skylight question - cost? Tips on spec'ing the job?

Greetings,
Anyone had skylights added to a home?
There's an area with easily accessible roof in a living room area that I'm considering adding skylights to in concert with a tear-off roofing job. My prior house had a skylight when I bought it, and I really enjoyed it (and it never leaked knock on wood).
I'm curious the approximate cost adder considering the roof's going to be torn up anyway, and what selection criteria I should use for someone to do it? Is this something most roofers could handle, or are skylights generally done by non-roofers? Or?
Any tips appreciated! I know putting a hole in your roof can cause problems and I'd like to be sure I find someone most likely to do it right the first time.
Best Regards, -- Todd H. http://www.toddh.net /
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I would not expect a roofer to be competent to install a skylight. Look for an experienced carpenter or contractor.- In my area, it would be hard to find someone with the required skills willing to do a small job - markiet is tight. I would look at Velux skylights. Perhaps the local distributor can suggest an installer. TB
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I would expect a roofer to be able to install a skylight. Whatever brand you purchase, get a "curb-mount" that requires proper flashing, not the "self-flashing" type. Velux is a good name, and I've always been partial to glass (tempered), not plastic. Tom
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If I read this right; the roof is going to be replaced anyway.
The exterior portion of the installation is best handled by an experienced roofing person. The interior finish portion by a finish carpenter with some drywall experience. If heading work is required for the roof joists in question you may be in for a large project. Most skylights are 24 x 48. Some roof rafters are 16" OC and then you have to deal with the ceiling joists that are 16" OC and may or may not align with the rafters.
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Whatever you do let me concur with the other to posters who said Velux or similar raise curb design.
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I don't think a roofer could install a skylight. If it were replacing an existing one maybe but cutting in a new one with header work and interior drywall, trim, etc. I think you will need to find a contractor. Labor price could be as cheap as $500 if the roof slope is between 4/12 and 6/12 and the ceiling is the bottom of the roof. Could be as much as $1300.00 if a well needs to be framed though an attic or if roof is flat or real steep.
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On 28 Oct 2005 19:26:48 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@toddh.net (Todd H.) wrote:

Velux and spec the flashing kits that come with the skylights. I installed two in my house about ten years ago. Very easy, not a problem. Had a roofer install a third about five years ago when I reroofed. Not a problem. I framed the opening and drilled four holes on the corners of the frame for the roofer so there would be no mistakes. The Velux skylights with flash kits are so easy to install (provided you have preframed) that most roofers could do that part IMHO.
The velux skylights hold up very well. Do not spec the cheaper plastic, curbless skylights. You will end up replacing many square feet of sheathing when they leak and rot your roof.
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I pity the roofer that couldn't install a curb and whatever else is needed for the exterior. Tom
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I also am very happy with Velux. I added two of them when I remodeled my family room. I'd also suggest getting ones that open. They are really nice for moderate temp days, like spring and early summer. If you go that route, then I'd definitely get the electric motor kit. Without that, I'd probably rarely open them. With a simple swtich to use, I open them frequently. Plus, the electric control will close them automatically if it rains. And it works really well, often the first time I know it's starting to rain is the sound of the skylights closing, as it only takes a few drops.
For install, I'd go with the advice to get a carpenter/contractor to do it. I'm sure some roofers could do it, if they have the experience and additional skills. But typically it requires some framing, drywall, finish carpentry, and painting skills, which are different from what a roofer normally does.
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We had a 2X4 installed by a contractor remodeling our family room because it required sheet rock through the attic. WORLD of difference, sorry we waited so long!
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other thoughts: climate limitations. add observation deck or porch above the roof. insulation. loft portion of room room upwards and be closer to the skylight/roof level view. mirroring the drop to bring in more light. using the roof for solar heat collection for hot water or pool...
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