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What Are The Best Skylights?

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What Are The Best Skylights?

Learn More About Skylights

Skylights are a great way to add natural lighting to your property and add an element of upgraded design to your rooms. What’s more, skylights can provide a look into the outside world with glimpses of nature which can be very calming and enjoyable to gaze upon during the day and night. If you’re interested in skylights, benefit from the help of a professional roofer for any specifics on what would work best for your roof and other information. Until then, refer to the general information regarding skylights here that may prove useful to you.

Are skylights worth it?

Skylights can be worth it if initial installations have been made properly and you keep up with the upkeep. With proper initial installations, you won’t have as many issues down the line. Keep in mind that skylights are expensive to install and maintenance is not as bad in price but can be there. Due to this, some insurance companies may have their premium go up. However, your home value and draw to potential buyers will go up as well.


How much does it cost to put in a skylight?

Skylights that are high-quality and fixed are about $200 or higher. Labor costs will depend on the size of the window as well as the type of roof and will typically cost from $400-$1300 per window.

Do skylights add value?

Skylights are able to attract potential buyers and greatly increase the home’s value as it’s one of the few home improvements that can upgrade both the interior and exterior of the property.

Do skylights always leak?

Skylights are known to leak yet as long as you keep up with any changes you can prevent this from occurring. Take into mind that seals and flashing can deteriorate over time and can allow for water to penetrate the roof. With newer skylight models however you’ll see that they’re less prone to leaks. If not installed properly however any skylight can leak over time.

How are skylights energy efficient?

Skylights are energy efficient in that they won’t require electrical lighting during the day. They can add ventilation from hot or moist air like with shower steam or heat radiating from an oven. With skylights, you may be able to add solar heat when placed strategically in a chilly room. If you’d like to increase a skylight’s energy efficiency you can install blinds, with blackout blinds you can boost it up to 45%. A low-emissivity film can be another option for controlling excess outside heat.

Can a flat roof be patched?

Routine inspections are a must when you have a flat roof. This will usually be the difference between having the need for emergency flat roof repair because you can catch possible issues before it happens.

However, the roof is out of sight and out of mind, so it is often ignored, and leaks happen. Finding the leak is usually the biggest challenge because water follows gravity. Where the drip or leak is coming in isn’t necessarily where the water is getting in. Once you have located the area, the patching is the easier part.

They cover most flat roofing in asphalt, rubber, or PVC with an adhesive patch being the easiest and fastest repair for the rubber or PVC coating. You can make an asphalt flat roof repair using caulk or bitumen.

How do you repair a flat roof?

Inevitably, any commercial flat roof, repair or replacement will be necessary sometime. For the owner of a commercial building with a flat roof, the repair is preferred over replacement when possible simply for the cost factor If you have a Built-Up Roof or a Hot Tar & Gravel roof, we offer the following on inspecting and if flat roof repair or replacement is the recommendation:

  • Get a gallon of cold tar, a utility knife, and a trowel. Using the knife, cut a square of the membrane and if it is over 3/8″ thick and feels sticky, you can repair any crack or hole with the cold tar.
  • If you see big bubbles, this indicates a roof upheaval and flat roof repair isn’t possible. You need a professional flat roof replacement instead.
  • If you see a crack or two flat roof repairs is possible using the tar and trowel. You can repair one or two random cracks. When there is an upheaval in the crack, then the problem is more serious.
  • If your roofing membrane is brittle or disintegrating, flat roof repair isn’t recommended.

Do flat roofs always leak?

Not any more than a pitched roof, if they are installed, inspected, and maintained is recommended. Commercial flat roofing is just as dependable as a pitched roof but may take a little more human interaction to keep it as good condition.

  • Flashing Damage:
  • Probably the most common reason flat roofing leak is the flashing along the perimeter has been damaged, which can happen over time. When it gets damaged, it exposes the roof to moisture, water seeps in and leaks start. A routine inspection will allow you the opportunity to find any cracking or peeling of the flashing and/or your flat roof repaired or replaced before it leaks.
  • Drains Clogged:
  • Flat roofs are not 100% flat. They have some slope toward a drainage system. If those drains become clogged, you could have a rooftop swimming pool or major leaking. If there is standing water on your flat roof, call your roofing contractor immediately for flat roof repair and drain cleaning.
  • Damaged Membrane:
  • A flat roof is protected by a waterproof membrane, which is exposed to the climate and elements 24/7/365. This causes it to dry out and crack, which you will find during a regular inspection. As soon as you notice any damage to the membrane, call a roofing contractor for flat roof repair.

What are the different types of skylights?

  • Ventilated
  • Fixed
  • Tubular
  • With Shape Options:
    • Flat
    • Arched
    • Domed
    • Pyramid

Do skylights make room hot?

Skylights will add light and heat to a room so if you’d like to reduce it you can use custom design shades, moveable coverings, and blinds to your skylight. You can reduce the potential of overheating by having skylights facing north or south as this will allow light in without having too much heat. Another thing that you may do to reduce heat is to open your skylight as hot air that’s trapped on your ceiling will escape from the room. With Energy-Star skylights you can have solar heat blocked in the summer so you can have natural light without the added heat and feeling of stuffiness.

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Should skylight face North or South?

Skylights can be placed facing east in order to get warmth and light in the morning while being faced west will give the same benefits but in the afternoon. With skylights facing north you will have constant, cool illumination while with skylights facing south you can maximize on heat which can be favorable in the winter. (With summertime you may want a movable covering.)

What size skylight should I get?

Skylights are best as a rule of thumb to be no more than 5% of the area of the floor of a room that already has a lot of windows or no more than 15% of the floor’s area if there are a few windows.

Do you need planning permission to install a skylight?

Skylights can be planned generally without permission as long as they’re following with certain conditions and limits such as windows not protruding more than 150 mm above the existing roof plane. For more information regarding your property’s specifications and materials get in touch with a professional roofer who’ll be able to provide more details for your skylight project.

Get In Contact With Your Local Roofing Company

When you’re looking for new skylights and ways to improve on the design of your home get in touch with your local roofing company for assistance. In order to avoid leaks and other problems down the line, it’s essential that initial installations be conducted by someone who’s qualified. Skylights are a great way to increase the value of your home while providing an upgraded aesthetic both inside and outside of the home. Enjoy the natural light and view of the outdoors from inside with skylights, your local roofer is ready to embark on this new endeavor with you so contact them today!

If you’re interested in skylights in Goshen and Louisville, KY call 502-228-7717 with Assurance Roofing! 

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