Most homeowners dream of being able to add more natural light into the home—it’s a powerful resource to improve your home’s interior, even for lifting the mood. You can do this by adding a skylight, but once you consider the topic, you probably immediately begin to worry about costs. Whether for the bathroom or for a closet, you may wonder how skylights will suit your budget.
You’ll be surprised at how budget-friendly this renovation can be. But for an accurate calculation, you need to look at a couple of factors:
- Cost of the installation of the skylight
- The cost of the materials
- Money you save by installing a skylight
Skylight Installation — The Cost and the How
The cost of skylight installation includes and will be dependent on:
- Size of the skylight
- Professional labour
Because installing a skylight can be quite a complex task, it’s best to hire a professional, and that adds to cost in the short term. But their expertise is worth the investment. Your installer will need to cut through all the layers of roofing. The installers also require the proper tools so that they can work safely. Finally, their experience means they know the best location to install a skylight and exactly where to cut so they don’t do any structural damage.
Qualified and experienced professionals have been trained in these matters, so it will be easiest to ask one of them to fit your skylight. There are a lot of risks involved in attempting a DIY project which could cost you more in the long run.
Do Skylights Really Save Money?
Can a skylight save you energy costs? The simple answer is ‘Yes’. However, the extent of these savings depends on the type of skylight you install. Skylight positioning will also play an important role in how it affects your energy consumption.
If you install a skylight that has layers on top of the glass, it will keep the room cooler by diminishing the amount of heat intake. That means less HVAC use during summer!
Check with your consultant about the kind of skylight you need to install to experience benefits all year round.
Skylights — And Energy Efficient Solution
Skylights can also save money on your lighting bill. By adding skylights, homeowners are efficiently bringing natural light into the home, therefore requiring less electricity use to light their home, and fewer lightbulbs. This leads to savings on a regular basis, which will start making up for the cost you spent on installation.
What’s more, some skylight window models give you additional ventilation for your home. At the flip of a switch, the glass can close or open letting out the build-up of warm air, thus reducing cooling costs on a hot summer’s day. In this way, it has become a ‘green’ solution to the challenge of lighting AND airing your home.
Skylights and Property Values — What’s the Truth?
Skylights will definitely affect the resale value of your home—for the better. Most buyers appreciate natural light, because it causes your space to feel bigger, and positively affects your mood. This will be a drawcard for buyers should you ever decide to sell. You may even be able to increase your asking price, which is another way skylights are beneficial for your bank balance in the long term.
To sum up, when you install a skylight, you get to enjoy the psychological benefits of natural light in your home. You have better lighting in certain areas without all the costs and you can enjoy lower energy expenses. What’s more, they can make homes look sleek and modern while raising property value, which is good news for the day you sell your home.
Multiple benefits, especially for your pocket. So, why not give Belle Skylights a call? We can help you determine costs and pick the best skylight installation for your home. Contact us now on 1300 168 374.