How awesome would it be to put up a new skylight inside your home? You'll get more natural lighting, a breath of clean air, and seem cool. Skylight installation may sound difficult; however, a bit of work can be completed with just a couple of steps (or quicker with the assistance of an expert). Whatever the case, we'll provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to put the Skylight onto your roofing in one day. Before You Start We understand that starting with a DIY project can be thrilling; however, before you begin cutting holes into your roof, be sure to know the price of the tools, equipment, and the work required. What You'll Need To Install Your Skylight Before you purchase all the equipment that professionals use to make professional installations, we've made an inventory of the essentials that can help you complete this job without spending a fortune. Moderate expertise. You can handle certain power tools and know the best way to cut through the opening on the roof without causing harm. A person who can help you install the skylights on your roof. Skylights, of course. You can find gorgeous ones as well as the correct flashing (often available in the form of a kit for flashing) from Home Depot. Roof shingles A ladder for getting up onto the roof and a roof harness to ensure your safety. Chalk line tool Power drill Circular saw A roofing nailgun (very beneficial. However, it is also possible to use a hammer) And a high-quality knife for use in the kitchen. man putting a skylight on the roof Cost of constructing the Skylight The cost to add skylights can vary significantly based on the brand, type, and installation method for your Skylight (DIY as opposed to professional). A standard skylight starts at about $150 and increases depending on the size and features. Of course, there are more expensive options, such as Velux skylights that start at 600 dollars each. However, they have many different models, including basic skylights, to solar skylights that can open and close remotely. When you've chosen your Skylight, you must purchase the correct flashing kit, which can cost between $100-$400. When you take into account the costs of different tools and shingles, and other materials, it is expected that the total cost will begin at $400 and increase from there. If you prefer to go with a professional route, the installation cost will typically be between $500 to $3,000 based on the task. Making it your own is a fantastic way to save some money; however, it's not easy if you've never done this before. Whatever method you choose, Let's go over the steps needed to install a skylight on your house.
STEP 1 1. Cut the roof OPENING The first step would naturally first cut the opening for your Skylight. The first step is to make sure you have good weather conditions for the day. The most important thing you don't want is wind or rain to cause problems with this step. Determine where you'd like to put your Skylight and the size you would like for it. Begin from the inside and draw the measurements of your Skylight. Be sure that the Skylight is situated between the joists (if feasible) and that the appropriate header joists have been added to ensure the proper support for the window. If you're planning to install a large skylight and require cutting several roof rafters, be sure you contact an expert because this could affect the structural integrity of your Skylight or roof. Once you've got everything mapped out, make sure you drill four deck screws into the area the corners of each. The screws will mark the roof's exterior where to start. You will need to climb onto the roof and remove all the shingles 6 inches over each screw marker. After the shingles have been removed, draw 4 straight lines of chalk as guidelines for using a circular saw, which will cut the rectangular shape of the roof. man cutting an opening into an overhang for Skylight
STEP 2: INSTALL THE FLASHING After that, put your flashing across every window's sill. This will create the first barrier to keep leaks out. To ensure a proper installation, make sure you apply the self-adhesive flashing on every side and then fold the edges over to create a barrier about the length of the sill for the Skylight. Apply the sheathing on the sides with the roofing nailer. roofing professional attaching flashing to skylight installation
STEP 3 3. PLACE the Skylight After the sill is correctly installed, carefully lift your Skylight onto the roof using the assistance of a buddy or pully mechanism. Set it up carefully in its place. The Skylight should be flanged so that you can put the 1.25-inch roofing nails in intervals of a few inches to secure it into the right place. roofer placing skylight during installation
STEP 4 4. : SEALER The edges It's time to seal it. Cut the self-adhesive membrane to adhere to the Skylight's flange. It should extend beyond the edge by a couple of inches. This forms a watertight seal around the entire edge of your Skylight. It is necessary to apply this method on every side to create a second barrier to prevent leaks before you put in the step flashing and your sill. roofer seals, flashing, and seals to skylight installation
STEP 5: INSTALL SILL FLASHING The Skylight you purchased came with a U-shaped portion of flashing that you can put on the bottom of the sill. It should slide easily into the proper position, and you will be able to fix each side with your roof nailer. The final step is to set your shingles in their place by covering the flashing on your sill. It is important to note that this only needs to be put on the bottom of the skylight window.
STEP 6: INSTALL STEP FLASHING Each side will require step flashing to be put in place. The installation is done in stages, starting from the bottom upwards. Install the first l-shaped flashing piece at the top of the Skylight. Fix it with nails before covering it up with a shaggy shingle. Install the next step by flashing it over that shingle by a couple of inches. Secure it into the correct position, and then place your next shingle into its appropriate spot. Repeat these steps across both edges until you get to the highest corners. roofer attaching saddle flashing to skylight installation
Step 7: CONTERFLASHING The counterflashing will click to the spot the place you put your step flashing on both sides. This is an essential measure to ensure that rain and snow don't fall across the edges that your roof light.
Step 8: SADDLE FLASHING This flashing on the saddle is comparable to the sill flashing, but it is placed on top. It is slipped beneath the shingles that are above the Skylight and then put over the top. Fix it using roofing nails, then re-install your roofing shingles on the saddle flashing, as you've done so far, and you'll be in good shape. roofer flashing with the roofer during skylight installation
Step 9. ENJOY! With all the flashings, roofing, and skylights in place, ensure that you get back to the roof and into. It is important to double-check that everything is in good order from the inside. And should there is an open skylight, you can check that out and ensure everything is functioning properly. When everything is ready to go, it's time to begin cleaning the ceiling inside. finished skylight installation The steps we've laid out are fairly easy but require a certain amount of experience. It is always recommended to hire an expert when undertaking any task that requires getting up on the roof or doing major home repairs like cutting an opening in the roof. A single slip by an inexperienced homeowner could result in injury and accidents or destroy your home.