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    September 16, 2014 at 7:45 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

    Things to Consider Before Installing a Skylight

    Natural light in your home can add so much. It can add warmth and highlight the natural beauty of the space. Adding skylights can be a great way to draw in light from the outdoors and create an inviting atmosphere for your family and friends. Outlined below are some of the basic advantages and disadvantages of skylights so you know what to expect before making the decision to install.


    Skylights can be a somewhat expensive improvement to make to your home. They require quality installation and planning. You’ll need to talk with a building contractor to make sure there aren’t any factors that will affect the structure of your home-- or its resale value-- in a negative way. Set a budget and try to stick to it as best as possible.


    You might really want a skylight in a certain area, but your contractor may not advise it for certain reasons. You’ll need to be sure to carefully plan the right location of the skylights so you can get the maximum amount of natural light. North-facing skylights won’t get much light. East- and West-facing ones will let in morning and afternoon light, respectively, and South-facing skylights should get light most of the day. Know exactly where the best positions are in your home so you aren’t wasting money on skylights that won’t achieve what you really want.   

    Glazing material

    Skylights aren’t just another window in your home. Given the placement, they have a greater risk of breaking and affecting your home’s energy efficiency. Therefore, it’s important to have a specialized glazing material applied. Using a transparent film, you can prevent the glass from shattering, reduce the window’s emissivity (improving energy efficiency), eliminate glare on your TV and computer screens, and block harmful UV rays from damaging your skin and furniture. There are a variety of products that you can install yourself, but the most efficient and long-lasting films are the ones that are installed by a professional.   


    Installing skylights means that you likely need to follow city or county codes for building and energy efficiency.  There may be specific requirements or regulations in your area regarding the type of skylight you can install and how. Be sure that you research code requirements or ask a contractor to explain what requirements need to be met, if any.

    Skylights can be a wonderful option for people looking to maximize natural light in their home and connect with the outdoors. With a bit of research and maintenance, they are an investment that will add to the value and character of your home.

    Sara Thompson has published numerous articles about health and home improvement. This article was written in partnership with Pacific Window Tinting in Portland, Oregon. Visit


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