Skylights can add natural light and open a room up to any home when they are installed correctly. Skylights in Ann Arbor Michigan can also add a very elegant and designer savvy feel to a room where the skylight is installed. When an installation of skylights is completed improperly, they add negative equity to your home, and it pushes the promising feature to any home to an expensive liability. These are some of the tips we recommend when you are considering to install skylights.
10 Things You Must Know About Roofing and Skylights in Ann Arbor Michigan
- Examine the Blueprints
Make sure your contractor is experienced, and they specialize in skylights. If your contractor is experienced, the blueprints they would have drafted would consider any special scenarios that might need to happen for the installation of your skylight. Some of the things that need to be planned for is consideration of the wiring for any electricals, interior futures, and any support beams that keep your home sound and secure.
- Weather conditions
The weather conditions of any home project can depict and influence any upcoming plans that may be set in place. Essentially, the installation of a skylight involves cutting a hole in the roof of your home. Any possible weather conditions, things like snow, rain, and storms could add moisture to the area and inside your home which have adverse effects like mildew, mold, and reduces the structural soundness of your home. Working around weather conditions can be tough to plan for dependent on where you live, but it is possible. Just keep an eye on your local area’s weather forecast when planning an installation for skylights.
- Examine the quality of materials
Make sure you examine the quality of the materials the contractor proposes to use. The use of materials that aren’t very high in quality could result in severe damage to your home. A skylight is a window in your roof, which when this is done improperly and without the use of quality materials, the leading result could be water damage from storms. Make sure to also ask questions about energy efficiency and UV protection of the glass. A skylight should be an asset added to your home to increase the residential value to your property, not decrease the value.
- Make this an inside job
Instead of starting the installation of skylights from outside your home, make sure to start the project from inside the attic or ceiling. Starting from the inside of the home makes the process of skylights installation operate in a more smooth and quick way. Completing the project in a quicker method results in less days you have to plan for, which causes less chances of weather effecting the planning and zone of your home’s project. Planning and taking note of where the skylight will be placed inside your home is also easier to do from the inside, as its hard to estimate where a skylight would exactly go from on top of your home from the roof.
- Make sure you have proper safety equipment
Installations of skylights can be a dangerous job depending on a few predetermining factors. How many stories your home is, how much of an angle your roof has, and wind speed can make this a very dangerous job if everything is against your favor. Make sure you have a sturdy ladder, the proper footwear, and wear a safety harness. Implementing and practicing this can be the difference between a serious injury, or not. We also recommend implementing the use of a roof jack. A roof jack is a piece of equipment which allows a person to create a safe platform on top of your roof. A safe platform in this fashion greatly reduces the chances of somebody getting hurt. Risk management and awareness is of upmost importance before the project is underway to make sure everybody is on the same page about which risk reduction strategies should be implemented to complete the job in the safest way possible.
- Plan, Plan, Plan
When installing skylights, there’s always a lot of math that is involved in the process of drafting a blueprint and planning. Things to consider is the slope and angle your roof may be at, the volume of your ceiling, and the dimensions of the size of your skylights. Failing to take measurements before the project is underway could result in a very expensive mistake. Measuring allows you to accurately estimate how much material you may need to get the job done. The last thing you’d want to happen is have your home’s project delayed because a contractor needs to order more supplies and materials to get the job completed.
- Add drywall to the area of the skylights
Adding drywall to an area where you’re going to remove in preparation for a skylight may seem unnecessary, but we assure you it is necessary. Drywalling the area will not only make the project and skylight visually look more professional, but it also has some added benefits to the structural quality of your home. Adding drywall to the area can allow for room to add insulation, which would make the skylight less of a liability when it comes to keeping heat inside your home during the winter months. This would also increase the seal around a skylight, aiding and helping to keep water out of your home.
- Keep the water out of your home and skylight
Ensuring to keep the water out of your home and skylight is a very important aspect of planning and considering a skylight. Watching out for weather forecasts around the time of the project is necessary but implementing water seals and waterproof products to a skylight can help even more. A skylight should be sealed from the inside and the outside to add a double protection from any possible water leaks that may happen during a rainy day, storm, or hurricane. Ensuring your skylights are protected from the elements is a preemptive measure to protect your home for any possible devastating damages that may occur, which would lead to expensive repairs that would have to happen to keep your home structurally sound.
- Prepare the area on the roof
To have an easier time installing skylights, make sure to remove shingles from the roof in any predicted spots where a skylight might be installed. Shingles on to a roof are meant to be tough materials to keep the elements out of your home, and they were manufactured to take a beating. If you don’t remove the shingles from your roof, you would have a very difficult time cutting through the shingles that would be in your way, and the installation of your skylight would be delayed due to time constraints and increased difficulty from not removing the shingles on your roof. Make sure to reapply the shingles back on to the roof after the project is completed or order some new shingles if the removal process damages your current shingles.
- Let the air pass through your skylight
Ensuring that your skylight has enough ventilation to let air pass through is an important factor to consider. You can make a closed off skylight, which can’t be opened to improve air flow, but allowing your skylight to be opened can improve air flow in a room where the skylight is installed. This is an optional step, and really dependent on what you would want out of your skylight. It also depends on how high your ceilings are inside your home. If you have to climb up a ladder to open up the skylight for the benefits of improved air flow to the targeted room in your home, then it might be worth it to save some money and plan for the skylight to not have this feature. A skylight that can be opened also have a marginally decreased amount in how effective a water seal or waterproofing can be. You have to consider the hinges that would open up your skylights. If a hinge has a small opening to it, this will allow for water to pass through, which can be a cause for adding damage to your home.
In conclusion, adding a skylight to your home is a good way to add a lot of residential value and property value to your home. It adds more equity and raises the value in a positive fashion. There are a lot of benefits to a skylight, such as adding more natural light to a targeted room, improving airflow to a room, and can add a hint of elegance to your home. Make sure to add the skylight in a proper way, as adding a skylight to your home can add a whole bucket load of negative aspects. Water damage and damage from the outside elements is a very real thing that can happen when a person is planning to add a skylight, and it can even happen during the installation of a skylight. Installing a skylight is considered one of the most dangerous things you can add to a home for the contractor, as working from on top of your home on the roof adds a wide variety of dangerous aspects. A contractor can slip off the home and suffer from serious injuries. Follow these tips provided in this article and your installation of a skylight will not only be as smooth as it could possibly ever be, but it would also save you a lot money, time, and potential damage to your home.
Be sure to contact A2 Roofing today for a free quote on skylight installation on your home. Call them at 734-548-9915 for more details.