Adding a skylight to your home is something a lot of people probably would like to have.
However, you don’t see many homes with skylight today. But even if your home doesn’t come with one already, installing skylights is definitely doable and a great project to take on.
In fact, even the simplest home depot skylight will make the perfect addition to your sunroom.
Imagine feeling the bright, beautiful day sun shining down through your ceiling and into your favorite room of the house or even your workplace. It’s a refreshing, inspiring, and warming experience. There’s really no reason why you wouldn’t want more sun in your indoor environment.
But little do people know how to install a skylight. If you are one of those people, look no further. Here is the step by step guide that you need to teach you exactly how to install your new skylight.
Step #1 – Take into consideration the sun’s path
The whole purpose of adding a skylight into your roof is to fill your room with more sunshine, making it feel bigger, brighter, and more airy.
This means that taking into consideration the sun’s path is a vital step in the process of installing your skylight.
Before deciding where you want to put the roof opening, first determine where the sun shines in the most. This is the area where you want to install your skylight, as it will give you the most sunlight.
Additionally, it is important that your skylight has some way of ventilation, meaning that it won’t overheat. Many skylights already come with an automatic ventilation system that allows heat to escape.
However, if your skylight doesn’t come with this luxury, you can always take it to a manufacture who sells shades or Venetian blinds which can be easily operated via remote controls.
Step #2 – Carve out the opening of your skylight
Now that you have figured out the best spot for your roof opening, it is time to make the first move and cut out the hole.
When purchasing your skylight, either an individual manufacturer or instructions manual will give you specific instructions as to how to cut out your hole.
Of course, it is extremely vital that you take their advice and do exactly as you are told, especially when carving out a hole in your own roof.
Start the process by drilling in what is called a “locator hole” from the inside. The purpose of this is to mark where you want the center of the skylight to be.
To cut the opening, use a circular saw. Obviously, this requires being on the roof as well.
Step #3 – Remove the roof shingles and add in the skylight
The next step is to cut out the roof shingles, about 3 inches back from the opening on all four sides of the skylight.
The tools best fit for this process is a utility knife and a straightedge for proper and accurate measuring.
Finally, you need to attach the skylight, with the center being found at the locator hole you drill in earlier.
Secure it with either nails or screws, mounting it to the roof.
Step #4 – Place underlayment beneath the shingles
Under the shingles, place strips of roofing paper that measures approximately 8 inches wide.
After this is when the installment process will truly begin.
Proceed to install all the sides, bottom piece, and the top of the skylight.
The purpose of this process is to protect your skylight from water. With the addition of these slips, water will spread across the roof and shed like it is supposed to rather than seeping in.
It is advised to use a flat pry bar to place the underlayment beneath the shingles, as this is one of the hardest tasks of installing the skylight.
Step #5 – Step flashing and the bottom
The bottom flashing is a piece of the skylight that rests on top of the shingles and around the skylight, wrapping partway around the skylight.
To install this, simply add flashing nails or roofing into the skylight in a horizontal position, making sure that they are not vertical or into the roof.
Step #6 – Drive in the sold flashing parts
The final step is to install the solid flashing pieces into your skylight.
The purpose of these parts is to ensure that water doesn’t seep into your skylight via the step flashing and the skylight itself.
To do so, first add and install the bottom piece, and then proceed with the sides. Finally, install the top, which is located beneath the roofing and is attached to the skylight.
A skylight is the perfect addition to your home or workspace.
A skylight provides for more brightness and airy feeling to a room, and also makes it feel a lot brighter and more spacious.
Adding a skylight will help fuel your brain to get inspired while also relaxing your soul.
With the sun constantly pouring down through your roof, you get to experience nature on a whole new level every minute of the day.
(With your new skylight welcoming more sunlight indoors, your home is now more hospitable to indoor plants. Why not add plants indoors to add more oxygen and life to your home? Check out our post on the best indoor hanging plants for your house.)