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Thursday, February 11, 2010

How to Add a Skylight

      Dark, drab rooms can be quite unappealing.  When you have a beautiful home that is simply in need of a bit more light to help spruce things up, the addition of a skylight can be just what you are looking for.  Today we will take a look at just what it takes to install a skylight on your own.  For do it yourself types, this article will offer a step by step approach that will ensure that you get the job done right without the need to hire a contractor or building specialist to complete the task for you.

image When shopping for a skylight, consider the design of your home as well as the general temperature in your area.  Find a model that will enable you to still maintain energy efficiency.  You will also want to choose a light that looks good within the space and that allows light to flow where you want it.  Try to keep the light appropriately sized for the room in order to ensure that it blends well with the interior and adds to the visual appeal.  Once you have chosen a skylight as well as where you would like to place it, you are ready to get started.  You will want to gather all of your tools ahead of time and to mark the area where the light will be installed before you begin.

Once you have done this, you are ready to remove the ceiling and drywall to the area.  Ensure that you stick very carefully to the measurements, as skylights are prone to moisture leakage.  When the inside of the room has been cut, frame the area using lumber.  You can now cut the hole in your roof.  By using a plumb bob that hangs directly in the center of the hole inside the souse you can use it as a marker to help you make the perfect outside cut.  After framing the opening, you are ready to install the skylight.

During installation, it is important to read all of the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.  The reason for this is that each model is created differently.  Proper installation is mandatory in order to prevent leaks.  Pay special attention to roof flashing instructions and follow them carefully, as they will be the most important part of preventing moisture and leaks surrounding your new skylight.  Another excellent tip is to always ensure that the slope of your new skylight is designed for your area.  Ideally, this will be your latitude plus about ten degrees.  This will ensure that you receive more solar heat in the winter and less during the summer.

Installing a skylight can be very challenging, but a do it yourself type with a bit of skill and patience can certainly accomplish the task by themselves.  Take the time to read all instructions carefully and to choose both the light and slope that are right for your home.  Taking the time to make the right choices will not only ensure your overall satisfaction, but will help you get the most benefit from your new skylight.


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