3 Reasons Why Summer is the Best Time to Repair or Install a Skylight

Perhaps no roofing feature can improve your quality of life and the enjoyment you take in your home as much as a skylight. Not only do skylights serve the practical purpose of letting more natural light in, they also add a touch of class and elegance to a house, increasing your home’s value and making it more desirable to future buyers.

While skylights have many benefits, and have long been associated with a higher standard of living, you might be surprised to learn that, especially if you live in one of the many Toronto homes designed to have a flat roof, a skylight might be more affordable than you think.

In this blog, we will outline some of the reasons why you might want to consider having Professional Roofers install a skylight (or repair your current skylights), and why summer is the best time to do so.

The Benefits of Skylight Installation

The most significant way in which a skylight improves your standard of living is, of course, by providing you with better access to natural light. In cities like Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, and Hamilton, this can make a huge difference in the winter months, when night falls early and the sun rises late.

Getting the most out of the daylight hours is especially important for those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder and need access to good light for mental health reasons, but it isn’t just people with SAD who benefit from skylights. Exposure to natural light has been shown to have a beneficial impact on everyone’s general health.

But skylights can also improve your quality life by making you less reliant on artificial light, thereby reducing your energy bills and shrinking your carbon footprint. At a time when many families are looking for ways to make their homes more energy-efficient, considering how you might reduce your reliance on electric light can help you use less electricity.

Furthermore, the architecture in large swaths of downtown Toronto makes skylights a critical solution to lack of natural light.

The neighbourhoods that sprung up along major arteries like Queen Street, Dupont, Davenport, Spadina, Dundas West, and College in the first part of the twentieth century were built with density in mind, and the long bay-and-gable designs that are such a notable part of the city’s architectural heritage restrict the amount of sunlight that can filter through to windows in the external side walls.

If you live in this kind of home, skylights might be your best bet for making sure that every room in your house gets at least some daylight.

While these are all good reasons to consider installing a new skylight or repairing your current skylights, it can be more difficult to know when the best time to do this is. If you have skylights in your home or want to explore your installation options, here are three reasons to do so this summer.

1. The Weather is Perfect

Perhaps no aspect of home improvement is as conditional on good weather as roofing is, and this is especially true when dealing with major projects like skylight installations that require parts of the roof to be removed. The last thing you want to be doing in a rainstorm is cutting a hole through your roof deck, and while the coldest months of winter might offer dry conditions, most people won’t want to have a skylight installed in sub-zero weather.

This means that if you get in touch with your local roofing company to ask about the possibility of having a skylight installed, one of the first things you’ll likely be told is that the exact timing of the installation will depend to some degree on the weather. Because the summer is the most consistently warm and dry part of the year in the Greater Toronto Area, the likelihood of being able to schedule repairs or installation between June and September are much higher.

And then, of course, there is the fact that a summer installation will allow you to enjoy the beautiful golden light of July and August right away. For this reason, if you want to know what can skylights do for your home and how you can get started on the installation process, give Professional Roofers a call today to find out more about how it works, and what you need to do.

2. You Can Get the Job Done Faster

As with any intensive home renovation, getting the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible is always going to make it more convenient and affordable. And when it comes to installing a skylight, the longer the renovation takes, the more time you will need to spend with a hole in your roof.

The good news is that under the right conditions, a skylight installation doesn’t need to take long. Depending on the style of roof you have, it can even be completed within a matter of hours or a day at most.

One of the reasons to have your installation done in the summer is that it will take far less time for one of our Professional Roofers roofing teams to prepare the roof and handle the installation, repair, or replacement than it would in the winter, or at a rainier time of year like spring or fall.

While our teams have years of roofing experience and are equipped to handle even the most challenging jobs in a fast and efficient way, arranging to have repairs made in the summer always helps ensure that the job will get done in as timely a way as possible.

But don’t take it from us: read the many reviews from satisfied customers on our website to find out just how seriously we at Professional Roofers take every aspect of Toronto roofing, from skylight repairs to full roof replacements.

3. You Can Pair Installation With Other Roofing Services

When spring comes around, many homeowners take the opportunity to have their roofs inspected for damage that may have occurred over the course of the winter months. This is usually the point at which they discover issues with their skylights as well.

Because your roof is a complete system that requires a variety of different components to work in concert in order to function properly, if you are having problems with your skylight, such as leaks or buckling, ask us about the possibility of a full consultation to see whether more comprehensive roof repairs are needed.

If other parts of your leak are roofing, simply replacing your skylight won’t be enough to actually deal with the problem, and you may notice issues persisting. In this case, the expense you went to in order to replace the skylight will have been wasted, which is why you should err on the side of caution by hiring Professional Roofers to make sure the job is done right the first time.

If you are having a skylight installed and want to pair it with more extensive roof repairs, or are having a flat roof installed and want to make a skylight part of the package, give us a call to learn more about the services Professional Roofers offers.

We specialize in flat roof installation and have extensive experience working with common flat roofing materials like modified bitumen, EPDM, PVC, and metal, which makes us the ideal Toronto roofing company to work with if you want to get the best expertise and service.

When the days get hot and summer holidays roll around, the first thing many Toronto homeowners will think of is how they can make the most of the nice weather to dive into home improvement projects. If you want to increase the value of your home while also measurably improving your own standard of living, installing new skylights, or repairing the skylights you already have, is one of the best ways to do so.

Skylights are guaranteed not only to increase your mood year-round, but they can also reduce the amount of energy you need to use, and can be much easier to install than you might believe. If the possibility of getting a new skylight this summer is something you want to explore further, get in touch with Professional Roofers for an expert consultation.

Our experienced roofers will not only be able to help you find the best way to improve your home with skylights, they can also advise you on how skylights can fit into your current roof system, and whether you should undergo other roof repairs at the same time.

Toronto is famous for its beautiful summers, but don’t forget that January is coming sooner than you might think. If you want to make sure you’ll be able to soak up as much light as possible year-round, call Professional Roofers about getting a new skylight today!

Skylight Delight

Here at Professional Roofers, we’ve been all over Toronto and the surrounding region installing roofs, repairing roofs and making sure that your homes are safe from the elements. While roofing, for the most part, is a practical business that addresses the basic necessity of keeping leaks, drafts, mold and animals out of your houses and buildings, there is also, of course, an aesthetic side to roofing that is less discussed.

While the design of a roof is up to you and your architect, at Professional Roofers we pride ourselves on offering quality affordable materials in many different colours so that you can build a highly customized roof and save money doing it! Whether it’s a shingle roof, a flat roof made up of weatherproof membranes, a metal roof or a tiled roof (rare, but not unheard of in Toronto), we can get you the supplies you need and the right workers to install it.

So you see, while we primarily concern ourselves with practical work and value-added services, we also care about the way your home looks, about your overall happiness and the curb appeal of your house. One feature that often adds a lot to the aesthetic value of a house is a skylight. In Canada, where we get so little natural light in the winter months, it is highly desirable to have extra light sources in whatever form possible. If you live in an old house or apartment with a skylight and haven’t had it inspected since the time you moved in, you may want to get in touch with us and book an appointment as soon as possible. When improperly installed or neglected, skylights can create problems related to leaking and heat loss. In our opinion, the benefits outweigh the negative, but like anything in life that is valuable, some vigilance and upkeep are required.

Because a skylight creates a gap in your roof, it is essential that it is expertly sealed and reinforced with flashing so that complications do not arise. If the installation was performed by an inferior roofing company, there is a good chance you will experience unwanted complications.

If your home lacks natural light and you’ve always wanted a skylight, we specialize in installation as well. If you want the benefits of a skylight that is perfectly integrated with your home, our expert contractors are almost certainly your best bet. These testimonials from past clients will give you some indication that we offer a superior service at competitive rates; call us up and we talk over the installation or repair so that you understand exactly what your money is going towards and so that you are satisfied with the rate.     

Skylights come in many different styles depending on your roof and your tastes. The extra warmth – literally and metaphorically – added to your house is invaluable: many people who have skylights can’t imagine life without them. When you’re cooking breakfast, lounging in your favourite reading nook or playing with your children, you’ll definitely appreciate the positive mood created by a bit of extra sunlight. Check back next month for more blog posts and skylight style tips for your roof and home!