Roof replacements are stressful enough for homeowners. When you have skylights, it adds a layer of complexity that requires real roofing expertise to execute. Let’s break down what you can do before, during, and after changing your skylights when you’re getting a new roof.

Before: Getting Ready

  1. Do I need to replace my skylight? It is almost always advisable to replace your skylights during a roof replacement. If they are less than 10 years old and we can match the flashing kit, then they could remain during your new roof replacement. Otherwise, plan on replacing these skylights during the replacement for full protection.
  2. Pick a Style: Skylights have different options such as sun shades, tints, and other considerations. These often add substantial costs to the skylight, but if your skylight will be there for 20 years, it might be worth the investment! Check out the Velux website for more details.
  3. Budgeting: Skylights done correctly require a new skylight and flashing kit. These two items together are hundreds of dollars. If you plan on $1,000 for each skylight during replacement, this should be a good number for budgeting purposes.

During: Making Changes

  1. Time It Right: Make sure your skylights are changed at the same time as your new roof. This way, you won’t have problems with leaks, and everything will stay dry. Replacing during a repair are more expensive.
  2. Let the Pros Handle It: Bird’s Eye Roofing knows how to put in new skylights. We will remove the old ones and make sure the new ones fit just right.
  3. Save Energy: Pick skylights that help you save energy. Some have special coatings that stop too much heat or sunlight from coming in. This not only helps the planet but also keeps your home comfy.

After: Enjoying the Changes

  1. Finishing Up Inside: Once the new skylights are in, check that everything inside looks good. Make sure the walls and ceilings match the new skylights. Some interior trim changes might need to be made after a skylight replacement, and might not be included with roofing work.
  2. Keep Things in Shape: Make a plan to check on your new roof and skylights every so often. Clean them and make sure they’re still working well.
  3. Enjoy More Light: Now, enjoy the new light and energy savings from your skylights. Whether it’s in your cozy living room or your sunny kitchen, your home will feel even better.

By following these simple steps, you can make changing your skylights when you get a new roof easy and fun. You’ll end up with a home that’s not just strong but also filled with more light.