10 Things You Should Know Before Installing a Skylight
Educate yourself with these helpful tips before installing a skylight.
Don't Skimp on Quality
Energy efficiency, water tightness, sound reduction and other factors such as load and wind resistance are important considerations. Explore additional options such as shading, UV coatings and ventilation. Also, many manufacturers offer high-quality products made from sustainable materials in an effort to protect the environment. Installing a skylight is a serious undertaking, and you want to make sure you'll be satisfied with your decision later on.
Be Careful Choosing Placement
Skylight placement is determined mainly by the placement of your home's rafters. Plan accordingly and keep a space plan or blueprint handy before you start cutting out sections of your roof.
Bad Weather Can Ruin Your Plans
Rain and bad weather can seriously hinder the project or even make it impossible to continue if moisture gets in midway through the installation process.
The Possibility of Falling is a Real Danger
Be sure your ladder is the right type and height, and that you are wearing footwear with the proper traction. Depending on the slope of your roof, you may want to consider using roof jacks to support a 2" x 12" board to stand on while you work -- when doing so, secure the roof jacks with nails and make sure the nails are driven into the roof joists and not just through the sheathing.
Determine the Slope Before You Buy Flashing
There are a vast number of flashing kits available that are specific to a particular pitch, so be sure you have the right information so you can make an educated decision.
Start From the Inside
Once you've removed the interior sheathing, drive four nails or screws in the corners of the box outline you've marked for the skylight. This will make it easier to locate the skylight opening from the roof.
Remove the Shingles Before You Start Cutting
Remove the full sheet of shingles from your roof until your marked opening is exposed.
Waterproof the Flashing
Waterproof flashing attaches to the flashing that comes in the kit and is an excellent method of diverting water and ice flow away from your opening.
Take the Time to Add Extra Drywall and Insulation
Be prepared to apply a little drywall and insulation to cut down on condensation and make certain that the light you let in doesn't expose less than-ideal-ceiling space.
Consider a Self-Ventilating Skylight
There are many brands of skylights have an option that allows you to vent your room as well as illuminate it.