Having a skylight installed in your home not only creates a more aesthetically beautiful, well ventilated and light filled space to live in, it can also make it extremely attractive to potential buyers should you ever wish to sell your property. Furthermore, many people who need the additional space for things like an office or study when they might not have enough spare rooms will often choose to have their loft or another area of the house converted to create an additional work or recreational space or even an extra bedroom and a skylight can really help in these situations. There are, however, certain things you should consider before having a skylight installed:
Energy performance is one of the most critical aspects in choosing to have a skylight installed. A well situated and professionally installed skylight will enable you to keep your heating and lighting costs down by making full use of the suns’ rays. You may live in a climate where you want it to provide you with additional ventilation capabilities when the weather’s extremely hot. Therefore, you’ll want to choose one which will also let the most air permeate through your house whilst at the same time, preventing the sun from adding to the interior temperature. This can be achieved with removable covers made specially to fit the skylight or by simply installing some blinds or curtains which run on ceiling fixed tension rods.
Additionally, you’ll want to situate your skylight where it’s most practical but you’ll also want it to maximise the amount of time it will enable you to benefit from the increased amount of daylight hours in the late spring and summer months. This will also enable you to keep costs down in terms of the number of lights you’d need to switch on and the length of time you’d need them on.
Professional skylight manufacturers and fitters will be able to give you sound advice on the best type of skylight to suit your needs and it’s worth shopping around, getting a few quotes and also gauging different opinions from several companies first.
Besides the practical and energy saving considerations, you need to find a style that fits in with the surrounding room. It is always best to look to your existing window frames for inspiration in order to create a cohesive feel. So if your other windows have a dark wood frame then choose the same for your skylight. Of course, if the skylight is being installed in a loft, you will probably not have any other windows, in this scenario it wise to look to the main items of furniture as guide in terms of colour and material type.
For skylight coverings such as curtains and blinds, instead look to the soft furnishings and general colour scheme for inspiration and guidance. For example, matching the curtains to the colour of your carpet or bedspread will ensure a harmonious finish- something that is very important in a bedroom or study where a relaxed atmosphere is desirable.