If you’ve ever seen first-hand how much atmosphere a skylight can bring into a room, you’ve probably considered having one installed yourself. During summer, they illuminate the space, and during winter, they give you an exclusive viewpoint of the starry sky. It’s no wonder that they have featured in architecture for centuries.
Skylights: The Pros
As aesthetically pleasing as skylight windows are, they also provide additional function and benefits that you may not be aware of. You should also know all of the cost implications before you dive in head-first.
Skylights can provide a vent for fresh air to enter the room, which is great for certain areas of the house which are darker and where moisture can build up and needs to be circulated, like in a bathroom for instance. In hotter months, this can provide additional cooling and can aid in keeping utility bills down.
As well as ventilation, skylights provide extra illumination on areas which would usually be dark and dreary. It also adds aesthetic appeal to any room by providing a spotlight onto a showcase area, or a beautiful vista into the sky above.
Indirect Solar Energy
When installed adequately, a skylight in the right position can introduce additional indirect solar energy into your home. If fitted on the northern end of the house, a skylight can bring you pleasant warmth in the winter months, but should be kept shaded during summer time to prevent overheating.
Skylights: The Cons
While there are obviously advantages to having a skylight fitted, there are also drawbacks which you should be aware of before you commit to the undertaking.
Risk of Roof Damage
When you install a big skylight in your home, you risk compromising the structure of your roof. A truss roof is not an ideal roof for installing a skylight, but most standard roof frames can handle the addition of a skylight without risk of catastrophe.
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Risk of Interior Damage
Another risk that you undertake when you decide to install a skylight is the damage that it can have on the interior of your home. Too much sunlight exposure can have a bleaching effect on your curtains and furniture, so be sure to offset this by using low-impassivity glass. Furthermore, if something should go wrong during installation – or at any time – then your interior becomes vulnerable to the elements; roofs with skylights often leak during rainy times.
(See what we did there?) The costs involved in getting a skylight fitted are sky high. They also affect your utility bills, and can be expensive to maintain. They also cause long term damage to your property, a factor which can affect your home insurance premiums.
When warmer, sunnier months approach, the addition of a sunroof to let in a little more sunlights holds more and more appeal, but whether or not they are worth the trouble is worth a second thought. Armed with the knowledge covered here, you can make an informed decision as to whether installing one is the right move for you.