Skylights are more than a window to the open-world above. They can add a special touch to a kitchen, living room, or even a bedroom. However, too many people believe that the cons outweigh the pros.
We know, however, that we can debunk these silly skylight myths. I’ve installed a couple of them, and they’re pretty easy to install. One of my favorite experiences is watching the rain pitter-patter across the glass installation above me. An added bonus is that the skylight installation process is a breeze.
So, to restore the reputation of skylights, we’ve compiled a list of ridiculous beliefs surrounding them. The top 5 are listed and explained below.
Myth #1: Skylights Are Likely to Leak
As with most products or installations, it’s important to consider taking the proper steps. Any water damage to a roof can jeopardize the skylight. This water coming in isn’t because of the skylight.
Most of the time, leaks will start because of damage to other parts of the roof. In such a situation, you can pick up the phone for a quick water damage inspection.
Myth #2: It Takes a Lot of Work to Install a Skylight
This is bologna. Skylight installations are fast, simple, and hardly an inconvenience. Some companies can have them set up within a day, and it’s easy to install a skylight. You cut a hole in the roof and frame it, then cut back the roofing and attach the skylight. From there, you add the underlay to the shingles, the step flashing, and then the metal flashing, and you’re done.
Myth #3: Skylights Let in Too Much Sun
Sure, on bright and sunny days, some skylights might let too much light in. However, there are ways around this. I’ve added a special film to reduce brightness and UV passage through some of my previous installations. You can also try to add a blackout curtain using some command hooks to fasten it when using it.
Using natural light, skylights can be great fixtures to help brighten up your home
Myth #4: Skylights Are Only Useful During the Day
Wrong. There’s nothing like staring up at the stars from the comfort of a living room or kitchen. Also, they add a touch of luxury if there’s a contrast between the skylight and the paint on the ceiling.
Myth #5: Skylights Can Overheat Your Home
This is such a common misconception. It all depends on where it’s installed in a home. Most companies suggest the north-facing roof. Also, there are thermal windows that keep inside temperatures isolated and reduce the impact that external weather might have.
5 Myths About Skylights FAQs
How Much Does it Cost to Install a Skylight?
High-quality skylights retail for $200 to $500, however, we also have to consider manual labor. This is generally between $400 and $1300, depending on the complexity of the given home.
Are Skylights Dangerous?
When they’re properly installed, no. However, as with most things, improper installation or negligence can make anything somewhat dangerous. We always have to make sure to hire legitimate professionals, or else you run the risk of an accident.
Where Should Skylights be Placed?
Most people place them on the north-face of most homes. However, they can sit above almost any room in the house.
What are the major classes of skylights?
There are three main classes for skylights:
- Ventilating Skylight – may be opened to allow air to pass through. Ventilating skylights are often used in kitchens and bathrooms to remove excess moisture and keep good airflow.
- Fixed Skylight – this type of skylight is only intended to allow extra light for the room/ house.
- Tubular Skylight – this type of skylight is usually small and is used for hallways or small rooms where traditional skylights won’t easily fit.
Can the skylight be opened for ventilation?
If you are looking for skylights that can be opened, you should try installing ventilating skylights. This type of skylight can be opened whenever you need to release excess moisture in the room or if you want to let air in.
What material is perfect for a flat roof skylight?
When installing a flat roof skylight, there is no perfect material. The different materials used for skylights each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the material to be used depends on your house’s location and the design that you want. Usually, contractors who install skylights will give you their recommendations for your house.