06 Nov Home Improvements – Skylights
5 Things you should ask yourself before installing a skylight
Skylights are a great way to add natural lighting to a dark space and ventilation to a humid room. But before you install one (or several), you should ask yourself these important questions before proceeding with this serious undertaking.
Which room do you want your skylight to be in? The most common rooms for skylights are bathrooms, hallways, closets, attics, and kitchens. Whichever room you choose, you’ll want to consider UV-blocking glass to prevent your carpeting, furnishing, and cabinets from fading.
Which direction do you want your skylight to face? The direction your skylight faces will determine how it affects your space. If it faces east, you’ll get most of the light and warmth in the morning. Face west and you’ll get warmth and sun in the afternoon. If it’s facing north, you’ll get constant but cool sunlight. Face south and you’ll feel a lot of heat coming from the sun.
How big do you want it to be? Sizing your skylight is a big step. Industry standards recommend that a skylight be 5 to 10 percent of the floor area of the room. You can even install two smaller skylights instead of one larger one depending on the configuration of your space.
What type of skylight do you want? There are three common types of skylights: fixed, vented, and tubular. If you opt for a vented skylight, some control options include a crank handle, telescopic pole, or wireless remote. Tubular skylights are a great option if you’ve got a small room, plus they’re more affordable than a larger, fixed skylight.
Can you afford it? Not only do you have to think about the cost of materials, you have to consider the cost of installation and labour as well. Installing a skylight is a complicated project and you’ll need a professional to get it done properly so you don’t have to worry about leaks or damages to your house. If you want additional features such as shading and UV coating, you’ll have to add that to your overall costs too. The good news is that skylights typically increase the value of a home and the project doesn’t cost as much as other major upgrades.
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