expertise specific to roofing and installing skylights. With years of experience and a heart for family, Watertite Company Inc. is one of the best skylights in Eastern Massachusetts. Take advantage of the benefits our highly-trained and experienced roofing experts can give you by going to Watertiteco.com and scheduling your consultation now.