Skylights provide a great source of natural light for your home. Properties that have a nice skylight installed are able to receive an ample amount of lighting in the day, and a great view of the stars in the evening. Aesthetically, skylights add great value to a home. Skylights are actually a type of window. Specifically, it is classified as a fixed window which, oftentimes cannot be opened and is there to only provide a good view and add more decor and lighting to the interior of a home. In some cases, skylights can also be opened up through the use of a latch or a pole to push it open.
While skylights can make your home look good and bright, there are a few disadvantages that come along with it. Unfortunately, skylights are often a source of major heat loss during the cold season and a source for heat absorption during the summer or on hot days. Current new window structures can now be applied to your home to minimize heat transfer from skylights.
A skylight functions primarily as a way for light and heat to enter your home. Recent structures now have integrated materials and systems that help prevent major heat loss or heat intake in your home. One such innovation is the use of cylinders, lenses, and mirrored reflectors to allow light to come in while preventing the transfer of heat. Because some skylights can also open, they also work to provide a proper ventilation system into your home by allowing the hot air that collects in the ceiling to escape.
Homeowners that have a skylight on their roofs tend to receive recommendations from roof contractors to get the skylight replaced when they only request for a roof replacement. While this might seem bothersome and costly, replacing your skylight when you replace your roof is highly recommended. A good contractor will definitely tell you that you should get the skylight replaced when you have a new roof coming in. This might seem like an added cost but this will actually leave you with more savings in the long run.
A roof replacement puts a lot of stress on your roof deck. Areas near the skylight need to be stripped off and then hammered on to install the new roof. These activities could lead to damage to the sides, sealants, or other supporting structures of the skylight. Opting out of a skylight replacement could lead to some leaking after your new roof is installed. This can be quite common since the skylight was previously fitted for the old roof. The installation of the new roof is likely to affect some of the structure’s fittings and sealants. There are specific seal points around the skylight that, when affected by the new installation, could lead to thee problems.
A major benefit that you are likely to overlook when considering a skylight replacement is the chance to save more. While it might lead to a higher cost on your overall bill for the roof and skylight replacement, getting these 2 done together can save you hundreds, even thousands in labor costs. Since the team is already up on the roof working on it, extra hours on setting and replacing the skylight would be a little cost as compared to when you would request a separate job on the skylight instead. Also, when they need to replace the skylight, surrounding shingles will have to be removed in order to fit a new skylight as well. This adds up to the cost of having 2 separate projects compared to 1 larger project.
Aside from the savings in having these 2 jobs done together, you can also save from the less likelihood of damage or need for repairs after the new roof installation.
A great source of daylight; a nice viewing deck to watch the stars during the evening; skylights are great things to have at home. However, maintenance, repair, and replacements can be quite expensive. Getting the work on your skylight did with your roof can save you in labor costs. It’s also a good marker to note when the skylight and roofs need further repairs or replacements.
With years of experience installing, replacing, and repairing skylights in New Jersey Homes, XPress Construction is one of the best roofing partners in Ridgewood NJ. You can easily get in touch with us for a thorough assessment and action plan for your roof and skylight. You may get in touch with us through (201) 817-2100 or you could visit us at 615 Bartell Pl, Ridgewood, NJ 07450