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 Mother-In-Law 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!