Skylights are a great way to brighten a dark room in your home. They are often excellent additions to kitchens, bathrooms and living areas. To select the best skylight for your home there are a few items you may want to consider such as the space you will be lighting, the types of skylights available, the structure of your home and finding a trusted professional to do the work.
First, let’s consider the space you are looking at brightening with natural light. Is this a room that can be bright early in the morning such as a kitchen? Or is it a room that may need to be darkened in the wee morning hours or early evening such as a bedroom? The good news is there are daylighting products to fit each of those needs. Kitchens, living areas and bathrooms can easily benefit from a traditional skylight or tubular daylighting system. For bedrooms, it is best to choose a skylight with dimmable glass or a tubular skylight with a mechanical dimmer that can be easily controlled by you. One issue that does seem to come up with bathroom skylights is condensation, so make sure you have adequate ventilation. Solatube makes a Solatube Daylighting System with a Vent specifically for bathrooms to solve this problem.
Second, look at the structure of your home. Typically, skylights can only be installed in a room that sits directly below the roof or below an unfinished attic space. Even though the attic space may be unfinished, you will still need to check for other impediments like air conditioning and heating units or water and gas lines. What kind of roofing material do you have? It is a composition roof, metal, flat, wood shake or tile? Your roof type may impact your skylight options or the type of flashing or mount the installer will have to use.
Once you are ready to make a decision, it is best to do a little homework with regard to who you will purchase the skylight from and who will do the work of installing it for you. If you can find a company that specializes in skylights and carries a high quality product, that may be your most trusted and most affordable option. Some skylights, especially tubular skylights, can be installed by you, as a Do-It-Yourself kit (like Solatube DIY Kits).
However, keep in mind that the time and effort you will need to put into installing a skylight by yourself may void your warranty and just may not be worth it in the end. Professionals are often able to install your skylight in one day or even just a couple of hours! Check out the company’s web site, online reviews and the manufacturer web sites of the brands they carry. This will help you select a reputable company that carries a superior line of products.
After you have made your selection, get your skylight installed, then sit back and enjoy the natural light!