A skylight is an affordable, energy-efficient and eco-friendly way to bring extra light into your home. As there is no wiring involved with the skylights installation, any competent DIYer can do the job. After choosing a skylight, the first step is to cut a hole in your roof. Then you’re only a few steps away from enjoying your lighter and brighter room.
There are factory-built and custom-made skylights. Skylights can be installed on a roof without attic space. After deciding on the type and size of the skylight, you can begin the installation.
What you’ll need
- Measuring tape
- Wire coat hanger (straightened)
- Circular saw
- 2×4 boards
- Nail gun
- Utility knife
- Straight edge
- Power drill
- 8-inch wide roofing paper strips
Skylight Installation Instructions
- Inside, mark the ceiling where the center of the skylight will be and then drill a hole on this spot from inside to outside.
- Poke a straightened wire hanger through the hole to mark the spot.
- Outside on the roof, locate the wire. Take the chalk and trace the outline of the skylight using the wire as the center point.
- Cut along the chalk line with the circular saw. Keep the cut section for later use.
- Measure the distance between the ceiling joists. Using this measurement, take the circular saw and cut four pieces from the 2×4 board. These 2×4 boards will be used to support the skylight.
- Take 2 of the 2×4 lengths and attach them at the bottom of the hole to the ceiling joists using the nail gun. Repeat this with the 2 remaining boards at the top of the hole.
- Use the utility knife with the straight edge to cut the roof material 3 inches (7.5 cm) back from the hole on all four edges.
- Place the skylight in the hole. Use the power drill to secure it with the screws. Take the strips of roofing paper and insert then around the skylight under the roofing material.
- Next up attach the various flashing around the skylight. Secure the flashings to the skylight with the nail gun.