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A skylight can be a great addition to any room within your home. You could use it to brighten up a living room that doesn't currently have the best lighting or could add one to your bedroom to get some natural heat in the space and save on your monthly energy bill. If you're interested in getting a skylight and want to do it as cheaply as possible than you might be looking to install it on your own. This can be a complicated process and you should make sure you know what you're doing before you get started. Here are some tips that should help you along the way.
In terms of supplies you will need the skylight, 2x4 planks of wood to create the frame for the window, finishing supplies, roofing paper and nails, step flashing and drywall. The tools that you will require are a circular saw, flat pry bar, a hammer, tin snips and a utility knife. If you don't do home improvements often and you don't own a saw than you might be able to rent one from your local hardware store. If you do not know what a hammer or saw is used for, it might be best to consider bringing in a professional renovation company.. You cannot go wrong with years of experience!
The roofing paper and the metal flashing will need to be installed correctly if you're going to prevent leaking and have a skylight that's energy efficient. There are lots of professionals who do this sort (as mentioned above) within your community and if you're not someone with keep carpentry skills than you might consider hiring one of them. Doing it incorrectly and needing to have the work fixed is going to be more costly than having someone do the job right in the first place.
The first thing you're going to have to do is cut and frame the opening where the skylight will be placed. Take some time to decide where the best spot for it is in the room and make sure that it won't get too much light throughout the day. There should be manufacturer's instructions that come with the window to help you with this process. You will then need to cut back the roofing and attach the skylight into place. The last step is to install the flashing. If you are determined to do this on your own than you might be able to find someone in your area that has done it before and could guide you through the process. You can also visit Houselogic for tips on Skylights.