The Benefits of Skylights in Your Home

The Benefits of Skylights in Your Home

Have you ever walked into a room and had the feeling that it is both comfortable and inviting? You can’t figure out why, but you are drawn to that room, and because of it, you choose to spend most of your time there? The next time that happens, look around. You will probably find that your sense of well-being stems from the natural light that floods into the room. One of the most popular ways to introduce light into your home is by way of skylights.

What Is A Skylight?

A skylight is a window set in the roof at the same angle as the ceiling. This window’s purpose is not to provide a view, but to allow natural sunlight to shine into the room.

The Benefits of Skylights

There are numerous benefits to being surrounded by natural light. Installing a skylight in your home or business will not only change the aesthetics of the room but the atmosphere as well. Let’s have a look at a few benefits of skylights:

  • Skylights increase the amount of natural light in a room, which makes even the smallest room look bigger.
  • You will find yourself using less electric lighting and your utility bill will decrease.
  • They are a huge selling point for potential home buyers; natural light is a must.
  • They light up dark spaces that cannot access natural light, such as dark hallways or bathrooms in the middle of the house that don’t have windows.
  • They come in various shapes and sizes.
  • When skylights are installed in work and school environments, you find happier, healthier, and more productive employees and students. Even shoppers in malls with skylights tend to hang out longer and as a result, shop more.
  • Properly designed tempered glass skylights, with low-emissivity (low-E) coating, are cooler than electric lights, screening out 99 percent of the sun’s heat and ultraviolet (UV) rays while providing excellent lighting.
  • You decrease your carbon footprint. Installing skylights is better for the environment; no artificial light can compare to the quality of natural light.
  • The natural sunlight that a skylight provides is good for your health. It is known to reduce stress and anxiety by providing your body and mind with much needed Vitamin D3, which can only be synthesized by your body absorbing some rays.

Why Must A Roofing Contractor Install Your Skylight?

All the benefits of a skylight won’t matter if it is not professionally installed and maintained by a roofing contractor specializing in skylights. These contractors will know how to:

  • Install the skylight without compromising the roof, keeping the structural integrity of the roof and building intact.
  • Seal the skylight properly, it must be leak-proof during even the heaviest of rains.
  • Use the glass specially designed to withstand impact. If the skylight does not have double glazing (the second layer of tempered glass) then it is not up to current code regulations.
  • Explain the costs involved to install and maintain the skylight. Skylights need regular wear-and-tear maintenance. A leaking skylight, depending on the severity, can cause major damage to your furniture and floors.
  • Meet all the relevant building codes in regard to windows and doors.

Do you want the rooms in your home warm and inviting? Do you want to lighten darker areas of your home naturally? Do you want to decrease your carbon footprint? A skylight is an answer. Daylight Skylights is a name you can trust, since they have been in the roofing business for over 35 years. Give them a call today for genuine, reliable advice and a free estimate, and see how they can transform your home today.


Installing a Skylight in Your Roof

Skylights let natural light stream into your home, bringing warmth and a feeling of spaciousness. When properly selected and used, they can reduce your need for electric lighting and minimize your heating and cooling costs. There are also health benefits to this wonderful sunlight that shines on us. 

If you lack sufficient sunlight on your skin, you will suffer health effects. That is because the human body was designed to be exposed to sunlight on a frequent basis. We evolved, after all, under the natural sun, not under fluorescent lighting. Our environment was one with plentiful sunlight.

Skylights can provide up to 30% more natural light than vertical windows while making a small space seem bigger.

A skylight is like a window which has been placed in your roof. It has a frame specially designed to withstand rain and prevent leakage from rain and snow. To maximize a skylight’s use of natural light to illuminate a room or its passive solar heating potential, you will want to take into consideration how a skylight is positioned.

We have found many ways of introducing light into our houses and homes. These range from complete conservatories made from glass in a narrow framework, through custom built, atrium roofing sections, to smaller fixed or opening windows fitted into an existing roof.

No matter how much light you want indoors, it is important to know how to go about it. Some skylights require relatively inexpensive and small-scale installation work; others involve large-scale, tailored fabrication and design work. Although planning permission may not be required, the work should comply with the building regulations, so consult your local buildings regulator.

A skylight is a great way to let heat, light, and air into a room. The addition of roofing lights can effectively turn a roof into a grid running between the squares of light.

Opening roof windows solve ventilation and sunlight problems associated with the average building. Particularly in the case of attic conversions where standard windows are not an option, an opening skylight turns a roof cavity into a useful and pleasurable space.

Always consider ceiling geometry when you are thinking about skylights. Narrow shapes running down to the line of the eaves create the effect of slots of light internally. When all the surfaces are plastered and painted, the skylight looks even more attractive.

Installing a skylight

A skylight is a fantastic way to let light and heat into dreary rooms. Putting in a skylight, especially if the shape of the ceiling mimics the slope of the roof, is certainly not beyond the capability of the average DIY hobbyist.

First, decide how large a skylight you want; two, three or four smaller windows might be better than a large one. Discuss through your needs with manufacturers or suppliers. When it arrives, carefully read the installation instructions. Bear in mind that you are going to put a hole in your roof, which could let in the rain if there is a hold up because you don’t know exactly how the unit should be fitted or there’s a few parts missing. Have tarpaulin and e ropes to hand, in case.

Drive a large nail into the ceiling where the skylight is to go. Wearing shoes with good grip is essential. Climb onto the roof and locate the desired position and remove the roof slates. The skylight must not interfere with a ceiling hanger or a purlin.

Cut the tiling battens and mark out the frame size that will hold the skylight. Cut the rafters and put in trimmers in compliance with the manufacturer’s directions. Look out for any wiring or cables. Cut away the plaster with a saw and take the skylight from its box and remove the flashings and trims.

Mark the position of the skylight on the ceiling and make Sure that one side of it fits next to a ceiling joist. Drive a large nail through its middle. Remove the tiles and keep them close by. Cut the battens with a circular saw or a handsaw and then cut the rafters until they are trimmed correctly. Frame joints must be well nailed – use a minimum of four 90 mm nails in each case.

Before sawing the hole in the plasterboard, cut deeply into the sheet from underneath with a knife. This will lessen the likelihood of the lining paper tearing. If you have made the opening the correct size, the brackets of the sides of the skylight should stand on the framing members.

Stand the frame in the recommended position and fix it to the rafters and trimmers using brackets which should be provided. It must be level across the roof at both ends.

Fit the bottom flashing, bending it to follow the contours of the tiles. Fit the side flashings, the top flashing and so on. Refit the tiles around the skylight. You could use tile cutters, or a carborundum wheel fixed in your circular saw for this. (If the latter is used, make sure you wear goggles and long protective clothing.) If you have followed the steps correctly, the room below will not become water damaged. Read the manufacturer’s guidelines carefully, then position the roof window and, after double checking it is correct, temporarily fix it to one of the rafters.

Use a spirit level to check that the skylight is flat. If it is not, pack it up on the low side and then, using screws or nails, fasten it tightly into position.

The flashings are very important, they are there to stop leaks and water damage developing between the skylight and the roof covering. They must be installed correctly and without damage. When you are fitting the flashings to the roof slates, a wood block can be used for beating the metal into position. Do this until it fits the contours of the slates exactly. When fitting the side and top flashings, proceed carefully. Check each step.

The final step to the exterior is to replace the roof slates. This will involve cutting. Once the job is done, be sure to clear away all the debris that could block the downpipes. Measure the exposed area between the edge of the skylight and the ceiling and cut the plasterboard to suit. Nail the plasterboard into place, using plasterboard nails. Metal corner angle joints strengthen the join and give a precise line to work on when you are plastering. Cut them with a hacksaw and nail them in place. Using a mortar trowel, apply the cement in separate layers, each one getting wider and wider. Make sure that you smooth each of the joints away to nothing.

Plastering

Measure and mark the sections as required. Make sure the top side (unmarked) faces outwards. With a sharp knife, cut deeply along the edge. Turn the board over and, holding one side in your hand, give the sheet a thump with your fist. This should cause the sheet to bend and break. Using a sharp knife, cut along the edge on the back of the sheet. This will ensure that the lining paper does not get ripped. Cut and fix plasterboard around the skylight. Cut and fix the metal angles that strengthen the corners. Plaster the corners. Sand, dry, prime and paint them.

Job done!

If you are considering a skylight in your attic or roof, contact a professional skylight installer and get some good advice on all aspects to take into consideration. Daylight Skylights is a professional company with over 35 years’ experience of skylight installations.


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