What you need to know before installing a skylight in your roof

Talk about an item that can alter the way a room looks for good, and Skylight has to be a part of that conversation. It overwhelms a room with the glamour of natural light. They are also an excellent pick for providing ventilation, which is a big plus for bathrooms and kitchens. 

However, it is not like the idea of installing a skylight is a bad one. It is just that some people are afraid they might damage their roofs in the process. The thing is, if your installation was done by a professional, the possibility of damaging your roof will be almost zero. But if you care to do a DIY installation, here are some things you should keep in mind. 

Never compromise quality

Water tightness, energy efficiency, wind resistance, and sound reduction are some of the relevant features you should take into account. A lot of manufacturers are switching to environmentally-friendly materials for producing skylights. Any chance you could find a skylight made of such materials, go for it!

Watch out for a clement weather

Not even the most experienced professionals can do a good job when the weather is bad. You have to make sure the weather is 100% in favor of the installation before proceeding. 

Know The Slope before Buying Flashing

Different pitch with their flashing kit types. So you cannot just wake up one morning and decide to buy any flashing kit that pops into your mind. If you want to be sure of making the right choice, then you ought to be educated on the type of flashing kit that will be best for your work. 

Commence from inside

The moment you have gotten the interior sheathing out of the way, drive four screws or nails into the boxed shape you cut out for the skylight. That way, locating the opening of the skylight from the roof will be very easy. 

Remove shingles before any cutting is done

You need to take off all the shingles on the roof till you have seen the space you have marked for the skylight. 

Flashing should be waterproof

The flashing comes with a waterproof as part of the kit. Its job is for diverting ice and water away so they do not enter into the skylight opening. 

Additional drywall & insulation is necessary

You should be ready to apply some more drywall, as well as insulation. That is to help reduce the amount of condensation and to ensure you are not letting in more than the required amount of light.

Falling is as real as you suspect

Make sure you are using the appropriate height and type of ladder. Footwear that allows for a firm grip could also be of help. Depending on your roof slope, you may need to consider roof jacks for supporting a 2 by 12-inch board that you can stand on top as you work. In doing that, use nails to fasten the board to the roof jacks, ensure you drive the nails through the roof joists.