Installing a skylight on your roof can be a great way to bring natural light into your home. But before you make the decision to install one, there are some important considerations to keep in mind. Glare from the skylight can make the roof warm and uncomfortable, and can discolor fabrics if light falls directly on them. To avoid this, you may want to consider adding a shadow or filter to the skylight.
When looking for a location for a skylight, choose the specific room you want to illuminate. The installer will then select a section of the roof above that room that meets the minimum slope requirements set out in the manufacturer's specifications for your skylight. It is generally recommended to install a skylight on a slope that is five to 15 degrees higher than your latitude. If you're re-roofing your house with metal, now's the time to start planning skylights, as adding skylights to an existing metal roof is much more difficult and expensive.
When it comes to installing skylights on a metal roof, many homeowners are wondering if it is possible to combine the two. This requires the installer to add a curb built in place to the ceiling and flashing the curb, similar to how you would with a chimney. The person installing the skylights should consider certain factors before ordering the skylights, flicker kits and materials needed. The installer can choose a sidewalk mounted skylight (FCM, VCE or VCS) so that the gasket material can be manufactured on-site with the same roofing material and that matches the color of the roof.
Installing a skylight on an existing roof requires re-placing shingles on certain sections of the roof, so don't start this project until you need to replace the roof. Flatter roofs also require special installation techniques, which could cost more than expected. Because skylights are installed on the roofline, under the shingles and roof covering, the roof construction must be able to withstand the skylight. Installed with the VELUX joint cover system, these models are ideal for metal roofs, as they meet the requirements of the VELUX No-Leak warranty.
When it comes to installing a skylight on your roof, it's important to be as informed as possible before making any decision. If homeowners don't consider all of these factors, they could end up paying more on their energy bill each month. On the contrary, when a skylight is installed correctly, these considerations could generate numerous benefits. Skylights offer energy efficiency, natural cascading light and fresh air into your home - all of which can make your home more comfortable and enjoyable.