Replacing a Skylight

What to Expect When Installing or Replacing a Skylight

Here at Ranch Roofing, we get a lot of calls about replacing skylights, the installation process, and the overall cost associated. Many homeowners believe this to be a complicated and frustrating endeavor. For a professional contractor, skylights are not a difficult process, however there is a lot involved which often looks daunting to our customers. Skylight installations are certainly not a DIY roofing project and they should never be treated as such.There are many variables that can impact a skylight installation that professionals know how to handle.

The process in replacing a skylight looks much different than installing a new one due to the need for more construction work. This is done to ensure the structural integrity of your house is not compromised. This is not to say that the process is dangerous nor difficult for a roof professional. Our trusted skylight manufacturer, Velux, shares worthwhile information regarding skylight installation.

What to Expect When Replacing a Skylight


Replacing a skylight is often an easier task than a new skylight install. This is because the roof has been constructed to specially accept a skylight frame. A rough opening has been structurally designed to ensure a watertight fit will be possible when the skylight is ultimately put in.

During this replacement process, a responsible company will cover any possessions before beginning the install to protect your items. As with a new installation, a skylight replacement will cause some mess as there is construction involved in this process. However, at Ranch Roofing, we ensure a mess free turnover once the process has been completed. The new skylight will be dropped into the existing hole. The exterior will be sealed to ensure a watertight fit. On the inside, there will be some painting and drywall work necessary to complete the job to make it cleanly match the rest of your home’s interior.

Installation of a New Skylight


Skylights are a perfect way to bring more natural light into your home. A new skylight installation looks very similar to that of a replacement once the rough opening has been created in your roof. This is the part that makes it much, much different. Depending on the size of your skylight and the location necessary, additional framing is necessary to ensure a proper, safe fit for your brand new skylight. Once that has been done, the process is near identical from installation, to waterproofing, to finally, the interior work.

Installation Cost of a Your New Skylight


For a new skylight installation, cost can vary wildly due to a myriad of different factors associated with the process. These factors include, scope of work to fit the skylight, skylight model chosen, condition of roof, as well as a myriad of other factors. Here at Ranch Roofing, we offer free estimates so you can get an understanding of costs associated with this home project. Additionally, we offer a range of skylight installation costs based on size and type of skylight.

With any questions, or for a free estimate, feel free to contact us any time.

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