Skylight installation involves major changes to your roof, and it only makes sense to weigh your options before committing to having one installed. Today, we discuss the pros and cons of installing a skylight.
The Pros of Skylights
Skylights offer the following advantages:
Natural lighting – Natural lighting through windows has many benefits, both aesthetic and practical. Skylights allow natural lighting to parts of the house where windows are not ideal. You can also take advantage of solar heating from direct sunlight or choose insulated glass to keep your home cool. You may also derive energy savings if the room is
Ventilation – While skylights are typically fixed windows, there are operable skylights that can be opened to allow ventilation. This lets you vent stale air from the room as well as take advantage of a cooling breeze during a summer day.
Aesthetic improvement – Skylights can make a room look and feel more spacious, thanks to the ample amount of natural light that it receives during the day. It can also provide a beautiful view — be it the sky, surrounding tree lines or even a skyline depending on the angle.
The Cons of Skylights
Like most types of home improvements, skylight installation is not without a few cons. However, it’s important to note that the following cons can be avoided by choosing the right products and working with professionals.
Heat loss – Single-pane glass costs less, but it can let heat escape from the room during the winter season. Improper installation can also cause heat leaks around the skylight. Choosing energy-efficient skylights and having them installed by a roof repair professional can help keep heat loss to a minimum.
Risk of injury from shattered glass – Every other type of window presents the risk of shattered glass falling into a room. You can reduce this risk by choosing laminated glass options.
Wrong placement can cause discomfort – Put a skylight in the wrong position, and you could end up with a harshly-lit room. This can be avoided by planning your skylight placement with a professional.
Pressure Point Roofing Eugene, LLC is your leading provider of skylight installation and roof maintenance services. Give us a call at (541) 320-7742. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Eugene and the surrounding communities in Oregon.