FixaRoof Roofing and
Construction is a full service construction and roofing company
serving the Metropolitan Tri-state area.
Skylights must be
installed properly or they will never last!.
Finding a reliable, competent,
and skilled roofer or remodeling contractor that can do all
of the work will take some time but it is by no means
impossible. If you understand some of the basic principles
by which these people work, the task is not as mystical as
it may seem. we are proud of
our work. We
want it to be perfect or nearly so and
we do not want any call-back or warranty problems.
To achieve trouble free results we
know that high quality materials are an integral part of
each project. Real professionals know that problems are
public relations nightmares and drain profits.
Skylights and roof windows are more reliable and easier to install
than ever before.
When homeowners think of a skylight, they see a solution — a way to
bring natural light to otherwise dark areas without losing wall
space or opening up unattractive views.
But when contractors think of skylights, they see potential
problems and callbacks. That's not surprising because access to
skylights to make repairs can be difficult, time-consuming, and
costly for the contractor, plus disruptive and messy for the
This dichotomy hasn't been lost on skylight and roof window
manufacturers, who've worked diligently during the past few years
to eliminate the problems that plagued some earlier models:
leakage, dripping caused by condensation in colder climates, and
overheated rooms in warmer areas.
"There are a lot of products where we say they don't make them like
they used to, but in the case of skylights and roof windows, that's
a good thing," says Craig Plekkenpol, president of Plekkenpol
Builders in Bloomington, Minn. "You can now use them with
Refinements in curb and flashing systems make current models much
more weathertight than their predecessors that relied on roofing
mastics and sealants. There are specific flashings to go with
different types of roofing, from asphalt shingles to shakes to
metal roofing to low- and high-profile tile. Flashing components
also are specific to different roof pitches. And the flashing
systems are easier to put together, making installation simpler and
Meanwhile, skylights and roof windows have caught up with their
horizontal cousins in terms of energy efficiency. Most new models
offer insulated glazing options with low-E coatings, gas fills, and
insulated spacers between glazing layers. These upgrades help
minimize dripping problems caused by condensation, manufacturers
The more energy-efficient units cut heat loss in cold climates and
heat gain in warmer regions. Tinted glazings, also called solar
control films, are available to further reduce heat gain, but they
diminish the amount of light coming in.
Another way manufacturers are lowering heat gain or loss is by
adding a movable shade or a screen to the unit's interior. These
are available in a wide array of materials, colors, and finishes,
including insulated shades and shades that completely block
sunlight. The shades and screens can be opened and closed manually
with a pole or electrically with a wall switch or remote control.
In fact, homeowners can now close the entire skylight with the
touch of a button. Electric controls allow homeowners to close
skylights using a remote control. Some models even have moisture
sensors that automatically shut the unit if it starts to rain. (Of
course, these upgrades increase the unit's cost.)
Unlike with many other products, homeowners still rely on
contractors' advice on whether to install skylights and which
brands to use, according to contractors and manufacturers. So it's
not too surprising that manufacturers are directing most product
improvements and marketing efforts specifically at contractors.
Some companies offer models that can be installed either vertically
or horizontally, increasing design options and making installation
simpler as well. Velux-America of Greenwood, S.C., for example,
puts everything the contractor needs to complete the installation —
prefabricated curbs, flashing, cant strips, nails, and clips — in
"Historically, skylights have been a pain in the neck in terms of
their effect on the flow of the construction process," says Mark
Richardson, president of Case Design/Remodeling in Bethesda, Md.
"Typically you install them after the roof has been framed, so you
have to stop work to install your skylight," he continues. "And
then your roofer has to work around the skylight, which means it
could get damaged."
Responding to this concern, Andersen, the window, door, and
skylight maker based in Bayport, Minn., now offers a skylight with
a separate frame and sash. The frame is installed first, and then
the sash goes in once the roof is finished. This skylight doesn't
cost any more than comparable models, is easier to handle, and
allows the frame to be centered in the opening without going inside
the house, according to the manufacturer.
What future improvements are skylight manufacturers working on?
They may offer a wider range of standard sizes and more models that
can be installed either horizontally or vertically. And to simplify
replacing aging skylights, they may provide more custom sizes that
will make it possible to upgrade without messing up ceilings.
All these developments, manufacturers say, will aid contractors who
are being challenged to provide customers with finished attics,
loft areas, and above-garage bonus rooms. "Even consumers with
limited budgets are demanding more living space," says Gary Hyman,
director of marketing for Velux.
If you have questions about
skylights, roof windows, skylight blinds, skylight shades, electric
skylight and accessory controls, using natural light in your home,
skylight installation, service, or any other skylight related
question, please contact Fixaroof.
through the "Contact Us" link available on this home page.