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Everything You Need to Know Before Installing a Skylight

Skylights can be a beautiful addition to any home. They provide natural light, enhance the aesthetics of your home, and can even improve your mood by increasing sunlight in your home. If you’ve been considering a skylight for your home, our team at United Contracting & Roofing wants to ensure that you have all the information you might need! Let’s explore the pros and cons of skylights, the expertise required for installation, and how we can help.

The Pros of Skylights:

Skylights bring in natural light, reducing the need for artificial lighting during the day. Modern skylights are designed to be energy efficient – they can help regulate indoor temperatures by allowing sunlight in during the winter and providing ventilation in the summer. A skylight can dramatically transform the aesthetics of a room, adding a touch of elegance and making small spaces appear larger. The increased natural light a skylight provides has been shown to have health benefits, including improved mood, increased productivity, and a regulated circadian rhythm which may lead to better sleep.

The Cons of Skylights:

If not installed correctly, skylights can be prone to leaks. A skylight can also cause unwanted heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter if not properly insulated.

The initial cost of purchasing and installing a skylight can be high. Skylights also require regular maintenance to ensure they remain clean and free of debris, which can be challenging depending on their accessibility. Most of the potential downsides of installing a skylight can be avoided with a proper installation and insulation job, which is why professional installation is crucial.

Expertise Is Required for Skylight Installation

Installing a skylight is not a DIY project. It requires precise measurements, careful planning, and skilled labor. Improper installation can lead to leaks, drafts, and structural damage. Installing a skylight properly requires several steps that are best approached by a team with experience. They’ll need to assess your roof to plan and design your skylight, cut the roof, properly frame the opening, install the skylight, and then complete exterior work to ensure that the project blends seamlessly into your home’s design.

Re-Roofing with Existing Skylights

If you’re re-roofing a house with existing skylights, it’s essential to work with professionals who have experience with this scenario. Improper handling can damage both the roof and the skylight. At United Contracting & Roofing, we have extensive experience with this exact situation. We will ensure that your skylights are properly integrated with your new roof, maintaining their functionality and aesthetic appeal.

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At United Contracting & Roofing, we have the skills and experience to ensure your skylight is installed correctly and seamlessly integrated into your roof. If you’re considering adding a skylight to your home, or if you need to replace a roof with existing skylights, we’re here to help. Contact us today for a free assessment of your roof home. We are here to help you make the best decision for your home!

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