Pros and Cons of Skylights

Pros and Cons of Skylights

Skylights are increasingly popular as the quest for natural light rages on. A skylight window offers a direct pathway to sunlight to infiltrate our living spanes. But as with any design element, skylights have both benefits and disadvantages. From their ability to elevate the aesthetics of your home to the potential roof damage, we will delve into the pros and cons of skylights.

Benefits of Skylights

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If you are thinking about having a skylight installed, you need to make sure you are making an informed decision. The last thing you want is to be surprised by the ongoing maintenance and costs involved.

Natural Light in a Darker Room

Skylights allow light into rooms that can't otherwise get light. With a skylight window, you can easily bring natural light into a room that would otherwise be dark. Skylight installation is especially relevant for areas with small or no windows on the top level of your home.

Aesthetically Pleasing

A skylight provides a beautiful window and can change the atmosphere of your room. Not only will the natural light increase the appeal of your room, but a skylight window also provides a clear view of the sky which is more aesthetically pleasing than having a window looking over your neighbor's house for example.

Fresh Air

A venting skylight can provide fresh air to a room. This can help with cooling through ventilation in the summer. If you choose a venting skylight, you will want to opt for one you can easily reach.

Disadvantages of Skylights

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The cons of having a roof skylight installed are worth thinking about. Of course, if you are prepared for them and you know what to expect, it's not a problem.

Skylight are expensive

Skylight windows are expensive to install, to maintain, and they affect your energy bills. You can't get around it. They could gradually create wear and tear on your roof due to skylights being prone to leaking as well.

Potential Roof Leaks

This problem can be improved by choosing a high-quality skylight. You'll want to ensure that the skylight is also mounted above the surface of your roof. You also want to make certain a curb is installed (a raised, watertight lip that deflects water away). There should also be proper flashing and the joints should be sealed or you are sure to get a skylight leak, potentially inviting mold into your home.

Waterproofing sheets should be installed over the flanges/flashing under the finish material.

Potential Roof Damage

A large skylight could potentially damage your roof structurally. You will need to find out if you have a truss roof, these are a lot more difficult to modify. A standard roof framing can handle most kinds of skylights without a problem.


Are skylights worth it? While we tend to say yes, that's only if it is installed properly.

Above all, check with an experienced roofing company to find out what kinds of costs you are looking at when considering a skylight. Make sure they know what they are doing and that everything will be installed properly.

If you're experiencing leaking you want to make sure you get a roof inspection. It's important to always catch these things early on. Call us at 678-345-1711 for your free roof inspection today!