5 Things to know before installing a skylight

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Considering a skylight but aren't sure about how to install it, where to install it and if it's even safe to install a skylight? There are many things to consider when making this home renovation. Getting it right is a must.

LOCATION

Rafters in your home will greatly determine where a skylight can be placed. Consider the best location to put a skylight. A room that needs light, ventilation or simply a little design attraction is your best bet.  The bathroom is a great choice. This is your opportunity to inject natural light into your bathroom without compromising privacy. A skylight installed in the kitchen will open up wall space, giving you more room for cabinets. Simply installing a skylight in an attic space can create a whole new living space without adding an addition.

SAFETY

The most important factor to consider when installing a skylight, is safety. If you are do-it-yourselfer be sure to wear appropriate gear. Safety glasses and nonslip boots are a must. You will be spending a great deal of time on the roof. Ensure that your ladder is always tied down to help prevent falls. And of course, don't forget to bend at the knees. If you've hired the professional, ensure that everyone on the project is properly insured.

QUALITY

High quality is essential. Water tightness, ventilation, sound reduction and resistance to the weather are all important. Research the company that makes the skylight you are considering. Ensure that there are proper warranties on both materials and workmanship. Read your reviews and get references from any contractor that you are considering. Sometimes you get what you pay for and this is one on of those times.

BUY THE RIGHT MATERIALS

If you purchase a skylight that is too big or too small for you won't get very far into your skylight project. Be sure to know all your measurements, including the pitch of your roof. Flashings come in a variety of sizes. Purchasing the right flashing kit will depend on how correct your measurements are.

CONSIDER THE WEATHER

Be certain to plan the install of your skylight around the weather. Particularly rain. It only takes a little moisture to dampen your efforts. Getting halfway through a skylight project when a storm rolls in will ruin the install. To be certain that you won't get caught in the rain, keep your eye out for three consecutive dry days in order to complete your project. It might be equally important not to plan your install during a heat wave. Your health and the health of anyone working on your skylight project is crucial.

Skylights can add interest to our home. They are functional and a great alternative to the traditional window. When done right, your skylight can go in without a hitch. Be prepared and you will soon be star gazing.