Job: To supply & install a small fixed glass skylight into the roof, as well as build the shaft and finish the internal works ready for painting, above the dark shower recess in the ensuite of this Burpengary East home.
Location: Burpengary Qld 4505 (servicing Brisbane – Sunshine Coast – Gold Coast and all areas in between)
The design of the ensuite within this Burpengary East home, has the shower situated in a ‘nook’, leaving the shower recess lacking light. Fed up with the dark shower recess and the requirement for the lights to be on, to enjoy a shower, these homeowners conducted some research into the different skylight types available on the market. Following this research, these homeowners decided that a glass ‘roof window’ style skylight would serve its purpose best, as it will allow the natural light in. Roof Space Renovators were contacted and an appointment was organised, in order for our consultant to visit to discuss the clients needs, measure the proposed location for suitability and provide a quote.
Roof Space Renovators provide an end-to-end glass skylight supply and installation service. We are distributors of both top quality brands of glass skylights – Velux and Fakro.
Roof Space Renovators are licensed to complete not only the installation into all roof types, but also the build of the shaft and/or any other internal works required to complete the works to painting stage. We are often asked for average or estimated costs involved in completing an installation from start to finish, however it is important to note that there are many variables involved in the installation of glass ‘roof window’ style skylights from home to home and even between different areas within the same home. Our service includes an obligation-free consultation, in order for our consultant the ability to provide a fixed quotation, taking into consideration all variables. Apart from the obvious, skylight size and model (whether fixed, manual opening or electrical opening) that effects the price, the consultant is required to take note of the roof material, as this effects the installation method into the roof. He also needs to take a number of measurements from on top of the roof as well as from inside the roof space and needs to ensure that there are no obstructions, such as trusses or electrical wires obstructing the proposed installation location.
During the consultation for these clients, the consultant determined that the clients were hoping for a small fixed (non-opening) skylight. The roof was a fairly steep 25ish° corrogated iron roof. The proposed location of the skylight was quite high in the roof, therefore the distance between where the skylight would need to be installed, down to the ceiling of the shower recess was almost 2 metres in depth. Further, there were trusses running through the roof space, directly above the shower recess. What does all this mean?
Well, luckily the placement of the existing trusses still allowed for a narrow 565 wide skylight to be installed. It just meant that the shaft opening would need to be off centered in the shower recess and flush against the cornice on one side. The clients also needed to be aware that the skylight would be almost 2 metres above the ceiling, therefore the shaft leading up to the skylight would be almost 2 metres deep.
With regards to the roof being corrogated iron, a custom flashing is required for installation. Whilst both Velux and Fakro skylights are supplied with a flashing kit, this supplied flashing kit is only suitable for installation into a tile roof. Roof Space Renovators will not install a skylight into a metal roof without a custom flashing. Although the requirement for custom flashings is an extra expense for the client, it does provide the homeowners with assurance that the skylight will remain leak proof, which is extremely important. The good news is that custom flashings can be colour matched, in order for them to blend better with the roof.
Roof Space Renovators have two options for the finishing of the shaft (where it meets the ceiling). We can plaster square set it, or install a timber bead around the shaft opening. In order to save a bit of money, the clients chose for the shaft opening to be finished with the timber bead, as opposed to the square set plastered finish. They decided that a square set finish was unnecessary considering the skylight was positioned above the shower in a nook.
Considering the skylight installed is one of the smallest glass skylights on the market (565x674mm) and the shaft is almost 2 metres deep, this skylight lets in a considerable amount of light. The homeowners are extremely happy with the finished product. They no longer require the light on in the ensuite to have a shower during the day. They have also mentioned to us that it lets in a considerable amount of moonlight, when the moon is large. The clients could not be happier. They contacted us after they had completed the painting and allowed for us to return and take photos. The clients commented that they love the natural light the ‘roof window’ skylight allows in. They also mentioned that they believed the skylight has assisted in a decrease in mould within the shower recess. See below for photos:
If you have a dark area within your home and are considering your skylight options, perhaps a glass ‘roof window’ style skylight could be the answer. Contact Roof Space Renovators for an obligation-free consultation to find out what will work in your home.
We are fully insured, have a current Queensland builders licence (QBCC license no. 1305331) and are members of Master Builders Qld and Housing Industries Australia. Therefore, if you choose to engage Roof Space Renovators’ to conduct your skylight project, you are not only getting a choice of the highest quality branded products, you can also be assured to receive a superb quality installation service.
Our beautiful glass skylights allow for natural light and ventilation (if required) and will definitely set your home apart from the rest.
Roof Space Renovators’ service Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast and all areas in between.
Contact Roof Space Renovators’ –
Phone – (07) 3889 6688
Website – https://www.roofspacerenovators.com.au/