4 Signs You Might Be Ready To Add Skylights


Just like doors and windows, skylights help connect you to the outdoors and brighten your abode with plenty of natural light, which increases your home's appeal and makes small rooms seem bigger. If your home does not currently have skylights, it may be time to install them and start enjoying all they have to offer. Take a look at these 4 signs you may be ready to add skylights to your roof.

You Have To Turn On Lights During The Day

Sure, you may need the lights on during the day if it's winter or the sky is overcast, or maybe you need a bright light to clearly see details during a project, but if you're turning on your lights regularly because certain rooms seem dim, you might benefit from a skylight. If your home is large or broad enough in design with too few or too small windows, your rooms can appear dim.

It's expensive to enlarge existing windows in your home or add a completely new window to a blank wall just to increase the light. However, a simpler and less expensive solution is to add a skylight onto the roof, which acts as a window to let in more light. You can place skylights in each room needing a little more light, allowing you to reduce electricity use during the daytime.

Your Rooms Seem Too Small

If you live in an older home, you may have certain rooms that are smaller than you'd like. Or if your home was remodeled to create several smaller rooms, there might not have been space for a traditionally sized window in the wall of each room.

If you're determined to stay put in your home, one way to add a feeling of space to those small rooms is by adding a skylight. A natural overhead light source illuminates small rooms and makes them feel bigger. Coupled with other clever design tricks like adding mirrors or decluttering, you can create the look and feel of more space.

You Want More Privacy

You may have a bedroom or bathroom with a traditional window that leaves you feeling exposed, especially if your home is very near to other homes. If you resort to adding blinds or other window coverings, this cuts the amount of natural light a room receives. Plus, those window coverings can get wet or moldy if they're in a bathroom.

Adding a skylight gives you the privacy you want in a bathroom or bedroom without sacrificing natural light. Also, a ventilating skylight allows you to let fresh air in a bathroom. Other features like filters and dimming options let you customize the type of light your bedroom receives.

You've Got The Space

Depending on your attic type, you may be more ready for skylights than you thought. An expert can check to make sure there are no major wires, plumbing fixtures or HVAC components to make installation difficult. To get around any of these objects, a flexible tubular skylight allows you to have a skylight in any room where attic obstructions are present. Also, skylights perform better in your roof if there are no tall trees, chimneys, or other roof structures nearby. These can block out much of the natural sunlight the skylight will accept.

The pattern and placement of rafters in your roof can affect how and where you can place a skylight. If you think you're ready to add skylights to your roof, a simple inspection by a roofing company, such as Stevens Roofing Corporation, is the first step toward adding more natural light, more privacy, a more open feeling to smaller rooms and more appeal to your home.


22 June 2017

The Benefits of a Flat Roof

My name is Janet, and I am a professional architect and interior designer. While I love to design and decorate homes, I have recently developed another passion. I have fallen in love with the flat roof. Most people only see flat roofs in tall buildings in urban areas, but suburban homes can have them too. You can have a roof with a living space, a garden or even a pool. You simply need to design it so that water is adequately drained, and you can enjoy your roof almost as if it were an extra room. Explore the possibilities of flat roofs with me.