Is hiring a professional roofer to install new skylights wiser than hiring a handyman or trying to do it yourself? For most homeowners, the answer is a resounding yes.
Skylights are a great way to brighten up a dark room, and if you chose a skylight that opens, it can add ventilation too. However, installing a skylight is no easy task. Without the proper skills, installation could end up causing costly and damaging roof leaks.
Choosing the Right Skylights for Your Home
Have you shopped for skylights? These days, many options are available — but not all of them may be suitable for your roof.
Weathertightness, wind resistance, ventilation and energy efficiency are factors that you will want to consider when choosing a skylight. In addition, you need to think about size and shape. Can your rooftop handle a large, flat model that opens? Or would a smaller sun tunnel be a better option?
Skylights can work with just about any roofing material and rooftop configuration, but determining which types and sizes are best can be a challenge. Advice from a professional roofer can help make sure you will be satisfied with your skylight choice.
Placing Skylights Can Be Tricky
You can’t install a skylight on any random flat or sloped section of roofing. Placement must be carefully planned in order to avoid damage.
To find the right rooftop spot for a skylight, you need to determine where your home’s rafters are. You’ll also need to consider the location of your rooftop obstructions and additions — chimneys, vents, solar panels and other attachments can affect the stability of the roof structure.
In addition, depending on the age and condition of your roofing materials, some areas may be too fragile for skylight installation.
To ensure that your skylights are placed correctly, the wisest approach is to hire a professional roofer.
Improper Skylight Installation Can Weaken Your Roof
Do-it-yourself skylight installation is certainly possible — a simple internet search reveals countless videos and tips on completing the project.
However, no professional roofer or structural engineer would recommend tackling the job without expert help. The smallest error could make your roof weaker, potentially leading to thousands of dollars in damage.
Installing a skylight isn’t as simple as cutting a hole in the roof and popping in a window. The flashing must be correctly installed and the joints must be properly sealed. Otherwise, water could seep through. Some skylights require extra protection, such as a raised lip or curb — to guide water drainage.
A professional roofer has the skills and knowledge to plan an installation that’s compatible with your roofing materials. And an experienced contractor can install skylights without compromising your roof’s structural integrity.
The expert team at Knockout Roofing, serving customers throughout northern Utah for over 15 years, offers free estimates for skylight installation, repair and replacement. To discuss your project with a professional roofer, contact our Salt Lake City office today.