If homeowners wish to create a unique look in the home, skylights can offer a great deal of appeal. Many homeowners attest to how natural light enhances the room that has a skylight installed. However, these windows to the sky do more than increase the illumination within the room. These units can also play a role in creating curb appeal when it comes time to sell the property. Installing a skylight is quite an involved process, which is why many homeowners will turn to Essex County roofers to help with the addition.
Not every area of the home can support the installation of a skylight. There are several variables that need to be considered before the process can begin. Supporting beams, outdoor objects over the property and initial development of the ceiling are only some of the obstacles that need to be addressed. Reinforcement of the rafters may be necessary depending on where the skylight is to be installed. An initial assessment of the roof will help determine if construction is feasible or not.
In the event that a home has an attic space below the roof, skylights can be installed using what's called a "chase.
The roofing contractors from All Professional Remodeling of Essex County can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, windows or gutters.
" This is a framed tunnel that leads from the roof to the ceiling leaving the attic area intact. These are usually more expensive to install because of the extensive work that needs to go into building a chase. Framing, drywall, painting and more may need to be done in order for the skylight to look aesthetically pleasing from inside the home.
Many homes have HVAC, wiring, plumbing and more installed within the attic space. This can cause issues when installing a skylight in a specific location. If there are obstructions in the path, these will need to be moved out of the way. Depending on the object, it may not be possible to install a skylight in a specific area of the home. For example, some air conditioning units are set in a specific location within the attic. It could cost a great deal of money to have these appliances reinstalled elsewhere.
When deciding on the type of window to use for the skylight, never underestimate the value of UV protection. Ultraviolet light can cause colors to fade in paint and carpeting. It can cause damage to various surfaces such as wood. It's also possible to suffer personal injury from UV exposure by standing too long in the direct light from the sun. Coatings are usually available such as protecting films that cover the windows.