Where to Place Skylights in Your Home

Where to Place Skylights in Your Home

Skylights are a great addition to your home. They bring an unmatched supply of natural light and air that brings plenty of style, comfort, and health benefits.

But once you’ve decided to get skylights, you may be wondering, “what are the best places to install these skylights?” in your home.

Here are the top five places where skylights can really shine:

5 Great Places for Skylights in Your Home

While skylights can certainly fit nicely into any room, there are a few specific areas where they truly have the ability to make a statement. 

1. Kitchen

The kitchen is a main gathering place for many families. Therefore, it’s one of the best places to put a skylight. They create a visual effect that can make a room that’s often crowded look a bit bigger and brighter. 

Also, adding a skylight will add more natural air ventilation in a space where it’s really needed. The heat and odors from cooking will be able to escape easily. Better yet — skylights don’t take up the wall space that traditional windows do, so you can have more room for storage.

2. Bedrooms

Skylights are a great addition to bedrooms because they offer the best of both worlds in terms of natural light and privacy. If you’re looking to start your day with some sunshine, you won’t have to worry about covering any windows up with blinds while you get ready. 

And let’s not forget to mention, what better view than a sky full of stars to fall asleep to?

3. Bathrooms

Similar to the kitchen, bathrooms are another place where skylights’ ventilation features are especially useful. Due to their closed-off layout, bathrooms easily build up moisture. This can lead to mold, water damage, and mildew that is bothersome to live with and costly to fix. Skylights can help to mitigate some of that humidity, while offering the light you want, and the privacy you need. 

4. Hallways

Although they’re not technically a room, hallways are a great place for skylights. They’re places that are often forgotten about, and therefore don’t showcase many design elements — but they could! 

Adding a skylight can make a hallway just as functional and stylish as the other rooms in your home. Hallways are also a great place to incorporate more natural light to flood through the home.

5. Attic

Many homeowners transform their attic into another living area if they don’t need the extra storage space. They can be transformed into another family room or bedroom. However, if you choose to do this, one of the main issues you may run into is lighting. 

A skylight is a great way to add natural light into this dark space and make it more comfortable. Then, not only do you have a unique room in your home, but unique design and functionality features to go along with it. 

Werner Roofing is proud to work exclusively with VELUX Skylights because they offer the best quality skylights on the market. If you’re considering placing a few value-adding skylights in your home, give us a call or contact us online! We’d be happy to help you find the perfect placement and install your new skylight quickly and efficiently.

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How to Maintain Skylights

How to Maintain Skylights

Skylights are a great home addition if you’re looking to bring more light in and freshen up your interior design. However, similar to other home additions, they also require regular maintenance to keep them working and looking nicely. 

Luckily, once you learn the basics, skylight maintenance isn’t too difficult. Let’s take a look at how often you should clean and inspect your skylights, what you can do on your own, and when to ask a professional for help. 

How Often Should Skylights Be Cleaned and Inspected?

Your skylights should be thoroughly cleaned once or twice per year. After this amount of time, they’ll have gathered a lot of dirt, dust, and spiderwebs that you’ll want to get rid of. 

Alongside that, your skylights should also be inspected at least once per year, regardless of whether you see any issues or not. There are a couple potential problems that you won’t be able to see from the inside, so you should get a thorough exterior inspection as well. Keeping up with these inspections could end up saving you thousands of dollars in damage repair. 

And, of course, if you notice any problems outside of those regular cleanings and inspections, contact a professional to get help as soon as possible. 

DIY Skylight Maintenance

There are a few things you can do to maintain your skylights without calling and spending money on a professional service. 

Clean Interior Glass and Frames

With a sturdy ladder and a friend, you can clean the dust and spiderwebs off the interior of your skylight with a few simple skylight cleaning steps.

  1. Spray the window with water, let it soak, then wipe the dirt away with a cloth.
  2. Fill a bucket with warm water and add your manufacturer’s recommended glass cleaning solution. 
  3. Submerge a clean cloth in the cleaning solution, then wipe down the window again. 
  4. Use a squeegee and wipe the glass clean in even paths.
  5. Dust and wipe the interior frames with another clean cloth. 

Be On the Lookout for Leaks

Leaks are the #1 issue related to skylights, and they can cause thousands of dollars in damage if they’re not quickly attended to. They can cause interior water damage, exterior water damage, or mold. You should check your skylights for leaks every week or two to avoid these costly repairs. 

Limit Condensation

Condensation can lead to similar damage as leaks. If you notice any condensation on your skylights, it probably means your windows need more ventilation. In order to increase ventilation, try the following suggestions:

  • Close your kitchen and bathroom doors
  • Dry your laundry outside
  • Open your skylight for 5 minutes a couple of times per day
  • Maintain a constant room temperature near 68 degrees

Professional Skylight Maintenance

There are a couple instances where you should not try to fix your skylights by yourself. Instead, you should call a professional that has years of experience working with them. 

Exterior Cleaning

Although you can usually do interior cleaning on your own, you should leave exterior cleaning up to a professional. They have the expertise, equipment and safety knowledge to remove dust, dirt, and films from your skylights without damaging them or hurting themselves. 

Water Damage

Water and condensation damage isn’t probably something you have the tools or knowledge to fix. Luckily, there are many roofing experts that do. Let them help you so you can get your roof and skylights looking as good as new in no time. 

We love working with VELUX skylights because they are known for low-maintenance, long lasting products. However, all skylights need a bit of attention now and then to keep them in optimal working order. If it’s been a while since you had your skylight inspected, give our experts a call! We’re happy to take a look at them and offer recommendations for maintenance or service.

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OUR FREE ROOF INSPECTION

How do you know when it’s time for a new roof? The only way to be sure of your residential roof’s current condition is to have a licensed professional personally inspect it. Werner Roofing is proud to offer free roof inspections for every client, so you can be sure of your roof’s condition. Every Werner Roofing inspection comes complete with our promise: “We won’t recommend or sell a roof replacement unless it’s necessary.” 

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