Especially in the winter months, when exterior home improvement projects are slow, you may find more businesses offering ‘skylight’ services, whether it be installation, replacement or repair.
Contractors, remodelers, roofers and handy-men may, in fact, have sufficient experience with skylights to do the job right every time. However, please do not make the mistake of assuming that.
Take the time to determine if the person or company you are hiring is well-versed in EVERY aspect of skylights, so nothing about your project is guesswork.
We’ve heard people say, “How hard can it be, isn’t it just a few screws?”…referring to a skylight replacement.
In the world of VELUX skylights today, it CAN be very technical these days. There are literally hundreds of skylight options…sizes, fixed units, venting units, electric units, solar units, and types of glass…not to mention hundreds of blind and shade options.
Quite often, a homeowner does not even know what questions to ask to determine if they have found the right contractor for their job. However, there are ways to make the best choice.
Here are just a few skylight questions you should ask to determine if you are working with an expert. (Some may not apply to your job, but it may be worth inquiring just to hear if you get a quick, thorough and intelligible answer):
1) What type of skylight is appropriate for this project? Curb-mount? Deck-mount? And why?
2) Can you explain to me the benefits of glass v. acrylic? Can you explain the energy efficiency of each?
3) What types of glass is available?
4) What flashing will be used? Engineered or self-made? Benefits or one over the other?
5) Tell me about the benefits of venting units? Electric v. solar?
6) What are the warranties on the different brands and types of skylights? What is your labor warranty?
7) Tell me about all the options, styles and colors of blinds and shades available.
8) Is there anything about my particular job that is unique or particularly challenging?
9) What professional credentials do you have? Are you a certified VELUX dealer or installer? What training did that require? Do you have a Kansas Roofing Contractor’s license? Are you insured?
10) Where can I read customer reviews of your SKYLIGHT work besides your website? Angie’s List? Home Advisor? Others?
Please remember, if your potential contractor cannot easily answer all of your questions during your consultation, find someone who can. “I don’t know” or “I will look into that” should raise red flags for you. The main reason homeowners have issues with skylights is due to improper installation or workmanship, NOT a physical defect in the unit.
Being careful on the front end of your project will ensure many, many years of all the benefits a skylight will provide!
Please call if you have any questions or would like to get started on your skylight plans!