What you should know before installing skylights

Roof glazing and skylights can be used to add more natural light to a room. This can provide many benefits to your home making it brighter and more pleasant.

When choosing a skylight for an extension or for an existing room there are a number of things to consider. A professional skylight installer is essential when fitting any kind of glazing into a roof. An expert will make sure there the unit is correctly installed and uses the right type of glass.

Where should you put a skylight?

If you have a room in your house that is dark and could benefit from a skylight, the position of the glass is very important. For a new project, such as an extension, choosing the right placement for your roof glazing is very important.

Placing the glass on a north-facing elevation will provide a constant illumination which will mainly be cool. Choosing to place the glass on the south elevation can provide solar gain and energy saving benefits. While the warming effects of solar gain are attractive an expert in roof glazing and skylights will be able to provide the right type of glass that will limit damaging UV rays.

Choosing the right skylight

There are a number of things you will need to consider when choosing a skylight. A glass roof and skylights installation company will be able to provide expert advice. Some things you will want to think about include:

  • • Energy efficiency – the right type of glass can make your home more energy efficient while preventing the glass from causing the room to become too hot.
    • Vented skylights or fixed roof glazing – do you want to be able to allow air into the room through the skylight?
    • Sizing – the size of the skylight is as important as the position as this will determine how much light it will let into the space.
    • Toughened glass – will you need to walk over the roof space and potentially on the skylight? If so toughened glass will provide a break-proof solution.

Can skylights be repaired?

There are a number of things that can cause damage to skylights. If your existing roof glazing has been damaged by weather or vandalism it is important to get it repaired as soon as possible.

Damaged skylights are not only a security risk but they can potentially let rain in which could lead to further problems with damp in your home.

For emergency glass repair services in Leicester, Norman & Underwood has been the company that homeowners and businesses turn to. Our expert team of installers can come out to your home and assess the damage. Available any time of the day and throughout the year, our experts can help re-secure your premises.

If possible we will provide a replacement roof glazing unit or glass for the skylight immediately. However, if this is not an available option we can board up the damaged area to keep your home secure while the replacement skylight glass is made.

For new skylights and roof glazing or replacement roof glass, contact us today.