Skylights can improve your home’s lighting, energy efficiency, and overall comfort. A roofing contractor can provide you with professional installation. Additional advantages include being great for the environment and providing better privacy than standard windows. The latter is especially beneficial if the homes in your neighborhood are built within a few feet of each other.
The benefits of having a roofing contractor install skylights also extend to your home’s ventilation. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “without proper ventilation, an otherwise insulated and airtight house will seal in harmful pollutants such as carbon monoxide and moisture…” that can affect indoor air quality (IAQ). The symptoms of poor IAQ include headaches, fatigue, allergies, and sinus congestion.
Equally, skylights are a green home improvement, meaning they improve energy efficiency and reduce associated costs. Products featuring heat-absorbing tints, insulated glazing, and low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings can make a massive difference in terms of preventing heat loss during the winter and heat gain during the summer.
Skylight Design Considerations
Local Climate: It’s a good idea to select skylights based on your local climate. ENERGY STAR has established minimum performance U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings for skylights. For Colorado – a Northern climate zone – you’ll want to ensure the windows you pick have a U-factor rating equal to 0.50 and any SHGC.
Orientation: Another crucial decision you’ll need to make is where to position the skylights on your roof. Those that face to the east, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, provides significant light and solar heat gain. That gain can, as a result, help save you money on high energy costs. A steep slope will maximize savings, as well.
Framing Materials: There is a wide range of framing materials available for every budget. The best performers, though, are wood and composite. A fiberglass frame is also an excellent option. Upgrading to mounting with the correct level of insulation for your area is a good idea.
Multiple Glass Panes: Double or triple-paned glass, along with high-efficiency glazing, excels at reducing heat transfer. That can improve your energy savings and overall comfort. A roofing contractor can help you choose the best skylight for your home, roof, needs, and budget.
Contact a Professional Roofing Contractor
With more than sixteen years of experience, Jenesis Roofing, Inc. is the roofing contractor to call for all your roofing needs. We specialize exclusively in maintaining, repairing, re-roofing, and replacing residential roofs throughout Denver and the surrounding communities of Colorado.
We also install gutters, pavers, and attic ventilation systems. Contact us today at (303) 789-1505 to schedule an appointment with one of our certified roofers and receive an accurate roof repair, replacement, or skylight installation quote in writing. We are licensed and insured, as well.