What you need to know before installing a skylight

A Skylight

Advantages of Rooftop Windows and Skylights

Rooftop windows and skylights have advantages far beyond the luxe aesthetic. They can increase home value and even solve certain issues in stuffy, cold or dark rooms. Read on to discover if a skylight is right for your home.

Skylight Types

There are a variety of types of skylights: vented, fixed, domed, or flat. They come in many shapes besides just rectangles. Fixed skylights are sealed during manufacturing, and so they are leak-proof. In contrast, vented skylights can be opened. Because they are not sealed, vented skylights can present opportunities for leakage if installed improperly or left open. However, over the years manufacturers have taken great pains to make vast improvements, so leaks are no longer cause for concern. If you are unsure, one of our roofing experts would be happy to discuss your options with you, addressing the pros and cons of each.

Attic Considerations

It’s critical to have a professional out to inspect your attic ahead of time, because if there are
any wiring or pipes in the way, this will impact where a skylight can be installed.

Special Features

Do you want to be able to open the window remotely? Or have your windows close
automatically before a rainstorm? While fixed skylights are the most common option, vented
skylights can be opened manually or by remote. These types of features are important
considerations before choosing a skylight, and should be discussed with your salesperson or
technician beforehand.

Moisture Control

When skylights are installed or maintained improperly, leaks can occur. That’s why it’s so
important to thoroughly research your roofing contractor before signing any contract. Here are a
few tips to prevent leaks before they form:

  • Ensure your skylight is installed above the surface of your roof with at least a 2×6 inch curb.
  • Avoid DIY repairs and patching — these can reduce the integrity of the skylight and roofing
    materials. If an issue arises, it’s best to call your roofing contractor for advice.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for upkeep and installation. Preventative maintenance is
    key to preserving the look and functionality of your skylight — and will save you big on repairs!

Did You Know?

A skylight can provide crucial ventilation in bathrooms and kitchens. Just one
skylight can bring 30 percent more light into a room than windows. This can save you big on
your energy bills!

If you have any questions about skylight repair, installation, or replacement, don’t hesitate to
give us a call at 770-450-8829. We will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may
have!