Consideration for skylights

Elite Consideration for Skylights
April 2, 2024 at 6:00 a.m.

By Elite Roofing. 

Learn about the different needs when having skylights installed on low-slope and steep-slope roofs. 

Whether in a professional setting or the comfort of your home, a skylight can be a powerful addition to a space. By bringing in natural light they both enhance the well-being of the people in the room and make the entire building more energy efficient. They also have the benefit of adding an aesthetic appeal to a space by making rooms feel more open and larger.  

But there are many considerations if you want to have a skylight installed, and they differ if you are working with a low-slope roof or a steep-slope roof. The experts here at Elite Roofing have summarized these considerations, which include design, functionality and installation requirements. Ensuring that you have considered all these factors prior to installation is key to maximizing the functionality and aesthetics of skylights.  

Low-slope or flat roofs 

Skylights for flat roofs require careful consideration to ensure proper installation and prevent water infiltration. Here are some key points to keep in mind: 

  • Design: Opt for curb-mounted or self-flashing skylights designed specifically for flat roofs. These skylights feature a raised curb that helps divert water away from the opening. Choose a design that complements the architectural style of your home. 
  • Material: Look for skylights made from durable materials such as tempered glass or polycarbonate. These materials offer excellent light transmission while providing protection against UV rays, impact and weather conditions. 
  • Waterproofing: Proper waterproofing is crucial for flat roof skylights. Ensure that the skylights come with integrated flashing systems and watertight seals to prevent leaks. Consult with a professional roofer to ensure a proper installation. 
  • Ventilation: Consider skylights with built-in ventilation options to improve airflow and regulate temperature in your home. Venting skylights allow hot air to escape, promoting natural ventilation and reducing the need for artificial cooling. 

Here at Elite Roofing, we use special custom-ordered skylights that are domed to prevent water from pooling and to hold the snow load that comes with winter weather! 

Steep-slope or shingle pitched roofs 

For homes with shingle-pitched roofs, the selection of skylights should consider the roof slope and compatibility with surrounding shingles. Here's what to consider: 

  • Roof slope: Determine the roof pitch or slope before choosing skylights. Different skylight models are designed to accommodate specific roof pitches. Ensure that the skylights you select are compatible with the slope of your roof to prevent water pooling and potential leaks. 
  • Flashing: Skylights for shingle-pitched roofs require proper flashing to maintain a watertight seal. It's important to choose skylights that come with flashing kits specifically designed for shingle roofs. These kits typically include step flashing and collar flashing to provide a secure and weather-resistant installation. 
  • Energy efficiency: Look for skylights with energy-efficient features, such as low-emissivity (low-E) coatings and insulated glass. These features help reduce heat transfer, improve insulation and minimize energy loss, making your home more energy-efficient and comfortable. 
  • Size and placement: Consider the size and placement of skylights to optimize their benefits. Larger skylights provide more natural light and expansive views but be mindful of their impact on heat gain and loss. Additionally, consider the orientation of your roof and the path of the sun to determine the ideal placement for maximum daylighting. 

Choosing the right skylights for your flat or shingle-pitched roof is a decision that requires careful consideration. By considering design, functionality, material, waterproofing and energy efficiency, you can make an informed choice that enhances the beauty and functionality of your home. Remember to consult with professionals, such as roofers or skylight manufacturers, to ensure proper installation and compatibility with your specific roof type. Enjoy the benefits of natural light and create a more inviting and vibrant living space with the perfect skylights for your home. 

Original article source: Elite Roofing

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