Do you have a dark and dreary space that you want to brighten up in your home? Consider adding a skylight which will add light plus an architectural feature. Bring more of the outdoors inside. Nowadays, there are many beautiful options off adding light by opening up your roof.
Here are some rooms to add a skylight:
- Living Room
- Kids’ Room
- Small Spaces
- Bonus Room
A roofing professional can work with you to determine which type of skylight to add to these types of roofs:
- Standard Roof
- Wood Shake
Types of Skylight Windows
Skylight windows are usually made with tempered or laminated glass that can withstand impact to protect your windows from falling debris. These are the basic types of skylights:
Fixed Skylights – Fixed skylights are typically leakproof, featuring a pane of glass that cannot be opened.
Manual Skylights – Manual vented skylights open with a crank or with an outward push.
Vented Skylights – open outward, similar to casement or awning windows to allow fresh airflow into your home. Vented skylight designs have greatly improved over the years, and today, they are virtually leakproof.
Electric Skylights – vented use an electric motor to open and close. A few models will automatically close at the first sign of rain.
Tubular Skylights – come with a built-in tunnel between your ceiling and the roof. (Conventional skylight windows need to have a tunnel or frame built between the ceiling and the roof.) Tubular skylights are installed using a shaft that starts at the roof and extends down through your home. Capturing sunlight on the rooftop, the tube redirects it down a highly reflective shaft, and diffuses it throughout the interior space.
A roof window is a unit designed for installation in-reach. The roof window sash can be pivoted so the homeowner can clean the exterior pane of glass from inside the home. Some larger roof window models meet building code requirements for egress (emergency escape). Many times, roof windows are installed in attics being used as living space. Skylights, on the other hand, are usually installed in “out-of-reach” applications and meet most building code requirements for testing and labeling.
How to Maintain Your Skylights
Skylights require little maintenance. Homeowners do not need to clean frequently. Occasionally check examine for cracks and other damage or debris.
It is very important that an experienced professional roof company install your skylight. If installed improperly, you can have a host of problems that could be costly to fix.
No. 1 Home Roofing is proud to be a GAF Certified Weather Stopper Roofing Contractor in Florida! No. 1 Home Roofing is a family owned and operated roofing company conveniently located on US Highway 19 in Palm Harbor, Florida. We are dedicated to providing top quality workmanship and materials to ensure that your new roof is done right. We specialize in shingle, tile, and flat roof installation, repairs, and maintenance. Contact us for an appointment and/or estimate at 727-781-7663.