Post # 1
My parents’ bathrooms in their townhouse have skylights. So does my MIL’s family room. I love the extra light. But I’m also paranoid that they’ll leak water or increase your energy bills from releasing heat. My MIL also had to have hers replaced and it was expensive. So are they worth upgrading to in the future? Any bees care to share their experiences with them?
Post # 3
My parents added skylights when they built their forever home in 2001. They have never had an leak problems or any trouble with them. I think they’re really nice, and I wouldn’t be opposed to having them. It ” fits” the style of their house, though. It’s very open with lots of natural light anyways and vaulted ceilings.
Post # 4
I like the look of them, but have never met anyone who hasn’t had trouble with leaks. That would be my only point of contention.
Post # 5
We have skylights in our upstair bathrooms and I looove the extra light. Haven’t had any problems.
Post # 6
There were skylights in the living room of the house I rented before I moved in with my husband. It was…interesting. They got SO LOUD in the rain, but that could also possibly be because it was a rental house and the owner didn’t care about super high quality, I dunno. Scared the crap out of my poor dog, she refused to enter the living room during a storm. They’re pretty and I loved the light, but I wouldn’t choose to put them in any future house.
Post # 7
@misspeanut: My grandma used to have skylights in some of the guest rooms in her old house, and those skylights were super loud in the rain too!
I wouldn’t want them because they are almost impossible to clean (unless you really want to get up on a ladder that frequently) and they always have dust and just gunk from the elements on the outside. If I had a cleaning lady sure, but otherwise the natural light isn’t worth the maintenance for me.
Post # 8
I lived in a house with a skylight for 11 years without any issues with it. I now have a slylight in my 60 year old house. I have no idea if its been replaced, but I have never had issues with them.
Post # 9
We have eight skylights in our house and only a problem with one! The extra light is great and laying in bed looking at the stars at night is also great! Go for it!
Post # 10
My best friends just spent $3000 fixing 2 leaking skylights in their kitchen. So for me, not worth it.
I wouldn’t want them in a bedroom because it’s really hard to block out the light while sleeping.
Post # 11
I think it depends. We’ve had skylights in my childhood home with basically no leaks or problems. On the other hand, we’ve toured houses recently that have leaking skylights. I would consider getting electrical blinds/covers for them because there are going to be times where you may not want it super bright (e.g. bedroom skylights).
I love the mid-century modern and modern homes with a ton of light coming in from both windows and skylights, so I would still get them despite the extra upkeep!
Post # 12
We have sky lights and I love it. And I don’t think the rain is loud, I love the pitter patter. We’ve only been in our house for a year but there were no leaks or replacements reported on the paperwork and we haven’t had any problem. All in all it’s just a window at a slant! My parents built their house in 1986 and it has sky lights, other windows have leaked but not those that i know of.
Post # 13
My grandparents house had/has them and they lived there for 20+ years with no issues. I think they had to recaulk them now and again. That house is also in Wisconsin so there was always a ton of snow and it didn’t seem to be a problem (although for a few days after a snowfall they would be covered in snow of course). I love light and I would put them in in a heartbeat.
Post # 14
Just like all other windows they will need to be replaced eventually. I personally wouldn’t like them in a main room. Bathrooms sure. I used to sell blinds and alot of people came in to buy a blind to cover up the light when they rearranged the room and now got blinded by it, or just got sick of them. And it’s expensive.
Post # 15
I love the extra light, but they’re hard to clean (not that you have to clean them often, but still… it’s not like a regular window). Just don’t put them in a bedroom (eventually you’ll want to take a nap during the day, and there’s no stopping the light)!
Post # 16
I had skylights in my home growing up & we never had any issues with them however our home was a new construction. I’m now living 3,000 miles away on the foggy wet northern CA coast in a 40’s/50’s built home with multiple skylights & every single one of the damn things leak… Even worse, b/c of our super neverending humidity the leaks cause black mold to grow at a crazy pace & I’m constantly having to clean them.
So old house with skylights= no way
new house with skylights= awesomesauce!