Skylight Installation Syracuse, NY

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Being a professional roofer means you need to know everything there is to know about roofing. That also includes everything about skylight installation! With Melo Roofing, you will get professional, quality services always!

We are a local, veteran-owned company that specializes in all things roofing. With over 15 years of experience, you are guaranteed to get only the best service. Whether you are looking to add a new skylight to an existing roof, replace the one you have, or add it into the plans along with your roof replacement, we got you covered.

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Skylight Types and Functions

Many factors are to be considered when deciding what type of skylight you would like to have in your home. There are 5 main functions which include vented (manual, electric), fixed or tubes.

The structure or type of skylight also has to be decided. When making your decisions, the experts at Melo Roofing will assist you all through the decision process to make sure you will be satisfied with the end result.

Skylight Types and Functions

Many factors are to be considered when deciding what type of skylight you would like to have in your home. There are 5 main functions which include vented (manual, electric), fixed or tubes.

The structure or type of skylight also has to be decided. When making your decisions, the experts at Melo Roofing will assist you all through the decision process to make sure you will be satisfied with the end result.

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Skylight Functions

  • Fixed Skylights - Does not open, can offer a view
  • Vented (manual) - Opens with a crank handle, can offer a view
  • Vented (electric) - Opens using a remote control, switch, or an app that can offer a view
  • Vented (solar) - Open using a remote using solar-powered energy, can offer a view
  • Tubes - Used for added light in the space, unable to see out and do not open

Skylight Types

  • Deck-Mounted - New, and updated design which lay closer to the roof. Often found to be more energy efficient with a sleek, low profile. 
  • Curb-Mounted - Sits higher up on the roof using a box-like structure to sit the skylight on. This style can be easier to replace if necessary since there often isn't a need to replace the flashing kit (if still in good condition).

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Changes in Energy Efficiency after Skylight Installation

Believe it or not, skylights can change the energy efficiency in your home. Your roof is your main protectant from outdoor temperatures. In the summer, the roof helps reflect the sun to keep the temps cooler during warmer months. During the cooler months, the insulation in the roof helps keep your home warmer. 

When you cut an opening in the roof and add a window you are changing the way your roof regulates temperature in your home. Following a couple of “rules of thumb, you can maximize your energy efficiency after a skylight installation by Melo Roofing. If you’re not sure, our experts will help you out.


Tips for Perfect Positioning of Your Skylight


North Facing

Skylights that are north facing will have a constant light shining through, however no direct sun rays during peak time. Without the peak sun heat, a cooler exposure will be present.

South Facing

The southernmost areas of a home will be in sunlight for the most amount of hours in a day. Having skylights could be beneficial in the winter allowing in more heat, however, in the summer can serve to be extremely warm.

West Facing

With the setting sun each day, warm rays will shine through west-facing skylights. A roof window in this direction will get direct sun the second half of the day and can help keep the area warmer going into the evening hours.

East Facing

With the rising in the East, skylights in this direction will experience a bright morning. As the sun rises, so will the temperatures, potentially making the room warmer than others.

Another thing to keep in mind is if you have large trees around your home. The Syracuse, NY region has beautiful leafy trees that could potentially block the sun or even the view you might have from the skylight. The pitch and slope of your roof may also need to factor into your skylight installation. Melo Roofing can provide the best options for the best efficiency.
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Melo Roofing’s Skylight Installation Process

Skylight Installation

Typical skylight installation takes place in two phases. Phase one occurs on the roof and phase two occurs inside. Check out our process below. 

Phase One

Step1 - Plan with our professional installation team the best place and type of skylight you should have installed. Our team will handle any permits required as well and make sure all local codes are followed.

Step 2 - Mark the general location for the new skylight. This will include finding rafters and studs. Using a chalk line is easier when cutting the rough opening. We will make an opening that will be slightly larger than the window itself and this will allow room for the skylight box and the flashing kit.

Step 3 - Frame out the area and set the flashing around the frame/sil. The flashing will help create a barrier between the roof and the skylight making sure water does not leak through.

Step 4 - Skylight installation occurs. Having another crew member inside the home, we will lower the skylight into the frames out space. The window will be nailed down with roofing nails to make sure it is secure.

Step 5 - Seal the outside of the skylight. Using a similar barrier around the sides will allow for an added layer of protection from the outdoor elements.

Step 6 - Add a new layer of flashing and shingles around the skylight. These layers will help seal out wind and rain from the skylight giving an overall better barrier to the skylight.

Phase Two

Step 1 - Check the seal and make sure no air or water is leaking through the fully installed skylight.

Step 2 - Add new drywall to the ceiling. There may have been areas that cracked or were cut wider than needed on the inside, so adding new drywall may be required. A new coat of paint will be added to new drywall or touchups to the existing ceiling.


Skylight Installation Costs


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Skylight installation costs can vary depending on the type of skylight if you're having it installed on an existing roof or a new roof, and how steep the roof is. On average, skylight costs can range anywhere from $1,200 to $5,000. Melo Roofing offers free estimates which will include materials, warranty, and labor.

If you are looking to have a skylight added to your existing roof, the costs could be higher due to the extra labor required to cut the hole and re-flash and shingle the area. If you are having your roof replaced, the charges may be less since it can be included in the cost of the replacement.

Pros & Cons of Skylight Installation

We have compiled a list of pros and cons to having a skylight installed in your home. Some have come from other clients, and some come from our professional team. Before making the home improvement decision, you should check out our list first. 

Melo Roofing can help you decide what may be best if you are still unsure. Call or email today!

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Skylight Pro’s

  • Lots of natural light and solar heat
  • More fresh air with venting skylights
  • Savings on heating and energy
  • Added value to your home
  • Can make a room appear bigger
  • Adding a view to the room

Skylight Con’s

  • Poor quality equipment lacking warranties
  • Improper placement of the skylight
  • Bad or incorrect installation
  • DIY went wrong
  • Additional costs for repairs or new installation
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Choosing to have a skylight installed requires a lot of thought and a bunch of decisions. The Melo Roofing expert skylight installation team will help you through the whole process. From deciding what kind of skylight you’d like to where it should go, we are with you. 

Your skylight installation process should only take a day or two, then you can finally enjoy that view you’ve been wanting for so long. When you call Melo Roofing, you're only going to receive top-quality services from our local team. Don’t wait and get your free estimate today!

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