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.


Roof Vents and Ice Dams

Ice Dams

With winter now in full swing, that means our homes will be exposed to things such as ice build up or ice dams. Left unmanaged, these accumulations can lead to serious problems, including roof damage or even collapse if excessive weight is added in the form of ice. This is why ensuring that your home is properly ventilated to ensure that ice isn’t allowed to build up and create these excessive accumulations.


When an ice dam forms at the end of the roof, it essentially creates a wall. Then, when the temperature rises after snow has fallen, the snow melts and runs down the roof. When that happens, the ice dams prevent the water from fully making it off the roof, instead pushing the melted moisture back – often under shingles. From there it can seep in and start to drip into the attics and ceilings of a home. In turn, if the water persists, it can lead to the rusting of drywall fasteners, sagging drywall and stains around windows and doors.


To prevent ice dams from forming in the first place, having roof vents installed in the home is a must. What these will do is pull in colder air and will push out warmer air which will help achieve a more moderate temperature barrier between the interior of your home and the roof. If the attic is too warm or poorly insulated, the heat can dissipate and cause melting on the roof. On the other end of the spectrum, attics that are too cold can cause cold air to seep into the home – cold air sinks, after all – which is why ensuring the quality and adequacy of your insulation is also important.


Ventilation helps to achieve this equilibrium and ensure a constant air flow to prevent temperatures from becoming too warm or cool. If you are unsure whether or not the vent is working, simply shoot air from a compressor hose through the vent. Not only will this allow you to see if air is passing through properly, but it can also be a way to determine if your existing vents are clogged or plugged with dirt, dust or even animals.


Roofing by Bruce in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, specializes in roofing installation and repairs. Our experienced specialists will make sure your roof vents are properly installed or work with you to install new roofing or effect emergency repairs if you ever need. To learn more about our full range of roofing installation and repair services, give us a call today at 570-424-7250!



What is the Lifespan of Roofing Materials?

Roofing Materials

Although most of us typically only have to replace the material on the roof of our homes once, it’s important to make sure we pick the right one. You want your roof to last – not just while you live there, but also for the next family or generation who lives there, as well. It’s not always an easy decision to make, however, so it’s important you know the facts about each material. Here is a look at the advantages and lifespans of the most common roofing materials.


Asphalt Shingles


One of the most common roofing options are asphalt shingles. These shingles average a lifespan of about 20 years. Of course, this varies depending on the specific type of shingles used and the manufacturer’s warranty. Some options are protected for as long as 50 years, though with that guarantee comes a premium price over traditional shingles varieties.




Metal roofing is another common choice, though different groups are divided on what the reasonable lifespan is for these roofs. For example, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors projects that a metal roof can be reasonably expected to last between 40 and 80 years, but The Metal Roofing Alliance cuts that a little shorter – anywhere between 40 and 60 years. As with anything, the individual installation and weather conditions experienced will play a large role on how durable your roof is, though the general consensus is that metal roofing should last for at least 40 years.


Wood Shingles


Wood shingles are similar to asphalt in terms of installation, but offer a bit of an edge in durability. Typically these shingles have a lifespan of approximately 30 years, but that can last longer if you experience more moderate or temperate weather conditions. If we don’t experience many crazy storms throughout the time you have your roof, using wooden shingles will last you a very long time.


Slate, Concrete and Clay Tiles


Solid like a rock – because they literally are – slate, concrete and clay tiles are the toughest materials you could use for your roof. These materials have a premium price, but offer premium protection. If you use any of these options to top your roof, you could reasonably expect your home to stay dry and protected for as long as a century. This makes these materials a great selection for anyone who is planning to build a home to live in for the rest of their life or even to pass down to the younger generations in the future.


Roofing by Bruce offers comprehensive roofing installation and repair throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania. Based in East Stroudsburg, we stay up to date with the latest building codes, material advancements and installation techniques to ensure that our customers receive the best roof possible. To learn more about our services, give us a call today at 570-424-7250!