A skylight can make your home more appealing inside and out. This addition allows more natural light and ventilation into your interior. However, it’s not suitable for every home. There are various things you should consider before having one installed.
Find out when a skylight is ideal from one of the area’s trusted roofers.
Consider Your Climate
Skylights can be installed in both warm and cold climates. However, if you live in an area that experiences heavy snow, you’ll get no benefits from it during winter. If your location is prone to hurricanes, go for polycarbonate to prevent damage. Moreover, skylight glass is a good option for those who experience constant temperature extremes.
The Structure of Your Roof Matters
If you’re thinking of getting a skylight, then your roofing system must be strong enough to support it. You also need to consider the framing of your roof. Stick-framed roofs have individual rafters that are at least four feet apart. This type of framing is better for skylights because they have sufficient space for cutting and fitting a skylight between rafters. Meanwhile, if you have a truss-framed roof, installing a skylight can compromise its structural integrity.
Choose the Right Placement
A skylight must be placed in a room that’s directly below the roof, like a finished attic or guest room. Another key factor to consider is the direction of the skylight. North-facing skylights can provide plenty of sunlight all-year-round. Avoid installing skylights where your outdoor view would be obstructed by walls of a taller house or building.
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