DO YOU KNOW THE PROS AND CONS OF HAVING SKYLIGHTS INSTALLED IN YOUR HOME ??
So you’re considering of installing a skylight in your home, but you’re not sure if it’s a good investment. There are numerous factors to consider before replacing your roof or selecting new gutters.
As specialists, we understand the benefits and drawbacks of having skylights, as well as how to minimize the problems, particularly by selecting the appropriate equipment and addressing each scenario with the homeowner’s best interests in mind.
No two skylight installations are same since everyone considers them for various reasons. Perhaps you’d want to have more natural light in your bedroom or bathroom. Or perhaps improved ventilation?
Or perhaps you’d want to add solar-powered heat to a chilly living space?
In any case, we’ll guide you through the most frequent benefits, concerns, and questions our clients have before installing a skylight (or deciding to go another way).
Rooftop windows and skylights may provide a variety of benefits to homeowners. They can enhance your home’s total worth (equity) and alleviate specific problems in stuffy, chilly, or gloomy areas.
Including natural light (as well as solar heating) in your rooms
The most significant advantage of skylights is that they let natural light into your area. Solar heat is produced as a result of light. What difference does it make to you? Natural light has been shown to boost mood and even performance in the office. In addition, heating your home with sunshine might help you save money on heating bills during the colder months.
Allowing more fresh air in and improving ventilation
Skylight windows may be opened to allow in the fresh air. This improves cross circulation in congested areas, freshens the air, and cools your living spaces without using the air conditioner.
Energy cost savings (electric and heating)
As previously said, sunshine may heat up your areas while cross ventilation can cool them down. Each can help you save money on electricity (just be sure to build a leak-proof skylight with laminated glass!)
Aesthetic improvements increase the resale value.
Skylights, for example, can add wealth to your house by increasing its market value and providing an
appealing, natural light ambiance in specific spaces.
Natural light and “creating space” in a room
Skylights, like mirrors on the walls, may make a space “feel larger” and more expansive. During the day, you may also enjoy a view of the night sky or wildlife.
Every cosmetic alteration to your home has potential drawbacks, and skylights are no exception. As specialists who have built countless skylights for homes, we can tell you that many of the downsides stem from bad (or uninformed) selections made prior to installing the skylight.
- Investing in low-quality equipment that does not come with a good warranty
- Choosing the location of your skylight without first consulting with a professional
- Hiring a service expert with no experience installing skylights
- You can do it yourself (no offense to those hardcore DIY-ers out there)
- The cost of replacing or repairing a faulty installation
The list might go on forever. Most of these difficulties, however, may be prevented by doing the exact opposite – using high-quality equipment, getting adequate counsel, and hiring a good skylight contractor.
If you’ve covered all of your bases by making the proper decisions (as described above), the disadvantages will be specific to your scenario. Here are a few to think about:
- Losing heat through the skylight if it’s not properly installed or done with poor-quality equipment.
- Placement of skylight brings in too much light or too much heat during the day. That’s why a proper consultation is a good idea, so you install a skylight in an area that will fit your needs without letting the natural benefits get out of control.
- The features of the skylight fall short of your expectations. Do you want to be able to open the window remotely? Or have your windows close automatically before a rainstorm? These types of features are important considerations (usually thought of after the fact!)
- What if a tree limb falls on the skylight and shatters the glass? It’s possible, but it doesn’t have to be a dangerous situation. We recommend our customers purchase laminated glass in case of breakage. This type of glass is covered with a thin film that holds the broken glass in place, instead of shattering and falling into the house.
Above all, check with an experienced roofing contractor to find out what kinds of costs you are looking at when considering a skylight. Make sure they know what they are doing and that everything will be installed properly. Get a quote or hire professional contractors only at The Contractors Booklist.