Skylights are greatly wonderful additions to any home. You’ve seen pictures of them spread across social media permitting homeowners to watch the stars at night in their bedrooms or enjoy looking at clouds from their beds. With the visible luxury it brings to any home, most ask if they can help increase the resale value of a home.

The truth is, yes they can. Skylights are a luxury and give any property a modern look. If you have an aging roof, you can choose to use new materials to improve its quality or build skylights to give it a fresh and attractive look from the curb. Even Consumer Affairs lists it as one remodeling objective that is sure to increase your property resale value.

Remodeling idea 3: Install skylights

An indoor home renovation can improve your life while increasing your home’s value. For instance, natural light is a big selling point for homebuyers. Adding Energy Star-qualified, no-leak skylights can increase your home’s efficiency and appeal to potential buyers. As an added benefit, natural light does wonders for your mood and your energy bill.

If you’re looking to let in some fresh air, solar powered fresh-air skylights improve indoor air quality and air flow. They are battery operated, charged by solar power, to automatically open and close the skylights. They have a built-in rain sensor which shuts the skylights automatically when rain is detected. Add solar-powered blinds and you’ll see a 45 percent boost in your home’s energy performance rating.

Here’s another perk: Solar powered skylights, blinds and any installation costs are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit. Under the Emergency Stabilization Act of 2008 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, “solar electric property” expenditures are eligible for a tax credit through 2021.

If you get solar powered skylights installed, you should:

  • Keep your receipts for total price paid (product and installation).
  • Fill out IRS tax form 5695 and submit it with your taxes.
  • Enter the tax credit on form 5695 on your 1040 form. (Continued here)

However, just like every roofing material has its own shortcomings, skylights aren’t completely infallible. Surely, they’ve got their value-adding advantages that your would-be buyers will enjoy. However, if you aim to be transparent (which helps increase the chances your property gets purchased), you must brief them on some areas homeowners must cope with when owning skylights in a home too.

Rescue Roofing Specialists has a great breakdown on the advantages and disadvantages of skylights on roofs.

Why Use Skylights?

Skylights are a good investment, if your desire is to enhance the aesthetics of your home. They will provide an impressive amount of natural light while giving you a snapshot of the night sky. And like many other architectural enhancements, skylights can add to the resale value of your home.

Skylights can also provide natural ventilation, providing you have the hinged-style so that you can open the window up to let air in. Skylights operated via remote are best as this makes it easy to quickly close the window if something (smell, rain or even loud noise) unpleasant is outside your home. You can even get skylights that have rain sensors and automatically close in case of a storm.

Disadvantages of Skylights (Continued)

If you want to make money, you must spend it. Skylights bring home natural light and help save energy in properties. However, this glass barrier, which is thick and offers excellent durability and insulation, is quite expensive. Additionally, their installation requires experienced and professional Calgary AB skylights contractors for a proper installation. In doing so, you prevent all possible leaks and gutter issues from arising.

House Logic has a great article on skylights’ costs and installation process.

Costs, Tips and Other Factors Involved When Installing Skylights

A skylight magically transforms interior space with cascading light, but the costs of installing skylights might outweigh the advantages.

Skylights are a popular option for bringing natural light into a home. Even a single skylight can transform a room, adding 30% more light than a window and bathing interiors with balanced, energy-saving light.

At first glance they seem inexpensive: A quality 2-by-4-foot skylight and flashing kit costs $150 to $500. However, installation adds another $500 to $3,000 to the project cost — good reason to carefully evaluate whether a skylight is right for you.

Until recently, roof slope was a determining factor for skylight installations. Roofs that were too flat or too steep required special installation techniques. Most modern skylights, however, include flashing kits and installation procedures that permit use on all types of slopes.

Most skylights are intended for asphalt shingles; you’ll have to pay extra for flashing to suit metal or tile roofing.

How to Decide if Your Home is Right for a Skylight

Is your roof framed with trusses? Truss framing is typically 24-inch on-center, which accommodates a 2-foot-wide skylight (they’re actually 22.5 inches wide). However, if you need to cut into a truss for a wider skylight (they can range up to 4 feet wide and 6 feet long), you’ll have to hire a structural engineer to spec alternative framing. Costs for engineering run from $300 to $500.

Is the attic space clear? Once you have an idea where you’d like to add a skylight, check the attic for any HVAC, wiring, or plumbing in the way. (Read full post)

If you need a professional Calgary AB roofing company to install your new skylights on a new house or an aging roof, you can definitely depend on No Payne Roofing. We have been serving countless properties across the area for decades. Contact us today!