Skylights: Risk Versus Reward


Skylights can light up the darker parts of your home, and help keep places like your bathroom dry thanks to the extra sunlight

The allure of a skylight is obvious. The natural light they let into your home can completely change the look and feel of a particular room, and can help make you a happier, healthier person. Installing a skylight in your home does have a few disadvantages, though. If you’re planning a new roof and are thinking about installing a skylight, or you are replacing your roof and can’t decide if you want to replace or remove your skylight, here are a few things to consider.

Spend Less on Lighting

The natural light that a skylight lets into your home will help brighten up the room, allowing you to keep the lights off and the energy bills down. Natural light is also a well documented way to boost your mood and your productivity. Plus, sunlight is one of the best natural disinfectants. Mildew and mold needs 24-48 hours of moisture to begin to grow. The more sunlight let into rooms like basements and bathrooms makes it harder for moisture to sit for long periods of time. Skylights have roughly the same lifespan as your house’s shingles, so it’s best to replace both at the same time.

But More on Cooling

The downsides of skylights are worrying, but can be avoided. Unfortunately, skylights can leak. The skylights of today are far less likely to leak than older ones, and the risk can almost be completely done away with if the skylight is installed properly by a professional. Since skylights are made of glass, there is the potential for breaks. And much like adding windows to your home, skylights are not as effective as traditional roofing materials in terms of energy efficiency. This could lead to increased cooling costs in the summer, since the additional sunlight let into your home will help raise the temperature.

Schaefer Siding and Exteriors Can Solve Your Skylight Problems

Whether you want to get rid of a skylight or install one in your home, the professionals at Schaefer Siding and Exteriors can help. We’ve been installing siding, roofs, windows and garage doors in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia for nearly 40 years since 1977. We’re both VSI certified and a CertainTeed 5-Star Contractor for siding, CertainTeed 4-Star Contractor for roofing, and Certified ShingleMaster. Contact us today at 410-781-4028 or email us. You can also visit our website for more information. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

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