Natural light is one of the best ways to improve the mood and the look of a space. Light that pours in through windows can make a room look larger, more energetic, more elegant. It’s no surprise, then, that many homeowners want to open their homes up to as much natural light as possible, especially in some heavily trafficked areas of the home: the kitchen, the shower, the bedroom and so on. However, sometimes—whether due to the layout of the home or due to building codes of the city—it’s simply not feasible or desirable to put in more windows. The solution, then, is the installation of a skylight.
Skylights used to have a bad name and were notorious for leaking often. But modern skylight construction coupled with more robust flashing and better installation techniques have made skylights incredibly secure. That means you don’t have to worry about water streaming into your home when all you wanted was the light. Due to these improvements, skylights have never been more popular, and they’re a great way to brighten up a given room.
In Minnesota, we know that sunlight is precious. We want to soak up every second of it, whether in the middle of winter or during the very short summers. But there are many benefits to skylights:
Most skylight installation projects are scheduled to take place in spring, summer, and fall months in the Twin Cities. It’s difficult to install a skylight during those trying Minnesota winters.
Installation usually begins by deciding where you’d like your skylight. As noted above, many homeowners especially love to install skylights in the kitchen or bathroom areas (especially over the shower) in order to give those spaces an injection of overhead natural light. Once you’ve decided on a pleasing location, we’ll mark off the corners of the skylight from the inside with screws.
Once the corners are there, we’ll use chalk rope to create a perfect outline for the window on the roof. We’ll then cut the hole for the skylight using a circular saw (or whatever other tool the project demands) and remove that section of the roof. Once that section of roof is removed, roof flashing is installed—this helps water proof the opening. The next step is building a frame and installation flashing and, finally, installation of the skylight.
It’s incredibly important that a skylight be installed correctly, as incorrect installation can open up your home to other damages, via leaks, and it can also void the warrantee on the window.
Our primary goal with skylight installation are that the skylight be water tight, so that you can enjoy the light shining through your roof for years to come.
The cost of having a skylight installed varies. Some homeowners think that it’s a relatively simple task, fit for a weekend DIY project, but there are several factors to consider. First, working on a roof requires specialized safety equipment. If you lack this equipment, or if heights make you uneasy, this definitely is a project you should leave to the professionals. Likewise, if you lack the necessary tools to make the skylight water tight, you’ll want to call in a contractor, such as Exterior Contracting, Inc.
Skylight windows themselves are also a sizeable percentage of the overall cost. However, most of these windows come with a 10-year warrantee, so it’s an investment that will certainly pay off over time.
Other cost variables for skylight installation include the size of the skylight, the size of your roof, and the slope of your roof. To schedule a consultation and get an estimate of what this project might cost for your own home, contact Exterior Contracting, Inc., to get one step closer to the home of your dreams.