Summer is a great time of year for home-improvement projects, such as adding a four-season room or installing those window replacements you’ve been eyeing. There’s another home-improvement project gaining in popularity that like a four-seasons room and new windows brings the outdoors into your home. Have you considered the bold and beautiful look of adding skylights? We at Welter Construction have put together a list of pros and cons of skylights to help you decide if installing skylights is the right home remodel project for you this season.
PROS: LET THE LIGHT SHINE IN!
Skylights let the light shine in! Skylights bring in about 30 percent more natural light than standard windows. This means that you can enjoy the beauty and lighting effects of natural light while still maintaining your privacy.
PROS: BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL!
Skylights definitely give your home a unique bold and beautiful aesthetic appeal. With so many sizes and designs to choose from, there is certainly a skylight or multiple skylights tailored to suit your designer eye in a variety of locations. In fact, consider combining skylights with your other home remodel projects. Are you remodeling your bathroom with a new shower? Consider skylights in your bathroom or a light tunnel shining down into the master bedroom shower!
PROS: GREATER EFFICIENCY, BETTER AIR CIRCULATION
More benefits of installing skylights are greater energy efficiency and better air circulation. Since skylights bring in much more light than conventional windows, you can curb your home lighting costs substantially if you wish. Consider choosing skylights that are ENERGY STAR qualified.
Further, skylights draw indoor air up to the HVAC vents. This can help improve air circulation without increasing your heating and cooling costs. If you choose to install vented skylights, you’ll enjoy more fresh air in your home and may curb energy costs in upper-floor rooms.
CONS: COST CONSIDERATIONS
Perhaps the first disadvantage that comes to mind for enjoying the beauty, convenience, and efficiency of installing skylights is the cost. The costs involved to consider when installing skylights are the number, style, and design of the skylights, the labor involved with installing skylights in the location you desire, and the home contractor you choose to do the installation.
CONS: POTENTIAL FOR LEAKS IF INCORRECTLY INSTALLED
One of the prejudices associated with skylights, and perhaps unjustly, is that skylights are prone to leak. So you may ask, Are skylights prone to leaks? That all depends. Is your roof prone to leak? The answer is that it depends on the quality of the installation, whether it’s skylights or your roof. That’s why it’s vital to hire the right reputable home contractor for the job, like Welter Construction!
CONS: MAY BE LIMITED IN SIZE AND DESIGN
As you begin shopping for skylights, you realize how beautiful all of the designs and styles really are. Keep in mind that the size and style of the skylights you install in your home will be somewhat dependent on the construction of your home and roof. This could possibly limit the size and number of skylights you can install at a practical price tag. Work with a home contractor with extensive experience with installing skylights for the best results.
PROS: CAN’T BEAT THE VIEW!
There is one more important benefit of installing skylights in your home. Whether a sunny day with puffy clouds floating by or a spectacular starry night, you can’t beat the view with skylights!
To speak with a professional home contractor that can help you decide upon the best and most beautiful skylights for your home, call the Welter Construction professionals at (763) 294-8099 today!