Should You Have Skylights Added To Your Roof?

The idea of having sun shine into your home from above can be very appealing. But adding skylights to your roof is a pretty complicated process, and it has both pros and cons. Make sure you consider both the benefits and drawbacks before you spring for those skylights. Here's a look.

Benefits of Skylights

The primary benefit of skylights is that they allow more natural light into your home. This can make your home décor look more appealing. It may also reduce your need for artificial lighting, helping you to save electricity (which is great for the planet and your wallet).

Allowing more natural light in through your skylight may boost your mood, especially in the winter when you don't spend as much time outside. Research has also suggested that exposure to natural light can boost your performance – which is good news if you ever work or study at home. You may also experience improved immunity as a result of greater exposure to natural light through your skylight.

Since so many homeowners see skylights as an appealing feature, installing one may also raise the value of your home. If you're thinking of selling your home soon, adding a skylight may help you attain a higher asking price or compete with other homes in the area.

Drawbacks of Skylights

Skylights have to be installed very carefully, or else they can cause trouble for your roofing. You must make sure the contractor you hire has a lot of experience installing skylights. Otherwise, your skylight may not end up being sealed properly, and you may have a lot of leaks, rotting roofing material, and other water damage to deal with a few months down the road.

Even if a skylight is installed properly, debris can accumulate on your roof and get stuck on the border between the skylight and the roof. This can cause the caulk and other sealants to decay, leading to leaks. So, if you have a skylight, you'll need to keep the area around it clean, removing any leaves, branches, and other debris on a regular basis.

Another minor drawback of skylights is that the sunlight they let in is very direct. Over time, the items beneath it, like carpet and bedding, may get bleached out from sun exposure.

If you don't mind dealing with some color bleaching and maintenance, a skylight can be a great way to bring extra light into your home. Speak with a local roofing contractor, such as those found at FirstChoice Exteriors, to learn more.