A skylight offers many benefits such as improving your home’s ambience through natural lighting and providing ventilation to a finished attic. In today’s post, local roofing and siding contractor Right Angle Roofing & Siding answers a common question about skylights: when is the best time to install them?
Why Should You Install Skylights?
Before we talk about when, let’s take a look at why you should consider having skylights in your home.
The most immediate benefit of having skylights is natural lighting. Whether it’s in a living room, a bathroom, or an attic converted to a bedroom, skylights provide ample natural lighting. If you’re concerned about solar heat during the summer season, choose skylights with insulated glass.
Skylights also help improve energy efficiency. First, more natural light means less dependence on electrical lighting during the day. Choosing insulated glass can help reduce the room’s cooling needs. Venting skylights — that is, skylights that can be opened like casement windows — can provide much-needed ventilation during hot summer months.
The Best Times to Install Skylights
A knowledgeable roofing contractor can install a skylight any time of the year. However, there are two conditions that are considered most beneficial.
Summer is the best season for skylight installation because it’s far less likely to be interrupted by the weather. Considering that skylight installation requires cutting a hole in the roof, the last thing you want is the risk of rainwater or melting snow getting into the roof deck and causing moisture damage to the roof. Roofers like us are, of course, prepared for such events, but it still may cause delays.
If you are planning on replacing your roof, consider it as an opportunity to include skylight installation in your plans. It will cost less compared to replacing your roof now and installing a skylight later. It will also make the skylight less vulnerable to leaks, as the roof, including the framing, will have provisions for the skylights. You’ll also have more flexibility on skylight placement.
Right Angle Roofing & Siding is your leading provider of roof repair and skylight installation services. Give us a call at (631) 849-8988. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.