1. The Location – Determining the location of the skylight is dependent upon the framing of your home’s roof. Some structural roof beams are critical to the support of your home and cannot be cut to fit a skylight. Sometimes this can affect the placement of a skylight in a room. During our in-home consultation, our technicians inspect the attic and framing of your roof to determine the ideal location for your new skylight.
2. The Roof – The type of roof you have can effect the installation of a skylight from design, lead times, and even the price. The pitch is the first thing to consider; is my roof flat or pitched? Flat roofs need skylights that are designed with a pitch to help water runoff, and steep roofs bring additional costs associated with safety precautions like scaffolding and increased man-power. Your roof type can also effect the price of a project. Cutting and notching decorative Spanish tile is more labor intensive than asphalt shingles.
3. The Ceiling – What kind of ceiling do you have? Drywall or Plaster? Is it flat or a cathedral ceiling? Is there attic space above the room? These are all important factors to consider when installing a skylight. A cathedral ceiling with a tongue and groove roof deck and exposed beams is a lot simpler to install a skylight in than a room with drywall or plaster walls and with attic space above, where a skylight chute must be constructed and finished.
4. The Size – What size skylight is right for my home? This depends on several factors like the size of your room and how much light you need to let in to brighten it up. A rule of thumb is the larger the skylight, the more light it lets in. Small rooms like a walk-in closet or pantry can be sufficiently lit with a solar tube, while larger/darker rooms need a traditional skylight. Other factors like the space between the ceiling and roof rafters can help us determine the right size skylight to custom fit your home.
5. The Skylight – What kind of skylight do you want? The size and the pitch of your roof can narrow down construction parameters, but there are still important design options to choose from. Do you want a glass skylight where you can look out and see the sky? Or a dome with an translucent finish that diffuses the light? If energy efficiency is a concern then you can select high-end glass with a tint that blocks UV light or a venting skylight to help circulate hot air trapped in your ceiling. We can offer you a full line of blinds and skylight accessories, including premium Velux options!