Light and Leaks: Things to Consider Before Adding Skylights


Just like any other home feature, skylights have their pros and cons. Achten’s Quality Roofing, your go-to contractor in the state for all your moss cleaning roof service needs, lists below the things you need to know before installing skylights.

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Roof Leaks 

Since your contractor will be cutting out part of your roof to install skylights, there will be a higher risk of roof leaks. However, this shouldn’t be a concern for roofing systems that were installed properly. If they were, all the gaps should have been covered.

The Roof Slope 

The difficulty of the skylight installation depends on the slope of the roof. Flat roof skylights are easier to install than skylights for sloped roofs because they need less protective features to keep the rainwater out.

The Type of Skylight and Your Needs

You also need to take into account the function of the room. Flat roof skylights let in more sunlight, so they’re better suited to dark rooms. But if you’re installing skylights in a living space, sloped skylights are a better option. A bright room isn’t a conducive space for napping. But with sloped skylights, a more proportionate amount of sunlight enters the room. This ensures that the room isn’t too bright.


Another factor that determines the amount of sunlight that enters a room is the size of the skylights. As a general rule, however, the bigger the skylight, the better it is. The amount of natural lighting shouldn’t be a problem, as you can always install shades and blinds to control the flow of light.


Another thing you need to think about is skylight maintenance. Normally, you’d need to clean your skylights at least once per year, although the frequency ultimately depends on how dirty they get. Since skylights are situated on top of your roof, cleaning them is a challenge, not to mention potentially risky. That’s why it would be better to leave all the roof cleaning work to the professionals.

Just make sure to hire a professional. Improper cleaning can scratch your windows or even cause leaks.

Achten’s Quality Roofing, a BBB-accredited company, offers a wide range of roofing services, including roof cleaning and installation services. To get a free estimate, call us at (253) 539-7663 or leave us a message on this form.