A skylight can make the perfect architectural statement to almost any home. Dark rooms can be illuminated year round with beautiful, natural light instead of a light bulb! If that wasn’t enough, a skylight can also heat or cool your home in an energy efficient way, which will help you save money as long as you own the home. Getting a professional contractor like Down River Roofing to properly install the new skylight is vital to making sure your new skylight operates correctly.
First, decide on what type of skylight you’d like: ventilating, fixed, or tubular. Obviously, factors such as the style of your home will preclude some skylights from being viable, and a reliable roofing company will advise you on whether it’s feasible to install that type of skylight where you want it. A great deal of the decision comes down to form or function really.
For example, it might not matter much what the skylight looks like because all you really want is light to be brought into a previously darkened room. Just remember that size isn’t everything and that a skylight can still be fairly small but still provide ample light.
The next decisions that should be made are in regards to materials. Most skylights are made of acrylic or glass with benefits and drawbacks to each. Glass skylights are easier to maintain and have a longer life expectancy while acrylic skylights can be installed on pretty much any type of roof.
Then you need to consider glazes, which can prevent too much light, too much heat, or too many harmful UV rays from entering the house. This goes back to the form versus function decision in some ways.
Anything involving your roof should involve professionals who know what they’re doing. Experienced companies like Down River Roofing in Michigan can be trusted to make sure most of the risks involved in installing a skylight are mitigated.
A beautiful and effective skylight is worth paying the extra money to not install it yourself. Consider it an investment of sorts, whether you intend on selling the house in the future or just want to save money on energy bills!