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What You Need to Know: 5 Tips Before Installing a Skylight

Posted on June 3, 2023

What You Need to Know: 5 Tips Before Installing a Skylight

Installing a skylight is a great way to add natural light and ventilation to your home and improve your overall energy efficiency. However, there are a few things you need to know before installing a skylight in your home. This blog post will discuss five tips to help make the process easier and ensure that your skylight is installed correctly.

Don’t Skip These Tips

If you’re planning on installing a skylight, be sure to keep the following tips in mind:


First, you need to consider your skylight’s style and function. What features are most important? Do you want it to be domed or flat? Is it a functional window that opens, or is it stationary? There are many options available, so be sure to do your research before deciding.


The next thing you need to consider is placement. Where do you want your skylight to go? Keep in mind that the placement of your skylight will affect the amount of light and ventilation it provides.

For example, if you install your skylight on a north-facing portion of your roof, you should get consistent lighting year-round. Additionally, you’ll want to avoid installing them directly above heat-sensitive areas like showers or bathtubs, as well as places where they might be obstructed by furniture or other objects.

Mounting Type

Next, you need to decide on a mounting type. There are two main options: deck mount and curb mount. Deck-mounted skylights are designed to “hug” the roof and are made in a factory – perfect for new construction. Curb-mounted skylights sit on a metal frame that is raised above the roof surface.

However, the current condition of your room impacts this choice. Curb-mounted skylights work best to replace old skylights. Otherwise, if you’re adding a skylight to an existing home, deck-mounted makes the most sense. 

Glazing Options

There are two main types of glazing: clear and tinted. Clear glazing allows the most light to enter your home, but it can also cause glare and make your home warmer in the summer. Tinted glazing blocks some of the light, but it helps reduce glare and heat gain.

Roof Type

Finally, you need to consider your roof type. If you have a flat or low-pitched roof, installing a skylight may not be possible. You’ll need to consult with an experienced roofer to see if your roof can support a skylight. Typically, to accommodate a skylight, the roof has to be about 5 to 15 degrees higher than the roof’s latitude. 

Additionally, not all roof types can accommodate skylights. For example, truss-framed roofs are not designed to be cut after installation. Attempting to could damage the structural integrity of the roof. 

Getting Started with an Experienced Roofer

Now that you know what to consider before installing a skylight, it’s time to get started. The best way to ensure that your skylight is installed correctly is to work with an experienced roofer. At Bristlewood, we can help you choose the suitable model and placement for your home, as well as provide expert installation services to ensure your skylight doesn’t leak.

Keep these tips in mind if you’re in the market for a new skylight. With a bit of planning and the help of an experienced roofer, you can enjoy all the benefits of natural light and ventilation in your home.