Understanding the effects of pitch and location
A skylight installed in a roof with a lower pitch will provide more solar heat than on a roof with a steeper pitch. In addition, if your skylight is installed on the west side of your home it will provide afternoon sunlight and will result in heat gain. This can help provide energy savings in the winter, which sounds great. However, there are some things to consider before making that decision. For example, if the skylight is on a pitch that is south facing, you will get more direct light, which can cause glare or the room to become overheated, especially in the summer months. This can result in your furniture fading over time. It can also potentially increase your air conditioning bill during the hottest summer months.
Skylight installation done on the side of the house that is north facing will provide a softer light that will last throughout the day, with less potential for making the room too warm. A knowledgeable contractor will be able to counsel you as to the best placement of the skylight to achieve the results you desire.
There are two types of skylights: fixed and vented. Fixed skylights don’t open, and are less likely to leak. When they do, it is due to skylight installation error. Another option, vented skylights, can be opened and are especially useful in that have a lot of moisture. However there is a better chance for these skylights to leak. Hiring a professional with experience in skylight installation for your St. Charles, IL home or business allows you to choose the option that is right for you, with the peace of mind that you won’t have problems with leaking water down the line.
Thinking through your options when it comes to skylight installation on your home will determine how happy you are in the long run. Looking at how your home is situated on your lot, where and how the sun hits your roof are two often overlooked factors. An experienced skylight installation expert can help walk you through your options.
Landmark Roofing is experienced in skylight installation in St. Charles, IL and the surrounding areas. We can help you select the right type of skylight and provide quality installation. Call us for a quote at 847-587-0872.