Installing a Skylight? Check These 5 Tips First

SkylightsDo you have a dark and dreary room that needs natural light to cheer it up? Are you looking for an energy-efficient way to brighten your home? A skylight is the perfect way to flood a room with sunlight and add value to your house. When deciding to install a skylight, however, it is important to keep these four tips in mind.

Choose Your Placement Carefully

Before spontaneously adding a skylight to your home, it is important to choose the proper placement. Usually placement is determined by your home’s rafters, and a blueprint of your home’s design should be consulted before selecting the location of your skylight.

When making a big change to your home, planning is key. You need to consider what room you are adding the skylight to as well as how the sun will hit it throughout the day. Since the effects of a skylight are very different from a window, rooms can be overheated if the placement isn’t chosen properly. Plus, furniture could be bleached from the increased levels of sunlight. Consider using gray- or bronze-tinted glass in your new sunroof to diminish the sun’s rays or use built in blinds to provide insulation during hot, sunny days.

Homeowners should also consider of how the skylight will look from the outside. If your skylight faces the street, it may look out of place. Instead, try to align the skylight with a door or window so it looks like a purposeful architectural element.

Pick the Right Size and Shape

Too small? Too big? Your skylight should be “just right.”

Don’t fall victim to a common skylight mistake. When choosing the size of your skylight, don’t skimp! Although a smaller skylight may seem less expensive, you do not want to go through the installation process only to have an insignificant amount of natural light come through your skylight. The same goes for choosing an extra-large skylight – too much light can overheat the room, and you want to be happy with the final result.

You should also consider the right shape for the room. A tubular skylight is the top-recommended skylight shape for a small space like a second bath, but a more traditional rectangular-shaped skylight might work best for a larger space like a living room or kitchen. Your best bet is to work with your space to find the right fit for you.

High Quality is Worth the Cost

You don’t want to blindly go with the cheapest option when installing a skylight. High quality products help with energy efficiency, water tightness, sound reduction and wind and weight resistance. You also need to think about shading and ventilation when choosing a skylight. There are many factors involved which can make your skylight installation a good or bad experience. To be sure you are satisfied with your new skylight, consider all the elements and speak with a professional who can help you make the best decisions for your home.

Consider Professional Installation

Although some avid DIYers want to install their own skylight, quite a few things can go wrong if you install it yourself. Improper cuts can damage ducts or wiring, and less-than-perfect seals could leave you leaking water into your home where the skylight is installed.

Hiring a professional is the safest way to add a skylight. Professionals can judge whether the weather is right to start the project, use the right flashing kit for the job and can add additional drywall around the area if necessary. Plus, a professional installer will take proper safety precautions – meaning you don’t have to worry about falling off the roof!

Roofing by Bruce’s professional roofing contractors and specialists are experts at installing a variety of skylights. We take the stress out of home repairs and installations by completing projects in a timely and cost-effective manner for you. To learn more about installing a skylight or to schedule a consultation with one of our experts, give us a call at 570-424-7250 today.

Staying Cooler with Metal Roofing?

Metal Roofing One common belief that has become more and more popular in recent years is that metal roofing can actually help make a home stay cooler during the warm weather months. However, is that really the case?

 

Most homes that you see these days have asphalt shingle roofs, which are designed the way they are for a few reasons. First and foremost, this is the way we’ve been installing roofing for many years. Plus, as an added benefit, asphalt roofing is affordable and helps keep upfront costs more managable.

 

However, the recent economy has shifted slightly in favor of materials that are more economical, both for the environment and in terms of long-term costs. While an asphalt shingle roof may be cheap for homeowners up front, the homeowner will still be facing the need to replace a roof in a shorter time frame than with a metal roof. While metal roofing requires a more expensive initial investment, homeowners may end up saving some money in the long term – both in the longer life span and even on energy costs.

 

There are some mixed reviews of the efficacy of metal roofing versus traditional materials, but here are the main points to focus on: metal roofing is more durable than some other roofing materials, like asphalt shingles, and can therefore save homeowners money in terms of repairs. Metal roofing is also a bit more environmentally friendly, but the added benefits for keeping a roof cool all depends on the individual product’s cool-rating – regardless of metal or shingles.

 

Asphalt shingles are still a common choice for those concerned about energy savings, and still provide a benefit for staying cool as they don’t absorb as much heat as other products. When it comes to heat absorption, though, the material is just as important as the actual product color, as darker materials will absorb more light and, in turn, more heat. As long as you choose a roofing material with a good cool-rating, you’ll be good to go.

 

Here’s the final takeaway: metal roofing is a great option for homeowners who want a no-nonsense, no-fuss roofing solution that will last them longer than other materials, and may ultimately contribute to savings on their energy bills. But bear in mind that your roof’s ability to keep your home cool in hot months and warm in cold months depends not only on the material it’s made of or the color of the roof, but on the ventilation systems, proper sealing and many other factors.

 

Contact Roofing by Bruce today for more information on metal roofing and roof ventilation systems.