Green Careers Guide

Roofing & Skylight Installer

As part of an energy efficiency measure, many homeowners are contacting roofing or skylight installers as a way to utilize natural lighting where a skylight would be beneficial.

The career outlook for a roofing & skylight installer is excellent. They make on average $15-$20/ hour.

Many roofing and skylight installations utilize double paned, energy efficient skylights, and rooms like bathrooms, living rooms, bedrooms and kitchen benefit from the natural light of a skylight, besides adding a contemporary and updated look. An internal hallway that gets no natural lighting should definitely be considered when looking for roofing and skylight installation possibilities.

While skylights have been around for awhile, they sometimes had a reputation for letting heat escape, or leaking during heavy rains. Today, skylights are made with energy efficiency in mind, and most of them are designed for maximum lighting, and weather tight seals keep heat in and water out.

A roofing or skylight installer should have knowledge of roofing construction, support beams and general building construction science. Siding installers are sometimes knowledgeable in skylight installations. Today's companies are specially training some of their personnel in skylight installations, so that they are professionally installed to insure insulating and air sealing optimization.

This is a "green job" that is becoming more popular than ever, since a skylight pays for itself in a short amount of time, due to energy conservation using natural light. It's one of the easiest ways to cut energy consumption, and enhance the beauty of a home.

A skylight can come in different shapes and sizes, and a tubular skylight is best utilized in spaces like hallways and foyers. They let natural light in through reflective tubing and are highly energy efficient.

Of course, plastic dome skylights are the most recognizable roofing treatment, and you want to be sure they are professionally installed for the best results. Since they are a visible enhancement to the exterior, as well as the interior, proper placement is important for aesthetics and energy efficiency.

Whichever skylight treatment option you choose, it is an easy task for a roofing or skylight installer and they can make recommendations to a homeowner that optimize energy efficiency. Skylights have become popular in residential and commercial applications, so this occupational field is growing, as more buildings are looking for "green" designations.

This is a source of additional income for roofing or siding contractors, with proper training, and many new homes are having skylight treatments installed as part of original construction, although some buildings are now installing skylights as a retrofit roofing system. Skylights are an affordable way to go "green" and cut down on energy consumption fairly easily.

Roofing & Skylight Installer Resources

*Roofing, Flashing and Waterproofing (Best of Fine Homebuilding)
*Black & Decker Complete Guide to Roofing Siding & Trim: Updated 2nd Edition, Protect & Beautify the Exterior of Your Home
*Attics, Dormers, and Skylights (For Pros By Pros)
*Smart Guide: Roofing: Step-by-Step Projects

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