If you’re interested in having new skylights in your home or office, you’re not alone. Many people opt for skylights for the abundance of natural lighting that filters into the room. Skylights add a new dimension to rooms and they can be very inviting.
But installing skylights is not an easy job and it takes some guidance and direction if this is your first time. It’s important to understand the challenges of installing skylights before you undertake such a project. Precise measurement, crawling into tiny attic or crawl spaces, and ensuring that the surrounding roof is not damaged are just the beginning.
One of the most important aspects of installing skylights is to ensure that the roof is not damaged in any way from the process. Skylights that are more 48 inches square can be even more difficult to install, and in these situations, you may want to consider hiring a professional contractor for the work. Larger skylights are cumbersome to handle due to their weight and actual size. Trained professionals have special equipment to help with the process.
If you’re still considering your own installation, then be prepared for some heavy work and heavy lifting. Installing a skylight begins with a trip up on the roof and this in itself can be a dangerous proposition for many people. Be sure to exercise caution in every way when it comes to climbing on your roof. Use a sturdy, steady ladder and make sure you wear rubber-soled shoes to avoid slipping. It’s also a good idea to wear gloves to protect your hands. Keep in mind that the roof may be hot and don’t be caught off-guard by the heat.
Other safety precautions for working on the roof should be undertaken. Don’t try to carry a heavy load of materials all at once up the ladder. Break it down into smaller loads to avoid injury or worse. Attach a strip of lumber to the roof to help keep your feet steady. Working on the roof is a little tricky and can be very dangerous if you’re not prepared.
Installing skylights requires a lot of materials and equipment. For example, you’ll need a hammer, nails, circular saw, reciprocating saw, and many other tools. You’ll also need the framing lumber, metal flashing, caulking, and roofing materials along with other materials. Using the proper equipment and tools will help ensure that the skylight and surrounding roof area do not leak once the job is complete.
But don’t just consider the roof. There is also the attic, crawl space, sheetrock, or other layers of material that must be managed. You can’t simply cut a hole in the roof and set the skylight. The job is much more complex and time-consuming that you probably imagine. And being able to cut holes the proper size for the skylight is just the beginning.
If installing skylights sounds a little complicated and causes you to pause in thought, then you probably need to consult a professional contractor to help you. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when tackling a home improvement project this large. Once you have the skylight installed, it will be well worth the trouble and expense.