The Process Of Installing A Skylight On A Metal Roof
Skylights are structures normally constructed on building roofs. Their purpose is to enable natural light, usually the sun, to gain entry inside a given establishment. In Australia, skylights are becoming viable options for many home designs, not only for their aesthetic appeal, but because they are seen as prime contributors in the drive towards more efficient energy consumption in the home. The idea of installing a skylight on a roof, however, is something that needs to be carefully planned. We spoke with Darren from eRoof about metal roofing best practices and got some suggestions on how to get the job done.
For starters, installing a skylight on a metal roof will require climbing to the top portion of the house and working in and around the area for several hours. As such, injuries like accidental falls are possible; thus, extreme caution should be observed. This is particularly true when bringing along several construction materials like ladders, tapes, and sealants, among other things.
In the case of metal roofing, the edges will often have sharp edges. Lacerations of varying types can be encountered so the need to wear protective gloves is a must. If possible, an assistant or a member of the household should be on standby to help out in case of emergencies.
As for the actual process of skylight installation, the first thing that needs to be identified is the size of the area where the structure is set to be placed. This will initially determine the appropriate skylight size, although a few other things will also have to be measured. The height of the ceiling also has to be considered, as well as its distance from the roof. The number of required extension tubes will depend on these findings.
Successful installation of a skylight depends largely on the tubes as these will link the roof portion of the structure to the ceiling part. In this regard, when installing a skylight on a roof, it is important that common roof obstructions such as air ducts and drain pipes are avoided. In short, route the tubes through vacant or empty roof spaces.
If this is not possible, an option is to make use of an extension tube with an angle ranging anywhere from 0 to 90 degrees. This should allow for an effective tube re-routing without necessarily re-arranging pipes that have already been pre-installed.
The tubes should be connected using an aluminum tape, but when angled tubes are utilized, self-tapping screws may have to be considered. These should provide the extra strength needed to keep the tubes firmly in place although wires and other similar materials are options worth looking into as well.
The process of installing a skylight on a metal roof may also involve some form of electrical works especially in the wiring aspect. Homeowners without any electrical work experience should not attempt to do this as the risks of electrocution are likely. It is illegal to attempt this work yourself and therefore best to hire a qualified electrician to do the job.
Some skylight products have also been especially developed to suit our distinct Australian climate. This is one other aspect of installing a skylight on a metal roof that should not be taken for granted. Ideally, try to settle for a skylight that allows natural light to flow freely but at the same time, blocks out the ultraviolet rays of the sun which have been found to be quite harmful.