Skylights are particularly popular in the Pacific Northwest due to the region’s notorious overcast skies and frequent rainfall. With a climate that often brings long stretches of gray and dreary weather, residents in the Pacific Northwest crave natural light. So a lot of our customers ask if there are skylights for metal roofs.

Skylights are a beautiful way to bring natural light into your home and installing them on a metal roof is a popular way of customizing the space. However, you will need to plan for skylights before the roof goes on, as it can be more difficult and costly to add them after the fact. In this guide, we’ll explore the process of installing skylights for metal roofs, address common concerns, and provide valuable insights to help you make informed decisions.

Can You Install Skylights on a Metal Roof?

Absolutely! Skylights can indeed be installed on metal roofs, offering homeowners the opportunity to brighten their living spaces and enhance indoor aesthetics. Metal roofs provide a sturdy and durable foundation for skylight installation when done correctly.

Curb mounted and deck mounted skylights are compatible with metal roofs. Make sure you talk to our experts at Mountaintop Metal Roofing about what types of metal roof panels to use. This will help you determine which flashing systems and skylights will work best for your home.

The Process for Installing Skylights For Metal Roof

Installing skylights on a metal roof involves several key steps to ensure a secure and watertight fit:

Metal Roof Inspection

Begin by inspecting the metal roof to assess its condition and identify any potential challenges or obstacles that may affect the skylight installation process.

Selecting Skylights for Metal Roofs

Choose the type and size of skylight that best suits your home’s architecture, interior layout, and aesthetic preferences. Options include fixed, vented, tubular, or custom-designed skylights to meet your specific needs.

Flashing and Waterproofing

Proper flashing installation is essential to prevent leaks and ensure a watertight seal around the skylight perimeter. Use high-quality flashing materials and follow manufacturer guidelines for proper installation techniques.

Cutting Roof Opening

Carefully measure and mark the location for the skylight opening on the metal roof. Use appropriate tools and techniques to cut through the metal roofing panels, taking care to maintain structural integrity and avoid damage to surrounding areas.

Installing Skylight Frame

Secure the skylight frame in the roof opening, ensuring a snug and secure fit. Apply sealant or gaskets as recommended to create a watertight barrier between the skylight frame and the metal roof.

Sealing and Finishing Skylights for Metal Roofs

Apply additional sealant or waterproofing materials as needed to seal gaps and joints around the skylight frame. Inspect the installation carefully to ensure proper alignment and functionality before completing the finishing touches.

FAQs About Installing Skylights on Metal Roofs

Will Skylights Leak?
Proper installation techniques and high-quality materials help minimize the risk of leaks. Follow recommended flashing and waterproofing procedures to ensure a watertight seal around the skylight perimeter.

Will It Hurt the Energy Efficiency of the Metal Roof if I Install a Skylight?
Skylights can impact energy efficiency by introducing additional heat gain or loss through the roof. Choose energy-efficient skylight options, such as low-E coatings and insulated glazing, to minimize thermal transfer and enhance energy performance.

Does Installing Skylights Cost Too Much?
Skylight installation costs vary depending on factors such as the type of skylight, size, materials, and labor. While upfront costs may be higher, skylights can offer long-term benefits in terms of natural lighting, energy savings, and increased home value.

How Long Does It Take to Install Skylights on a Metal Roof?
The installation timeline for skylights on a metal roof depends on various factors, including the complexity of the project, weather conditions, and contractor availability. Plan for several days to complete the installation process, allowing time for proper preparation, installation, and finishing.

Can I Install Skylights Myself, or Should I Hire a Professional?
While DIY installation is possible for skilled homeowners, hiring a professional installer ensures proper techniques, safety compliance, and warranty protection. Consider your level of experience, comfort with heights, and the complexity of the project before deciding.

What Maintenance Is Required for Skylights on Metal Roofs?
Regular maintenance, including cleaning, inspection, and resealing as needed, helps prolong the life and performance of skylights on metal roofs. Schedule routine maintenance checks to identify and address any issues promptly.

What Are the Benefits of Installing Skylights on a Metal Roof?

Want to reduce energy loss and your electricity costs? Natural light via roofing skylights is one way to do that. Adding skylights — properly installed, regardless of the brand of skylights (Velux, CrystaLite, etc., on optimal areas of the roof (apex, curb-mounted skylights, flashing kits) — can reduce your carbon footprint because you won’t need to rely on artificial lights.

Of course, saving energy is not only good for the environment, but it also helps you save money on your monthly utility bill. And one more thing: being able to open the skylight during those fresh Spring days or cool Summer evenings allows additional fresh air into the home and reinvigorates the interior space of your home.

We suggest having a skylight installer and your roofing contractor examine your roof prior to making any decisions about your roof. Metal roofing lasts a lifetime — and then some, so be sure to have your metal roof installed by the experts at Mountaintop Metal Roofing.

Skylights are the perfect way to bring in the beautiful Pacific Northwest light and can brighten up your space, even on the darkest winter day. When combined with a new, energy-efficient metal roofing system, you will be set for many years to come. Please contact our team today to get a free quote on your roof replacement project.