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There are many reasons why homeowners would want a skylight installed in their roof. They tend to open up small rooms and offer unique views. Regardless of the reason behind installing a skylight, there are a number of different things homeowners should consider before going through with the installation. If homeowners are thinking of putting in a new skylight or having a current one replaced, they can contact a Kent roofing expert to determine the best way to proceed.

Many different companies make skylights, and there are two typical styles that homeowners can choose from: a standard sealed skylight or a self ventilating skylight. The type of skylight installed depends on how it will be used. It is also important to consider how it is installed.

There are a few things homeowners need to have in place before the installation actually begins. Before making plans with a contractor, homeowners should first check the weather forecast to ensure clear weather during the installation process.

The placement of a skylight is more than just where a homeowner might want it to be. They need to take into consideration where their home's rafters are, and it is always a good idea to have the blueprints of the home handy to avoid any sort of problems once the installation begins.

When purchasing the flashing kit for this project, homeowners need to know the slope of the roof in which the skylight is going to be installed.

The expert roofers at Chase NW of Kent WA can assist you with any questions regarding commercial roofing or roof repairs.

It is also a good idea to purchase some sort of waterproof flashing. This is an extra layer of flashing that is attached to the flashing that comes in the kit. The purpose of this step is to help divert any sort of water or ice flow away from the skylight, especially if the homeowner is using a self ventilating skylight. Once all of this is prepared and accurate, the skylight installation process is ready to begin.

When preparing to start the installation, homeowners should first remove all sheathing covering the inside of the roof. Once this step is complete, they will need to drive four nails up into the roof from inside the home. Each of these four nails should be positioned where the four corners of the skylight will be. Making sure that the nails are driven all the way up through the shingles is important. They are meant to be a cutting guide of where the skylight will be placed. After this is complete, the shingles within the perimeter of the four nails should be removed from the roof before cutting. It is now time for the actual cutting and installing to take place.

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