If you’re looking for a way to make your home a little brighter without just throwing more and more lamps into a room, a skylight may be a great way to accomplish this. However, adding a skylight to your home isn’t always easy. So before you go too far down this road, here are three things to consider before putting in a skylight.
Pick The Right Materials
When deciding if a skylight is going to be the right option for your home or building, you should first educate yourself on what materials are available and which of those materials might be right for your potential skylight.
Generally, you can choose from skylights that are either glazed glass or glazed plastic. With a glass skylight, you’re going to be paying more for the materials but will have an overall clearer and better product. But with the plastic skylight, you’ll be saving money on the materials and installation as well as having a product that is less likely to break than glass. So depending on what you valve and what risks you’re willing to take, your chosen materials for a skylight will vary.
Prepare For The Weather
Another thing that you’ll need to consider when putting in a skylight is the weather.
First of all, you may not want to go through the trouble of putting in a skylight if you live in an area that doesn’t get a lot of natural sunlight. All of your effort might be for naught. But if you do decide to put in a skylight, you’ll want to try to plan your installation around a time when there won’t be any rain, as having rain take place when you’re trying to put the skylight in can cause you some major problems. In fact, if moisture gets into the skylight during the installation process, you could have issues with mold or mildew from there on out.
Think Before Choosing A Venting Unit
When choosing which type of skylight unit you want to install in your home or building, you might be tempted to choose one that you’re able to open up like a normal window. But while this venting option can be enticing, many people who choose this type of skylight don’t actually open it very often. So if choosing a vented skylight is going to cost you a lot more or be a more complicated process to install, you might want to think long and hard about how often you would open it and how easily you’d even be able to access it.
If you’re thinking that you’d like to install a skylight in your property, consider using the tips mentioned above to ensure that you’ve really thought through what this could entail.