Crafty and looking for a new project to do? Even if your not an expert, this DIY project is super easy. The objective is to create more natural light within your home. With spring time around the corner, why not take advantage of more natural sunlight by installing yourself a roof window! Creating this skylight allows for you to open and close the window whenever you would like and to also enjoy the fresh air. Courtesy of realtor.com, here are the steps to DIY:
“What you will need:
- Skylight: Custom built, store bought or re-purposed
- Circular saw
- Tape measure
- Cordless drill, screwtip
- Roofing compound
- Roofing shingles, if needed
- Caulk gun, silicone caulk
- Framing material: lumber as needed
- Framing hardware
1) Position and outline hole:
When you have your skylight delivered and you’ve located a position that will be clear of plumbing and electric obstructions, raise the skylight frame into place on to the roof and using a pencil, outline the opening you will cut. If you have an asphalt-shingled roof, cut along the guidelines with a utility knife and remove the asphalt shingles to expose the roof sheathing.
Using a circular saw with the blade adjusted to the correct depth, cut into sheathing. If you have a wood-shingled roof, you may cut through both the shingles and the sheathing simultaneously. Note that a board placed beneath the saw along the line of the cut will keep the saw from getting jammed on the shingles. Reserve shingle patching following installation as needed.
2) Frame out opening: Using the same dimension lumber as the existing framing, fasten a piece on each side of last uncut joists around the opening. Measure, cut and install double headers across the opening, perpendicular to the ends of the cut joists. Fasten trimmer joists to frame to the finish dimensions for the skylight. Fasten metal framing ties to joists as required by local building code.
3) Install skylight: Refer to manufacturer’s instructions for installing the skylight. Secure it temporarily while checking for fit. Measure the diagonals to ensure square corners then fasten skylight as recommended.
4) Install flashing and patch roofing: Install aluminum sill, head and step flashing, as recommended by the window manufacturer. Apply roofing compound under the flashing and the shingles and fasten in place. Finally, apply a bead of silicone caulk to weatherproof the skylight perimeter to complete installation.”
So if your looking for something fun to do that will only make you more excited that spring time is here, do this DIY project! You won’t regret it!