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Skylights are not particularly costly to buy; most of the cost is in the installation. It is suggested that a professional contractor install the skylight, but if you are skilled with your hands and have done similar mechanical tasks previously, you may do it yourself. If you decide to hire a contractor, it is always good to shop around for the best prices and service. Friends’ recommendations are an excellent approach to make a choice.
Complex skylight shafts, on the other hand, may take a long time to build. To construct the light tunnel, structural work or roof-framing elements may need to be changed. Even if you believe yourself to be extremely competent, you should not try this at home. In such situations, it is advisable to seek the assistance of a professional installation company. The majority of manufacturers provide installation services.
Remember that even the most energy-efficient skylights must be extremely precisely placed to obtain optimum energy efficiency when installing skylights. This is why it is best to have a professional install your skylight.
When installing a skylight, it is important to consider slope and moisture management, in addition to strictly following the manufacturer’s recommendations. The slope is the angle at which the skylight is tilted, and it has a significant impact on solar heat uptake. A low slope will allow more solar heat in the summer and less in the winter, which is precisely what your home needs. Remember that the suggested slope should be equivalent to your geographical latitude plus 5 to 15 degrees.
Another essential consideration during installation is that water leaks are a frequent issue with skylights. To prevent leaks, ensure the skylight is placed above the roof’s surface and provided a curb. A curb is a raised, waterproof grab that directs rainwater away from a building. In addition, make certain that all joints are permanently sealed.
Finally, a coating of sheet waterproofing should be applied over the curb to prevent water blockage or leaking.
Skylight Installation FAQs
How should skylights be installed?
Skylight installation may be accomplished in two ways. The most popular and simplest way is to hire a skylight expert rather than a regular carpenter or roofer. The second alternative is to do it yourself. In this situation, it is essential to choose a product with detailed instructions for skylight installation. It is essential to note that most skylight issues result from poor installation rather than a problem with the skylight itself.
How do you decide which skylight to install?
There are many options. The designs and sizes are also diverse. The easiest method to choose the appropriate skylight for installation is to consider the size and needs of your space. It is best to consult with a professional before installing a skylight to determine its size and location. Many homeowners make the mistake of choosing the biggest skylight feasible to receive the most light. This is self-defeating since skylights create insulation discrepancies, resulting in excessive heat in the summer and excessive cold in the winter. That is why it is important to choose an energy-efficient model with the proper size.
What kinds of skylights are available for installation?
There are three kinds of skylights:
The names speak for themselves. Roofs are best suited for fixed skylights. Ventilating skylights are ideal for areas that need a lot of ventilation, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Tubular skylights are ideal for use in small areas such as a corridor.