If you want to make the attic a pleasant place to stay that has enough light and enough walkable space, the placement of a roof skylight must undoubtedly be considered. They are not too expensive and give a lot more light, so that the attic becomes a space in its own right. In this article you can read what possibilities exist and what are the prices and benefits of a roof skylight.
Have a ridge or skylight installed?
The choice between a roof skylight and an umbrella is not too difficult. If it’s all about creating more space, a skylight is, in fact, the only option. By installing a roof skylight, you are immediately freed from a boring oblique ceiling where you cannot get up. By placing a roof skylight here, you go directly to a large part of the walkable space. What’s more, the room becomes much lighter with windows that we can open. A roof skylight creates additional space in the house that can serve several purposes. For example, you can use the new space as a bathroom, a study, or an extra bedroom.
If you only need more light and better ventilation, installing one or more ridge is the best option. They are much cheaper than a roof skylight and easier to install. You do not gain space, but a wide ridge can already give a different view to a room.
Roof skylight prefabricated or custom?
It is possible to choose between a fixed price skylight that was prefabricated in the workshop and a custom skylight, where the roof skylight is mounted on site. An overview of the (dis) advantages:
Prefabricated roof skylights are very popular. They are available in different models and measures. In most cases, they are made of wood or synthetic material, but this differs according to the brand and the model. A prefabricated skylight is made using some preferences that you can give in the factory. Then, it can be done in a day. This is done using a crane that places the skylight. As we use synthetic materials, dormers are very light. In this way, they can be placed on most inclined roofs, without this constituting a great burden for the construction of the roof. The prefabricated skylights are applied the most in the Netherlands, but also in Belgium they become more and more popular.
– can be placed quickly (for a day);
– is light and can therefore be applied on different types of roofs;
– cheap: from 3500 to 4000 euro for a small skylight 2 meters wide;
– space benefit and a lot of extra light.