Skylights are great features that add often underrated value to a home, and we don’t have to be headed toward the summer months to consider or install them. They add natural light from above, adding vibrancy and sometimes a little ventilation to a room. Plus, skylights are built to last and withstand breakage, keeping your home’s structural integrity stronger than ever.

If you’re considering adding a skly light to your new home or adding one where you currently live, consider the following:

Materials

Choosing experts in the roofing business like those at Prime Roofing can help choose the very best, high-quality building materials with which to build your new skylight. Plus the added peace of mind offered by the right contractor can eliminate any fear homeowners have about cutting into their existing roof. We’ll also help you decide which kind of skylight is best for you. That is we’ll take you through various designs and help you choose between shapes and available ventilation options.

Size

Larger skylights will obviously have a higher chance for malfunction or leaks, but when installed correctly can add a much-appreciated flood of natural light to a space. If you want to avoid utilizing extra trusses to support your skylight, consider one that’s built to fit in standard roof panels.

Type

There are a few key variations to choose from when picking a skylight option for your home, and one is deciding whether your light will include a vent, operated electronically or manually, or a fixed one that does not move. Now, understand a fixed skylight is completely safe from leaks and are one hundred percent sealed. That’s not the case for vented sky lights, through the ventilation does have its advantages, especially when placed in a kitchen or bathroom space. However, new technology and improvements introduced after years of innovation make current skylights with vents less and less likely to leak. The only real difference between the two at this point is price: fixed skylights are the cheaper option, and the price increases as you add features.

Second to consider is how much moisture will build up in the skylight’s general area and how that moisture will be mitigated to prevent build-up or mold. This is where expert installation by certified technicians comes in, and our team at Prime Roofing is ready to assist you with your newest skylight addition. We’re also happy to offer tips and tricks for regular home maintenance for your skylight and roofing options year-round.

Last, consider where your skylight is going and how much sunlight it will be exposed to on a regular basis. South and west-facing skylights will not only let in more light, but also absorb more heat than those facing north or east. The slope also affects this. Low slopes will make a room hotter in the summer. The prime slope for a skylight as far as energy efficiency goes is about 10 degrees above our latitude – about 39.7 degrees north of the equator in Colorado.

Call Prime Roofing today with any questions about skylights, roofing materials, maintenance or repairs today!