Installing a skylight offers several potential advantages for a property. As well as being a fantastic source of natural light and fresh air, they are relatively simple to incorporate into the existing structure of your home, as well as new extensions and conversions.
That being said, skylights are not without their drawbacks. Aside from the initial costs, skylights can cause a great many problems if installed incorrectly. They are not a feature that should be installed as a DIY project!
If you are interested in a skylight installation project, the best thing to do will be to have a local glazier inspect your property and take proper measurements. They should be able to advise you on what type of skylight will best suit your home and provide you with a bespoke quote for the work. Importantly, they will have the equipment and experience required to safely work at heights, which is crucial for installing loft or roof skylights.
Like any major home improvement, skylights carry their share of advantages and disadvantages. It is important to get to know these in detail before making any kind of purchase. Remember, the best way to learn about whether skylights will suit your property will be to book a site visit with a local glazier.
When it comes to skylight installation, there are only two things that you really need to know:
In order to install a skylight, your glazier needs to cut a hole in your home. As you can imagine, there are plenty of ways that this could go wrong!
The installation will need to be 100% watertight in order to prevent moisture from getting through, which can be particularly damaging to a property during the winter months. It is also worth pointing out that when it comes to roof work, falling is a very real danger. Unlike you, a Pro will have all of the equipment and experience necessary to work safely at heights.
Skylights offer a surprising number of features including shading, UV coating, ventilation and double glazing. It is worth taking the time to research these add-ons during your planning phase and discussing them with your chosen glazier, who should be able to offer a bespoke quote after hearing what you are after.
One of the most important reasons to have a glazier do the work on your behalf is structural. You cannot just go cutting holes in your home and expect it to stay standing. For example, a glazier may suggest installing two smaller skylights in a roof rather a single large one, as this will would better support the rest of the roof structure.
Before booking your skylight installation service you will need to decide:
The cost of skylight installation will depend on the number you want to install, their position and the features you want included. Remember, trying to do the installation work yourself in order to save money will be a false economy; a botched installation could lead to serious structural problems for your property down the line which will be much more expensive to repair.
As a general rule, you could expect to pay around £1,000 per skylight (including installation costs). While this may sound like a lot, you should take the time to consider the long term implications: not only can improved access to natural light allow you to save money on your energy bills, it can also make your home more attractive and help you secure a higher asking price by the time you come to sell.