The Light and Dark Sides of Skylights

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Anyone who has ever looked through a skylight at night can appreciate the beauty offered by this window into the sky, with its clear view of the stars above. But before jumping into a residential renovation project to add skylights, homeowners should be informed of both the benefits and drawbacks of these windows.

A Look on the Brighter Side

Skylights in a residential home

There are reasons so many people fall for skylights, the most obvious being the natural light let in through the window. They’re beneficial in interior rooms without windows and other rooms that don’t see much sunshine. In addition to the sunlight, skylights can provide indirect solar energy, and they can also allow fresh air into the room. For these reasons, it’s important to carefully consider where the skylights are placed during new construction projects. From a design perspective, that window to the sky can set the mood for the entire room.

The Darker Side of Skylights

For all the positives of skylights, there are a few drawbacks. There may be some home insurance implications because of the windows, which can gradually contribute to wear and tear on the roof because they can be prone to leakage. This may cause insurance premiums to go up. Leaks may be avoided with high-quality skylights, which are more expensive than cheap plastic ones, but less likely to experience problems. They should always be installed by a reputable, licensed professional; improper installation can lead to serious leaks and potential interior damage. But it’s not just leaks that can cause interior damage. The sun can fade carpet and furniture, so it’s best to choose a skylight specifically designed to control for heat and UV rays.

Should You Install a Skylight?

Now that you know the benefits and drawbacks of skylights, you’ll need to decide whether they’re right for your home. As long as you’re aware of the potential drawbacks, these roof windows can bring natural light, fresh air, and new energy into your space. Whether you’re planning a small bathroom renovation or a full home renovation, MLM Incorporated can help you incorporate skylights into your home’s design. Call us today at 504-322-7050 for a free quote on our residential services.