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 roofing 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. After all, there are too many variables that impact a skylight installation, which require experienced professionals to handle.
The process in replacing a skylight looks much different than installing a new one. For example, new skylights require construction and carpentry work. This step ensures the structural integrity of your house remains in tact with the architectural design. To help, our trusted skylight manufacturer, Velux, shares worthwhile information regarding skylight installation and info on skylight repairs or replacements.
What to Expect When Replacing a Skylight
Replacing a skylight is often an easier task than installing a new skylight. Why? The original roof design includes 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 roofing company will cover any possessions before beginning the install to protect your items. As with a new installation, a skylight replacement creates a big mess during the process. However, at Ranch Roofing, we ensure a mess free turnover once the process has been completed. The new skylight fits into the existing hole. Next, the roofing team seals the exterior and ensures 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.
New Skylight Installation
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.
New Skylight Installation Costs
For a new skylight installation, cost 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
Additionally, experienced roofing contractors examine a myriad of other factors upon looking at your roof and understanding the scope. However, trusted roofing professionals, like Ranch Roofing, offer free estimates. The estimate process helps our team understand your goals, while homeowners learn about the 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.