Know Your Roof: Installing a Skylight


Ready to add a little more blue sky into your indoor environment at home? A skylight with a perfectly-sealed view out of your roof can bring just the right amount of outdoors into a dark room in your home. A sky filled with puffy clouds and of course a glimpse of a rainbow can bring a smile and natural light to your day. Are you curious about how this can be easily installed into your home? Let’s explore this window to the world and shed some light on skylights.

What Is A Skylight?

A skylight is an opening in a house roof that is covered with translucent or transparent material and is designed to bring light inside. So, in other terms, a skylight is a fixed window set into the roofline.

How Is A Skylight Installed?

A skylight can be installed into most existing roofs or planned in a new construction home. Here are a few of the steps

  1. Cut & frame the opening.
  2. Cut back the roofing and attach the skylight
  3. Slip in the correctly-sized underlayment
  4. Install bottom and step flashing under the shingles
  5. Install the solid flashing components

If these initial steps sound like a piece of cake to you, then you may have the skills.

Can You Install A Skylight Yourself?

With YouTube, home remodeling television shows, and just about everything DIY available on the Internet, you might be curious about installing a skylight yourself. Before you dive into this extensive home project, it would be wise to evaluate your skills in carpentry, roofing materials, window materials and installation and roofing experience.

As you can imagine, mistakes can end up costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage as well as lowering your property’s value. Our suggestion is to avoid costly mistakes, don’t borrow trouble, and turn to the experts in this field before knocking a giant hole in your roof.

Do Roofers Do Skylights?

We replace existing skylights; however, we do not cut new skylights into your roof. We do know some good contractors who will install a brand new skylight. Together with Roofstar, you’ll know that you have a great skylight and that your roof will be sealed back up correctly. As a homeowner, you know the value of a quality roof. The integrity of the roof needs to be maintained as you get a skylight installed. Preventing any leak for water to gain access is vital in this type of installation.

Can You Remove A Skylight?

Maybe you have a skylight and it is not performing how you would like and you want the skylight removed entirely. This is by all means possible. You will want to put your best roof and roofer on the job to make sure it gets done professionally and properly to reseal the roof.

You want the room with a view, not future, skylight leak repairs, which is why you should turn to the professionals at Roofstar Arizona. Avoiding trouble is the name of the game. So before you decide whether you need a roof inspection on a current skylight or are curious about getting a new skylight installed, call Roofstar Arizona at (480) 426-1915 and let the light – not leaks, in!

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