Do’s and Don’ts for Your Skylight Installation
There’s just something about natural light that brings a sense of peace, tranquility, and serenity to a space. While most homes come equipped with enough windows to let a sufficient amount of light into any home, occasionally, there are a few exceptions, particularly in older structures or residences to which additional rooms have been added. Thats where skylight installation can help.
If your home suffers from a lack of natural light, and your are ready to do something about it, plan, plan, plan! After all, cutting a hole, (or several holes) in the ceiling and roof of your home isn’t an undertaking that can be easily reversed. To help with the planning process, we have created a list of do’s and don’ts for your consideration.
Do hire an experienced professional to perform your skylight installation. If you had to pick a doctor to perform a delicate operation on your brain, you would choose the most knowledgeable, most experienced brain surgeon you could find. Yes, your local veterinarian could probably also perform the procedure, but you would be less than satisfied with the results. Because of the complexities involved with a skylight installation, trust your home to the hands of an experienced professional contractor who specializes in this type of work.
As a general rule, don’t put a skylight on the side of your roof that slopes toward the street. While a skylight is not exactly an eyesore, the addition of a skylight might diminish the cohesive look of the roof, which would detract from your home’s curb appeal. Exceptions can be made to this rule, of course. The higher the roof, the less noticeable the skylight on the roof will be, but consider this aspect of curb appeal carefully before making your final decision.
Do consider the size of the room compared to the size of the skylight. A skylight installed in a small bathroom needn’t be obnoxiously large, however most homeowners who err on the side of excess are pleased with the outcome. A skylight installed in a great room with a high ceiling may become the structural focal point of the room. Consider the existing focal points of the room, and how the addition of a skylight will interplay in that visual arrangement.
Don’t forget to consider the extra features! Modern skylights come with a variety of options that make the addition of a skylight an asset to almost any space. For example, venting skylights may be opened or closed to allow for increased airflow in a space. This may come in handy if installed in a bathroom that lacks sufficient ventilation. Some skylights come equipped with built-in mini-blinds, to allow for the adjustment of the ambient light, or for increased privacy, if that is a concern.
Would the addition of a skylight contribute to the ambience of your home? Have questions regarding the installation process? Our staff is standing by to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today.