What to Consider Before Installing New Skylights

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Skylights are a good tool to brighten up a dark home, but they are not right for everyone. As you consider installing a new skylight, there are some important considerations to think through before taking the plunge.

Heat Gain: Skylight Slope and Material

Slope refers to the angle of your roof. Slope can affect heat gain, making your house hot in the summer months and driving up your energy bills. To avoid unwanted heat gain, place skylights on a slope that is 5 to 15 degrees above your current latitude.


How to Maintain Your Skylights

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Skylights increase the amount of natural light that floods into your home, which can boost your mood. The right maintenance can keep your skylights looking as good as new to capture every ray of light.

Skylight Frame

Most skylights have a wooden frame that is either natural wood or pre-painted. Either finish may be safely cleaned using a regular household cleaner. Dust and clean the frame whenever you complete other household chores. Every four to five years, treat the wood by removing the existing paint or varnish and applying a fresh coat.


Top Concerns When Installing Skylights and How to Combat Them

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While skylights can be a great way to brighten a dark home, there are downsides. When skylights are installed or maintained incorrectly, they cause a range of problems. Discover the top concerns with improperly installed skylights and how to avoid them.

1. They let in too much light

If your home is a cave, you might be confused as to how too much light can be a problem. High levels of light beam UV rays into the home. These cause furniture fading. Light can create glares and cause the home to heat unevenly. If it feels like you’re in a sauna needing sunglasses to see, the skylight is in the wrong place. The best choice for skylight installation is a shady area that does not receive much natural light.


A Walk Through the History of Skylights

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The concept of opening up the roof to let in more light is nothing new. If you look back to Ancient Rome, the Pantheon shows that architects were interested in using natural top lighting to let in more light. Today on the blog, take a walk through the history of skylights.

Ancient Rome

While the Pantheon may be the most famous example of top lighting from ancient Roman times, there were several other instances of top lighting within buildings. Glass was not widely used at the time, so these were open portals. The Venetian glassblowers do deserve credit for fashioning clear glass that could be used in windows.


What to Do if You Have a Leaky Skylight?

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If your skylight is leaking, you need to work fast to prevent damage to the home. Here are five steps to take if you notice your skylight is leaking.

1. Verify it’s a leak, not condensation

Condensation can be similar to a leak, but is harmless. Verify that it’s actually a leak, not condensation. Condensation is likely when it’s a humid environment and may be reduced by using a dehumidifier. […]

Best Way to Clean Your Skylights

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A dirty skylight lets less light into the home than a clean skylight. Find out the best way to clean skylights so you can enjoy a well-lit home.

Know Safety Basics

Since skylights are installed out of reach, you’ll need a ladder to reach them. Take care when working from heights and use safety equipment to reduce the risk.

Before cleaning, read the instructions on any cleaning products you use, as well as any safety instructions for other equipment.


Can Installing Skylights Save You Money?

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Skylights are one of the best ways to brighten up a home that’s low on natural light, but one of the first questions most people have is “how much will this cost?” While skylights do have an upfront cost you’ll need to budget for, in many cases they often save you money over their lifetime.

How Skylights Save Money

Skylights aren’t guaranteed to save you money, but they can save you money if you understand how to position them and how to use them to reduce energy expenses. […]

How Do I Choose the Right Contractor?

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One of the most important decisions you will make is selecting a contractor for home repair projects. Since most roofing systems last 20 years or more, homeowners may not need a roofer as often as they’d need a plumber, so they may not have someone in mind when the roof develops a problem. Here’s how we recommend approaching the search for a roofing contractor.

Do Your Research

Even if you haven’t used a roofer, odds are someone you know has. Ask friends and neighbors for their recommendations. Social media apps such as Nextdoor or Facebook allow you to ask for recommendations, so those are good places to try.

Look for Red Flags

We’ve all heard stories of the roofing company that blew into town on the coattails of a big storm, offering cheap roofing work only to skip out once they were paid without doing the work. Be on the lookout for red flags when […]

Best Skylight Covering Options

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Skylights brighten your home by allowing more natural light to come in, but sometimes the level of light can be too intense. During winter months, chilly air can leak in through the skylight while in the summertime, the extra heat can be unwanted. Skylight covering options provide the best of both worlds by allowing you to block light when you don’t want it. See below for some of our favorite skylight covering options.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades have a signature honeycomb design that prevents solar heat from entering the home. This keeps your house cooler during summer months; in winter, when you want extra solar gain, you can leave the blinds open. If your primary concern is insulation, this is the best type of […]

How to Prevent Heat Loss From Your Skylight During the Winter

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While skylights will increase the level of light in your home, they can lead to heat loss in wintertime. Learn how to reduce or prevent heat loss from skylights to conserve energy this winter.

Skylight Selection

Existing skylights probably suffer from energy loss, but the newest generation of skylights is more efficient. Replacing old skylights can reduce […]