Natural lighting is one the best features in a house. The warmth and atmosphere it brings is often inviting and relaxing. If you are looking to add more natural lighting to your home, skylights may be a great option. But before you take a large saw to your roof, let’s go over some things you should consider.

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We know it’s exciting to create holes, especially for a purpose. However, in the case of skylights, you will want to know the placement of the rafters in your home. Having a blueprint for your reference is the best way to ensure you’re not going to cause issues with installing a skylight. Once you have a tangible understanding of where the rafters reside, you can plan your placement accordingly. Start from the inside, making sure to remove all interior sheathing and marking the corners of your skylight to outline where it will be. Don’t forget to remove your shingles prior to starting to cut.

Flashing

Because there is such a variety of different flashings, you will want to know the slope of your roof before choosing. This is a crucial part of installing a skylight, due to the flashing being responsible for making sure water is directed away from the skylight. To ensure the best result, waterproof your flashing and avoid any moisture issues that can easily occur after a rain or hail storm.

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The most important thing to be aware of when installing a skylight, is safety. While it is possible to install one yourself, you should never do it by yourself. Make sure to have the right equipment with you, and the protective gear you need in case of a slip. Also, make sure to check what the weather may be for the following day or two. It’s possible you may run into problems once you’re up there, or it could take you longer than planned. If it does in fact rain, having moisture
present during the installation process can cause big issues.

 

 

As always, before starting any project on your roof, make sure you have it inspected by professional contractors. The last thing you need to find is an issue of roof damage when you go to start cutting. Keep yourself safe and covered and call A&H Forensic Roofing today! With free inspections and 24/7 emergency service, you can trust the company who has your best in mind.