Nothing beats the look and feel of natural light in the bathroom. But it’s not always an option when bathroom walls won’t accommodate a window. That’s where a tubular skylight comes into play. They can be installed just about anywhere without the worry of overhead obstructions getting in the way. That’s because of how they can easily curve and angle themselves around rafters, wires or ventilation ducts. Installing a tubular skylight is easy enough, but is it something a homeowner can do themselves?
First and foremost, if you’re afraid of heights, you don’t feel comfortable on your roof or have other physical limitations that prevent you from accessing your attic or roof space, then installing your own tubular skylight is not for you.
Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot
Even when it’s freezing outside, your roof and attic are going to be awfully hot. If you can’t take the heat don’t just stay out of the kitchen; stay out of the attic and off of the roof if you’re not going to be able to take more than a few hours of the heat.
You’ll need to be able to use a reciprocating saw or jigsaw to cut the hole in the roof, attic and drywall ceiling. You’ll also need to use a power drill/driver to attach the tube and skylight dome to the attic, ceiling and roof. If you’re not comfortable with using these powerful cutting and fastening tools, then it’s best to let the professionals install your tubular skylight for you.
Law of the Land
Building codes may prevent homeowners from installing their own skylight tube. It’s always a good idea to check with your local building department to find out what permits or licensing you may need to install a solar tube in your bathroom.
If you’re going to install your own tubular skylight by yourself, think again. It’s at least a two person job to get the job done right, and the more, the merrier. Don’t install a solar skylight tube by yourself as it’s not only nearly impossible, but it’s also very dangerous.
Getting into the attic area above the tubular skylight is essential to success. Without access, you’re not going to be able to install the tubular section that brings the light to the space. Good attic access is a must and if you’re going to have to crawl in tight spaces, it’s probably best to let someone who has experience in tight attic crawlspaces do the job for you. You’ll not only save yourself some troubles in the process, but you might also find that they can do it quicker than you could install your own tubular skylight.
Don’t be Frightened of a Tubular Skylight
It’s a tough job installing a tubular skylight, but don’t be frightened of the task. If you’re not afraid of the aforementioned worries, then use my guide to installing a tubular skylight and get the light your bathroom needs at a price you can afford.