Installing a new skylight can be a difficult, but if you use a professional, you can have it done in a relatively short amount of time, and at a reasonable price. The main things you need to know about replacing skylights include:
When a skylight needs replaced
What type of skylight to install
How new skylights affect your roof
How to Know When its Time to Replace
Professional installers can usually tell right away if a skylight needs replaced, but it may not be as obvious to the untrained eye. If there is a cloudy look in the glass, or if water has started leaking through your roof around the edges, it is probably time to replace it. The frame of the window may need to be replaced if it is particularly old, or if it has been somehow damaged.
Types of Skylights
The shape of the skylight may be determined by the style of your home. If you are looking to maximize the amount of clear natural light you want in your house, a flat skylight may be the way to go. For skylights that also double as a decorative piece, a dome or pyramid structure may work better. Skylights that open can also be installed, helping to keep your home a little more ventilated in Sacramento’s comfortable year-round climate.
There are smaller, minute “sun tunnels” that simply point a ray of natural sunlight into an otherwise dark room.
Will Changes Have to Be Made to My Roof?
In order to have a new skylight installed, the old one must be taken out. Skylights that are the same size and shape as the previous one should be able to fit into the pre-cut hole without much of a problem. For skylights that are a different shape or size, there will be modifications made to the roof. Depending on how much of a change there needs to be, this can add on substantially to the cost, but the end result will be something you will definitely enjoy more than what you had before.
How Long Will it Take to Install My New Skylight?
Once you figure out what type of skylight you want for your Sacramento home, it is just a matter of having it installed. Installation can usually be completed in just a day or two and you will receive the benefits of an increase in natural light and added home value.
At Straight Line Construction, we can help bring natural sunlight into your home. Contact us for more information on skylight and sun tunnel installation.