Have a dark hallway or living room? Skylights are an excellent way to brighten up any room. Adding a new skylight is a fast and easy way to add a window to the top of your house! With Dial One Roofing's expert skylight installers, you can have a new skylight by tomorrow!
Adding a roof skylight to your house is especially easy when you're putting on a new roof. Because you have easy access to your attic and roof deck where the skylight will go, cutting the hole and making the hole to your desired area is relatively painless. It does however require some preplanning, and some thought needs to go into how much light you're actually going to be bringing into the room. The best place in a skylight, however, in a kitchen or in a bathroom. In and those cases, we always recommend an opening skylight, a roof window. That way you can let the water vapor from the sink or showers out of the house just by opeing the skylight a crack.
Our Portland skylights come in a variety of styles and sizes, each one with its own particular purpose. When you have a pitch to roof that you would like to add a skylight to, a glass panes skylight is best. When you have a flat roof, you need to use a domed skylight so that water can run off the skylight more readily. Domed skylights are made of acrylic plastic, and will last as long as the glass skylights will.
Skylights come in every different size and shape. We install skylights that were 30 feet across and 60 feet long, all the way down to 2' by 2'. Every job has a different frame to work with and customer need. Some of our customers need to have large opening features, and in other cases a fixed unit is the only thing that will do. While its may seem that having a skylight that opens would lead to leakage, that truth of the matter is that an opening skylights is installed exactly the same way as a fixed skylight. A properly installed skylight be a fixed or opening will last as long as your roof installation. Naturally, you would want to close your open skylight as you would any open window.
Skylights are used to light up sections of the house where there is no light. In almost every house there's a dark spot they could use some natural sunlight. Adding a skylight allows you natural sunlight where there was none before. Bathrooms, hallways, living rooms, and kitchens all can stand the addition of more light. When you're considering a new skylight or just looking for a skylight replacement, your Dial One Roofing representatives can help you size and select the exact right skylight for you!
Opening skylights are skylights that are built on a hinge, with a Manual or electric opener. The skylights are excellent for allowing light into a room while also allowing for fresh air. Opening skylights can be placed anywhere that a regular skylight can be installed, and are excellent in bathrooms and in kitchens. Allowing water vapor out as well as fresh air in, allows your house to breathe properly in areas where would normally be steamy or confined. Opening skylights come with a built in screen to keep bugs out, and the screen can easily be removed and cleaned if it ever needs to be.
We have been asked many times about whether having opening skylights is a good idea because of the possibilities of rain entering the house while the skylight is open. By leaving the skylight opened slightly in bathrooms or in kitchens, air and water vapor are allowed to escape throughout the year. On nicer days, it's OK to go ahead and open the skylight fully, and let your house breathe. During days when inclement weather is a possibility, you may want to close the skylight just to be on the safe side. But given the design the of the skylight itself, if you do leave the skylight open and it rains, typically any amount of water that enters the house is usually minor.
When asked if we were to make a decision on whether we would go fixed skylight or opener skylights, we almost invariably select opening skylights because it gives us the option of allowing more good air into the house, and bad air and vapor out.