Skylight Windows: The Pros and Cons

Skylight Windows: The Pros and Cons

It’s undeniable that a skylight brings a special kind of atmosphere into a room. Not only do skylights add natural light to a room during the summer season, but they also give an exclusive viewpoint of the falling snow and starry sky during the winter season.

And, if you’ve ever seen first-hand the beauty that a skylight brings to a room, you are probably not surprised that these have featured in architecture for centuries. This is why people are ready to pay the extra money to have them installed in their homes, regardless of the potential problems that skylights are prone to.

Before you commit to having a skylight installed, consider all the pros and cons that come with it:

Skylight Windows: The Pros

As stated above, skylight windows are aesthetically pleasing, can change the whole appearance of a room and can provide a beautiful view of the sky. But skylight windows are not limited to only those benefits, they also provide additional functionality and benefits that you may not even be aware of. And to make an informed decision it would be good to know more about those benefits before looking at the cons and the cost implications of having one installed.

1. They Offer Better Ventilation

Venting skylight windows can provide fresh air to a room and are perfect for certain areas of your house that tend to be darker or in those rooms where moisture builds up and needs to be circulated. An example of such a room would be the bathroom.

In warmer months, a venting skylight can provide additional, natural cooling and can help in lowering your utility bills.

2. They Increase Natural Lighting in the House

In addition to offering better ventilation, skylight windows also provide extra lighting and are perfect in areas of the house that are usually dark and dreary. The light that it allows in interior rooms that otherwise don’t get light adds aesthetic appeal. This can be done by installing it in an area of the room where it can provide a spotlight onto a showcase area, or a beautiful vista into the sky above.

3. They Can Give Indirect Solar Heating

When installed adequately and in the proper place in your home, a skylight can introduce additional indirect solar energy into your house. Moreover, if installed on the northern side of your home, it can bring you pleasant warmth in the winter month while if installed on the southern end of the house can provide indirect solar heat in the winter.

Skylight Windows: The Cons

Now that you are aware of the benefits conferred by the installation of skylight windows, let’s look at the cons. While there are several advantages to having a skylight fitted, there are just as many drawbacks which we believe you should be aware of before you dive in head-first. We’ve included those because we not only want to help you make an informed decision, but we also don’t want to you be unpleasantly surprised by the ongoing costs involved with the installation of one.

1. Roof Damage Risk

The installation of a large skylight in your home could potentially compromise the structure of your roof. You run this risk especially if you have a truss roof. If you don’t know what it is, talk to an experienced roof installer. Because it is not easy to modify a truss roof, it would be better to skip skylights altogether. On the other hand, if you have a standard roof frame you can go ahead with the fitting of the windows.

2. Risk of Interior Damage

Skylights can cause interior damage in three ways. Firstly, it can damage your furniture, curtains, carpet, and floors because of the extra light that’s entering through the window. Secondly, the furniture and floor can be damaged by water because of roof leaks. Finally, if the installation is not done properly, the skylight will become a hazard to you and your family as it can fail at any moment.

3. Expensive Installation and High Overheads

The cost involved in getting a skylight fitted is not the only thing that’s sky-high. This type of window is expensive to maintain and will also affect your utility bills. Besides, they can gradually create wear and tear in your house leading to even more expenses.

Takeaway

If you ask us, we are all for window skylights. We believe it is worth the investment as long as the installation and maintenance are done properly. So, now that you are ready to commit to the undertaking, remember to start by contacting an experienced roofing contractor to find out what kinds of costs you are looking at. This will enable you to budget accordingly.

Also, do not hesitate to ask for feedback from their previous clients to ensure that they know what they are doing and that you get only the highest quality of service.


Corrugated Roofing: What Is It and Why You Should Get It

What is corrugated roofing?

A type of roofing, corrugated roofing is made of corrugated roof sheets that come in plastic or metal. These types are sheets differ from other sheets in the way their surface is designed. Instead of being flat, the sheet has an undulating and ridged surface. Additionally, the sheets are not haphazardly placed over one another. In fact, each sheet has a slim lap that overlaps with a flat lap and is overlapped while taking the wind direction into account.

Traditionally made of iron, copper, aluminum, and steel, corrugated roofing is mostly used in commercial, industrial, and farming settings. However, in recent years a trend has emerged to install this type of roofing for homes as well. More and more residential homeowners wanting metal corrugated roofing has increased the demand for the product. And it comes as no surprise, considering all the benefits it confers on homeowners.

1. Corrugated aluminum roofing

Corrugated aluminum roofing offers both value and quality, is durable and rust resistant. It doesn’t require additional coating and can be painted a wide range of colors.

2. Corrugated steel roofing

Corrugated steel roofing has a natural gray finish to it that may look drab on a residential home. While it may work on certain designs, it is an expensive alternative that won’t necessarily blend well with others. Additionally, it is harder to change the initial color of the material.

3. Corrugated copper roofing

Corrugated copper roofing is most of the time avoided by residential homeowners because of the hefty price tag that accompanies it. While it is easy to install and is naturally resistant to rust, other options come with the same benefits but at a cheaper cost.

Why install corrugated roofing for your house?

The properties and signature shape of a corrugated metal roof can give your home added protection. Durable, resistant to extreme weather, yet lightweight, corrugated metal roofs are the perfect choice for many construction projects.

1. Corrugated roofing has a long lifespan.

Metal characteristics allow for metal roofs to last for a long time. While average quality, flat metal roofs usually last for about 30 years, corrugated metal sheets can last for over 50 years on average. This is thanks to its shape, which makes it less prone to corrosion.

Recent advances in technology, such as galvanizing, has upgraded this metal roofing from simple sheets to a corrosion-resistant and rust-resistant material that is highly sought-after.  

2. Corrugated roofing is durable.

The rippled surface of corrugated sheets creates a larger surface that has increased durability. This type of roofing can, hence, withstand impacts from large objects that fall may fall on it. These include impacts from pebbles and branches.

It may be hard to believe, but even lightweight materials that are usually considered to be flimsy, such as aluminum, can become sturdy. All thanks to the shape and positioning of the sheets!

3. Corrugated roofing offers excellent weather protection.

Corrugated metal panels are able to withstand extreme weather conditions. Whether it is hail and snow, heat waves, hurricanes, this type of metal roof is highly resistant to harsh weather.

Metal rooftops also now have fire-resistant properties that make them non-combustible.

Installing a corrugated rooftop

Installing this type of roof can be a fun Do-It-Yourself project that you can complete with a friend or family member. Below is a list of tools you will need for the installation:

  1. Gloves
  2. Safety goggles
  3. Measuring tape
  4. Hammer
  5. Cement (especially for meant for the roof)
  6. Nails
  7. Screwdriver
  8. Washers and wood screws
  9. Roofing felt
  10. Staples
  11. Staple gun
  12. Metal panels
  13. Polyurethane sealant
  14. Ridge peak

You are now ready to start installing the corrugated sheets.

1. Get all measurements right

Start by measuring the width, length, peak, and slope of the roof.  

2. Install the purlins

Install the purlins on the roof and ensure that they are equally spaced.

3. Purchase and cut the panels

You will need more panels than the dimensions you got when measuring the roof. This is simply because the sheets will overlap. Buy the corrugated roof panels and cut them to the length of the roof by using circular saws, tin snips, and angle grinders.  

4. Drill holes in the sheets

Before even placing the sheets over the roof, drill holes in them vertically and have the hole be around 6 to 8 inches apart.

5. Installation of the sheets

Place the panels on the purlins in an up and down pattern.

6. Seal the panels

Seal the panels with water-resistant sealant.

7. Screw the corrugated sheets in place

Fasten the panels to the purlins using a polycarbonate washer for the screw. Repeat until you’ve affixed all the screws. You can now add the side ridge flashing, headwall connector flashing, and ridge cap if necessary.


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