Skylights bring more natural light into your home, and many homeowners decide to install them. Installing skylights is an exciting project, but there are some things you should consider before you find the right roofing contractors and get started. We are a certified Velux installer at Pro Exteriors, and we love working with our customers to install new skylights and brighten up their homes. But before we get started, it’s essential to prepare yourself as a homeowner for the installation process.
In many areas, there are rules and regulations regarding major home improvement projects. Look into any rules concerning skylights, including minimum sizes, energy efficiency standards, and safety features. You also may have to acquire permits to make these modifications to your home. If you are unsure about the rules in your locality, your town or city should have resources to help you.
Skylights add more weight to your roof, and you want to make sure that your home has the structure to handle it. Have your roofing contractors assess your roof and your home to ensure that there is sufficient structural integrity to support skylights.
What kind of skylights you can choose depends on the slope and pitch of your roof. Water needs to be able to drain properly to eliminate the risk of leaks. Different types of skylights are designed to be compatible with different angles.
Not every room in your house will be the best choice for a skylight. Certain locations will give better light or more heat. For example, south-facing skylights will give a lot of light, but they also heat up the room. North-facing skylights provide consistent light without making the room as warm. You also have to think about how many skylights you want to install, what size they should be, and where you should position them. The amount of light you want to bring in and the size of the room will determine the answer to those questions.