Having a skylight installed in your loft is a desirable feature that many of us want in our homes. It brings light into a space that would otherwise be small and dark, and it can be a way of saving money on electricity costs. However, to make sure that a skylight really is for you, here are some things you should know so that you’re fully prepared beforehand.
The first thing to do is to check that you don’t need planning permission and that you’re able to follow building regulations when having the skylight installed. Although planning permission shouldn’t be a problem, it’s always best to double check just in case. In terms of building regulations, it’s important to remember that there are rules on how much glass an individual property is allowed to have in terms of safety. Do your research beforehand, and you won’t have any issues later on.
The next thing to consider is where you’re actually putting the skylight. There’s no point in having it in a place where it doesn’t actually do its job, so take into account the fact that the sun will move throughout the day. To really make the best use of it, you want to put into a place where it can give the room the most natural light all day long, not just for a few hours. South facing is probably your best bet.
A worry that often goes along with having a skylight installed is that too much natural light will be coming in. That’s why it’s vital you think about the quality of the skylight that you’re having installed. Have you thought about UV coating? This could be really beneficial to stop the room from feeling too stuffy and too bright from the sun’s rays that will be directly beaming down on it.
When it comes to getting a skylight, there are two different types which you can get installed- fixed and vented. It all depends on whether or not you want to be able to open it or not. On one hand it could be nice to let in air on warm days, but on the other hand you might prefer to have the skylight as purely a source of light. It’s up to you!
Finally, it could be worth thinking about the insulation of the skylight, especially with the bad weather that’s guaranteed to come our way soon! A worthwhile investment would be to buy skylight blinds. Despite the initial costs, they could be a real asset in the long run. A slightly cheaper option would be to get an insulation board which you could fit into the well of the skylight when needed.
If done properly, a skylight really does add something special to your home. What’s not to love?