5 Common Myths About Skylights

skylight above stairwell

Beams of natural light illuminating your home’s rooms. Breathtaking views of the winter night sky or technicolor treetops. Cool breezes on spring afternoons. Traditional skylights placed properly can achieve these transformative benefits in your home’s larger, more open areas.

Just looking to bring some concentrated sunlight to a smaller area of your home? Do you have interior spaces like hallways, lofts, or smaller rooms that would benefit from natural light? A sun tunnel, a rigid or pitched cylindrical skylight, can brighten these smaller areas, making the spaces more livable, saving you money and reducing your carbon footprint.

Choosing the right product for your needs and installing it properly are the keys to making your life a little brighter. You’ll want to consult an expert for advice, and PJ’s Roofing is here to help.

There’s plenty of misinformation out there about skylights, so start by reading a few articles that will help you separate fact from fiction.

This post summarizes the 5 most common myths about skylights:

Skylight Installation is a Nightmare

Modern skylights don’t require custom fitting between rafters and joists. No major ceiling or wall repairs are needed. Instead, newly-designed skylights fit between your home’s framing components using adjustable tubes, angle adapters and a patented fastening system. In the hands of a factory-trained installer, the process is most often trouble-free.

Skylights Need Constant Maintenance

Leaves and other debris do build up on flat panel systems, but skylights with newer design features, like domed panels, are self-cleaning. Their impact-resistant, completely sealed assemblies have no moving parts that need maintenance or repair, giving homeowners no reason to climb up onto the roof for an inspection.

All Skylights Will Eventually Leak

Earlier skylight designs weren’t as water-tight as the modern versions, nor were they always installed with as much knowledge as reputable roofers like PJ’s have today. The innovative systems PJ’s recommends have leading edge moisture controls, including water-tight features that shed rain water, protecting your home from water damage over the long haul.

Skylights Allow Excessive Sun, Causing Interior Damage

Most people enjoy the benefits of the natural light a skylight brings into a home, but too much sunlight can cause furniture, rugs, and other finishes to fade. Now that modern skylights are designed with features that filter out these damaging UV rays, homeowners can enjoy glare-free, even natural light without concern for damage to furniture and finishes.

Skylights Aren’t Adjustable

Modern skylights and sun tunnel systems are engineered for top-notch thermal performance and highly rated by Energy Star for their ability to allow natural light while not causing heat loss in the winter or heat gain in the summer. Concerned about too much natural light flooding in if you’d like to sleep late or watch television during the day? Many skylight systems that PJ’s recommends come with a “daylight dimmer” that allows homeowners to adjust the amount of natural light with the flip of a toggle switch.

Ready to bring more natural light into your home? Reaching out to PJ’s Roofing, a full-service roofing contractor in Frederick, MD with years of experience recommending and installing skylights and sun tunnels, is a great place to start!