Skylights can beautify your home, but there are some drawbacks to them. Here are some things you should consider before installing a skylight.
The Disadvantages of Skylights
Skylights can let in more natural lighting, which can help increase the light in a room and even make the room seem bigger. But it’s not without its downsides.
Adding skylights to your roof can increase the risk of roof leaks. When a contractor installs skylights, they add edges to the roof and cut new openings for the window. If these aren’t done properly, gaps in your roof might be left uncovered and serve as an entry point for moisture. However, this risk is significantly reduced if the skylights are installed properly.
The Type and Size of the Skylight
Practically everyone wants more natural lighting in their home, but it can be too much of a good thing. Different types of skylights have their respective pros and cons.
Flat roof skylights, for example, are the easiest to install and provide ample natural lighting. However, if the size and the orientation aren’t appropriate for your room, you may end up getting too much sunlight.
Sloped skylights, on the other hand, let in a more proportionate amount of sunlight. However, due to their position on your roof, they’re harder to install and require extra features to protect them from leaks.
Keep in mind that the installation of new features always carry risks. But these can be easily managed by a qualified residential roofing contractor.
While looking for a new contractor, make sure to check their certifications and amount of experience in the industry. Certifications awarded by manufacturers often require contractors to undergo additional training, which is an assurance that your new skylight will be properly installed.
Pressure Point Roofing, Inc., is a GAF Master Elite® contractor with three decades’ worth of experience. We offer a wide range of roofing services, including roof maintenance and window installation services. To schedule a consultation, call us at (541) 423-3146, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Central Point, OR, as well as other nearby areas.