1) What is the best way to install skylights?
A) There are two ways to achieve skylight installation. The most common and easiest method is to use the services of a skylight specialist, and not a general carpenter or roofer. The other option is to go the DIY route. In this case, it is important to get a product that has specific instructions regarding skylight installation. It is important to remember that most skylight problems are caused as a direct result of faulty installation and not due to a problem with the skylight as such.
2)How do you select the skylight for installation?
A) Options are many. Designs and sizes are varied too. The best way to choose the right skylight for installation is to go with the size and requirements of your room. It is advisable to work with a contractor to decide the size and positioning of the skylight way before installation. Many homeowners make the mistake of selecting the largest possible skylight in an effort to get maximum light. This is self defeating because skylights do lead to insulation differences that can lead to too much heat in the summer and too much cold in the winter. That is why it is important to choose an energy efficient model that is of the right dimensions.
3)What are the types of skylights available for installation?
A) Skylights are of three types: fixed, ventilating and tubular. The names are self explanatory. Fixed skylights are best suited for a roof. Ventilating skylights are suited for places that need a lot of ventilation, like the bathrooms and kitchens. Tubular skylights are great for narrow spaces like a passageway.
4) What are the things to remember at the time of skylight installation?
A) Incorrect installation can lead to leaks in the future. So, it is important to follow instructions closely if it is being installed by someone other than an expert. One trick is to install a waterproof layer before the skylight goes on. This layer must ideally seal the entire hole in the roof. Planning and marking the ceiling should be the first step of the installation if you are going the DIY route. This will help you avoid hassles at the end when you are ready to slice through the roof. There are different ways for installing a curb mounted skylights. Measurements have to be taken carefully.
5) What could be the cost of a skylight?
A) Skylights become more expensive as the materials used on them change and the design becomes more complicated. Depending on the size, a skylight could cost you $600 or $2000. It all depends on the material.