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Avoid These Common Errors When Installing Skylights

By Jamie Richardson | August 29, 2022

Are you looking to brighten up your once dark home? Well, you’ve come to the right place. A well-designed and installed skylight can help add value to your home. 

Skylights are not only the perfect solution when looking to brighten up your home, but they are aesthetically appealing - enough to add some oomph and significantly improve your home’s value. If chosen carefully, these lights could also help in bringing your energy costs down.

Needless to mention, it is not unheard of for property owners to make certain mistakes when installing skylights, errors that end up being a gum in the foot financially as far as convenience, functionality, renovations, and repairs are concerned. 

Thankfully, this piece takes you through some of the common errors you need to avoid when installing skylights in your home.

Going for Cheaper Installation Materials

It's said that cheap is expensive and this statement couldn’t be any truer. There’ll be no doubt that in your mind, you’ll be looking for cost-effective and efficient ways to achieve a successful installation. 

But let’s face it, cheaper materials will affect the quality of the end results. Sourcing your skylight hardware from renowned providers can help ensure that you are investing in high-quality products, installation, maintenance, and repair. 

Whether you need them, for extra ventilation, as access points, or for that extra illumination, it’s best to invest in durable and reliable supplies when installing skylights. 

Failure to Plan

Envisioning the outcome of the skylight installation might provide you with insights on how to go about it. You do not always need to knock the whole roof down when installing a skylight as this will add to the costs you might have to incur. 

To avoid planning to fail, below are some considerations you may want to factor in beforehand:

Attempting to Doing It Yourself

If you are great at handling most of your home's repair and installation projects, then that’s admirable. However, as much as you may want to slash the project costs a little bit, installing a skylight might be a project you want to leave to the pros since in most cases, a wrong move could be disastrous. 

Professional skylight installers have the know-how, they are insured, and they have the right tools for the job. So unless you have the skills and the tools, it’s best to brush off the DIY idea as soon as it pops into your mind. 

Ignoring The Structural Integrity of the Roof

Well, it’s not a mandatory requirement that skylights should be installed on new roofs. But then again, it’s imperative to ensure your roof and your home is in a good condition and properly functioning before embarking on the installation project. The roof should be carefully assessed, ensuring that it’s in a good condition to accommodate the workload. 

You will want to check whether the framing can withstand the pressure, whether there are leaky spots, and whether replacing a roof or repairing it could be the best way to go before skylight installation. 

Poor Placement

Oftentimes, homeowners are on the face when deciding on the best skylight placement location. Poor skylight placement can impede natural lighting, affect the roof structure, and at the end of the day, possibly cost you more. 

Always check whether the skylight will affect the pipings above the ceiling, whether there are electrical wires, and if there are obstacles that might affect the installation process.

Done right, skylights can be great additions to a home. Mistakes during the installation process could end up damaging your roof and you might incur more on repairs and replacement costs down the line. 

By avoiding the above common skylight installation mistakes, it’s easier to add skylights to your property with the intention of adding value and functionality. 

Jamie is a 5-year freelance writer who enjoys real estate. He is currently a Realty Biz News Contributor.
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