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Denver Roofing: Article About Considerations When Adding Skylights

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Adding a skylight is one of the best ways to increase the amount of light inside a home. A skylight also can allow for a better view of certain areas. Installing a skylight is not an easy task. Many factors must be considered to install a skylight properly if homeowners want to avoid leaks and other problems. If homeowners choose not to go the DIY route, Denver roofing contractors have experience in skylight installation and repairs.

The first step is to determine the location for the skylight. In colder climates, the south area of a roof is recommended so that a greater amount of natural sunlight may enter during the winter months. It also should be located in an area that will not interfere with any other vents that might be located on the roof.

Measuring should be performed carefully to ensure the opening is big enough. Making too small an opening could result in the need for additional cutting, while too large of an opening could leave a gap that would cause the skylight to leak.

Shingles must be removed prior to cutting the opening. When doing so, it is important to inspect the condition of any decking or roofing felt that might be underneath. If these components are damaged, this could indicate the roof is not structurally sound enough for a skylight.

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Further repairs could be needed before installing one.

When cutting an opening, it's important to be aware of the location of electrical, telephone or cable wires. In fact, cutting off electricity to the home is recommended so that if an individual does inadvertently cut a wire, he or she will not be injured.

Creating an opening may require cutting through a rafter. If cutting through a rafter is needed, extra precautions must be taken to ensure that doing so does not compromise the structural integrity of the roof. Additional braces may sometimes be needed to compensate for this.

After making the correct opening, a frame that the skylight will attach to must be constructed. The first step in framing involves constructing the headers, which are used to create the border. Next, the headers must be secured at the joists to ensure this frame is solid.

Finally, the right flashing should be placed around the skylight so that water cannot seep in from around its edges. This is a step that many people often forget, but is nonetheless very important. Those who are unsure as to any step involved in skylight installation should not attempt this project themselves, but instead should contact a professional for assistance.

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