What You Need to Know Before Installing a Skylight

A skylight can be a perfect addition to almost any room in your house. Having natural light fill your bedroom or kitchen can be the critical element to help bring a room to life. However, when you’re ready to execute your vision of installing a skylight, here’s a few tips to keep in mind.

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Choosing isn’t just referring to where you place your skylight, but also the materials you decide to use. For instance, do you want a plastic or glass skylight? Do you know what brands or materials you’ll need to install an energy efficiency skylight that is resistant to wind and heavy loads? Make sure you have all the right information that will fit your needs before putting down any money.


It might be tempting to pick up a DIY kit and install a skylight yourself. However, there is a lot you have to take into consideration. One of the critical things you need to be aware of is the trusses framing your roof. You will need to have a good idea of the spacing you can safely work with, so you know what size skylight you can install.


One often overlooked aspect of installing a skylight is the amount of solar heat it will absorb in the house. A low slope will bring more heat into your home during the summer, and even less heat during the winter. This temperature difference can wreak havoc on your electricity bill. To prevent this from happening, be sure to keep your skylight at about 10 degrees more than the geographical latitude of your location.

Final Thoughts

Doing your homework is vital when looking to install a skylight, but if you put in the extra time and research, you can avoid a lot of common pitfalls. Maintenance will always be a must. However, the more consideration you place into your installation, the easier it will be to maintain your skylight.


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