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An increasingly popular trend in new and remodeled homes is using skylights to allow natural light for illumination instead of electrical lighting. Skylights come in a vast array of sizes, styles and features to meet most anyone's needs. Here are a few things to consider before purchasing a skylight:

  • Check your local building codes to determine if there are any requirements and/or restrictions on skylights
  • Most skylights are designed to fit roofs with a slope of 15 or more. Check with the manufacturer to see if the skylight will work if your roof is different
  • If the standard sizes aren't what you need, consider a custom made skylight or a tube skylight
  • Skylights placed in areas that receive a lot of sunlight during the day, such as a southern exposure, may bring more light into the house than desirable. Consider various options to reduce excessive light by using shades, blinds, or treated glass such as low-E insulating glass.
  • Determine if you want a non-opening or venting skylight. Venting skylights often have fans and remote control operation. -- and don't forget screens to eliminate unwanted bugs in the house.

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