Skylight installation can add a lot of value to your home, lower energy bills and brighten up your space. However, it’s a job for an experienced DIYer or a roofing contractor.
The key to a successful skylight project is proper planning. This involves choosing a type of skylight, as well as preparing the roof for the opening.
Choose a Skylight Style
Choosing the perfect skylight to brighten up your home can be a challenge with all the different options available. A few things to keep in mind as you make your decision include the function of the skylight, the shape and size, and the installation location.
Skylights allow more natural light to enter the room, which can help reduce electricity costs and add beauty and value to your home. Additionally, many types of skylights are designed to help bring in fresh air and reduce heat transfer and condensation. Some can even provide a view of the sky.
The first thing to consider is what type of skylight you want. There are several different types to choose from including fixed, vented, and illuminating. Depending on what you choose, the style of skylight will influence how much natural light comes into the room, how easy it is to open and close, and how easy it is to clean.
Fixed skylights are a great option for bringing in natural light without ventilation. They are a cost-effective solution that is simple to install. VELUX fixed skylights are available in a variety of sizes, styles, and finishes to match any home. They are designed to complement the existing roofline and come with a warranty that varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Venting skylights, or “Fresh Air” Skylights, open and close to let in fresh air and more natural light. They can be operated manually or electrically. They are available in a wide range of sizes and styles, and can be fitted with solar shades to provide more control over the amount of light entering the room and to block harmful UV rays.
Sun tunnels are a great way to get natural light into rooms where traditional skylights can’t be installed. They are an affordable solution that is easy to install and can be paired with blinds or shades to help you manage the amount of sunlight in your home.
Choose a Skylight Material
The right skylight can make any room in your home feel brighter and bigger without requiring additional lighting. You can choose from a variety of styles and materials, and even have the option to add interior blinds or shades for control over the amount of natural light you want in your space. But before you cut a hole in your roof, it’s important to consider how your new skylight will affect the way light travels through your home and what impact it may have on the temperature of the room.
A skylight can increase the amount of natural light that enters your home, reducing your need for artificial light and helping to reduce your electricity bills. But you also need to think about what type of skylight will be best for your home’s layout and the direction that the sun moves throughout the day and year.
If you have a south-facing room, for example, it might get too much sunlight during certain times of the day and year. To avoid this issue, you could install a recessed flat-panel skylight or a curb-mounted skylight with an electrical timer that controls the amount of natural light entering your home.
When you’re selecting a skylight for your home, it’s important to go with a high-quality product that’s designed to last and will protect your home from water leaks. Look for a model that’s UL-listed, and choose one with double-insulated glass that’s tempered with low-E coatings to minimize the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light that passes through the window.
If you’re installing your skylight yourself, you’ll need to purchase a skylight kit that includes all the necessary parts and accessories for the job. You’ll also need a circular saw, a hammer, a ladder and a harness for safety. Before cutting into your ceiling, locate the rafters with a stud finder and mark the location where you’ll need to cut.
Once you’ve installed your skylight, it’s a good idea to cover the view shelf with plywood for added protection against rain and other debris. You can then finish the drywall and paint the interior of your home. When you’re done, your home will benefit from a beautiful new addition that allows more natural light to shine through, making it feel brighter and more spacious.
Choose a Skylight Shape
Skylights are a great way to add natural light into any space in your home. Not only do they offer a view of the sky, but they also bring in fresh air and reduce energy costs. Skylights come in a variety of styles, materials and designs so you’ll be able to find the perfect option for your space.
One of the first things you’ll need to decide is what function you want your skylight to have. For example, do you want it to let in more natural light, provide ventilation or offer a view of your backyard? Once you have a clear idea of what your skylight will be used for, you’ll be ready to start the installation process.
When choosing a skylight, it’s important to consider how the shape of the window will affect the light in the room. A skylight with straight edges will create a more focused light in the room while a skylight that flares out will provide more even lighting. The type of glass you choose will also affect how the sunlight enters your room. A skylight with low-e glass will reflect UV rays and prevent them from discoloring floors, furnishings and artwork.
Another factor to consider when choosing a skylight is the size of the room. A skylight that is too small will look silly and cause glare while a skylight that is too large will create heat loss. When in doubt, consult a professional to help you determine the proper size for your skylight.
Once you’ve chosen the style and size of your skylight, you’ll need to decide where it will be located. This will be influenced by the amount of sunlight you want in your room, how much roof space is available and any electrical wiring or plumbing that may already be located in the area.
If you’re planning to install a powered or motorized skylight, make sure you consult an electrician and follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions when handling and installing any wiring. The last thing you want is a faulty or dangerously overheated skylight that could compromise your roof and the safety of those in your home.
Choose a Skylight Location
When a homeowner chooses the perfect skylight for their home, it is crucial that they also pick the right location. Because a skylight can be installed only in a room directly below the roof or in rooms with an unfinished attic space above, it is important to make sure that your home meets the necessary conditions. A VELUX authorized dealer can help you determine whether your roof is compatible with skylight installation and, if it is, they can supply the appropriate products and accessories.
Choosing the right skylight location is important because a poorly installed skylight can result in leaks and costly repairs. Having a professional oversee the installation can prevent any mistakes and spare homeowners the headaches that come with skylight problems.
Another important consideration is the direction that the skylight will face. A skylight that faces south will let in a lot of heat, while one that faces north will reflect the sun’s rays and keep the interior cool and comfortable. An experienced VELUX dealer can help a homeowner decide which option is best for their home and their needs.
A skylight can transform a home, adding natural light and beauty while helping to reduce energy bills. If you are interested in installing a skylight in your home, an experienced VELUX dealer can help you select the perfect product and install it to meet your home’s needs. To get started, enter your zip code below to be matched with top-rated pros near you. Getting a quote is free, fast and easy.