For those who love a good view and have no light pollution, gazing through a skylight is exciting and hard to turn down. But for those who are really worried about maintenance later on, they might be more of a headache than they should be. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of skylights.

Pros

Skylights are basically windows that point straight to the sky and of course this means a lot of light would be coming into your home. They are perfect for places that don’t have windows like bathrooms. Often times, with all that sunlight streaming through the skylight you don’t have to use any other lighting at all. A Venting skylight is able to be opened to let air in. These can make an excellent addition to areas of the home that needs more fresh air. Together with your regular windows well-placed venting skylight works beautifully to create natural cooling during the summer months. Strategically placed large skylights can be a star-gazers dream come true.

Cons

You can lose a lot of heat or cool air through a skylight which can ultimately increase your utility bills. If you get a skylights with built-in shades, this can help prevent the problem, but unfortunately doesn’t eliminate it. It’s very crucial that you have proper installation, without it skylights can leak, causing damage to you home in a very short period of time. It’s also quite common for condensation to build up on skylights, which leads to more gradual water damage. Some insurance companies are aware of this and because of this a skylight in your home can drive up your premium costs. In some cases the light coming through those unique windows is too much, causing serious glare through the house. It’s important to also keep in mind the possibility of the fading of your furniture from UV rays that make their way through the glass and cause overheating.

Most people detest having a lot of maintenance to do around the home, either it’s too much hassle or they just don’t have the time. So if you’re thinking about adding skylights to your home, keep this in mind. Remember at some point you will have to work on them.