Have you been counting the number of years your roof has served you? Are you looking to replace your tired, worn-out shingles any time now? Well, if you are, whether the reason is for aesthetics or even for more practical reasons like repair, have you considered installing skylights?
A new roof might do well to improve the energy-efficiency or insulation quality of your home, but skylights will even make your home more efficient. Energy.gov explains how:
Skylights can provide ventilation as well as light. Ventilating a building with an operable skylight releases the hot air that naturally accumulates near the ceiling. Ventilating skylights usually open outward at the bottom, and some units vent through a small, hinged panel. Skylights may be opened manually with a pole, chain, or crank. Automated units with electric motors or pneumatic devices are also available. Some models incorporate moisture sensors to automatically close the skylight when it rains. Larger skylights that can be used as emergency exits are sometimes called “roof windows” and are located within a few feet of the floor.
Yes, you get the best of both worlds with a skylight. Your “upgraded” Des Moines roofing can better provide ventilation and the skylights can add comfort and aesthetic appeal to your home. Moreover, with its energy-efficiency features, skylights can provide natural light that will reduce the amount of time that you turn on your electric lighting, significantly reducing your power consumption. Here’s a bonus, you can get picturesque views of the night sky on some clear summer nights.
PS: Did you know Skylight roofs also come in a variety of styles? You can choose from fixed, remote control tilting, ventilating skylight, and solar tube tubular. Call us a Tedrick’s Roofing Des Moines now and we promise that, with a lovely skylight, your roof will never be the same again.
(Article Excerpt from Skylights, energy.gov)