If you’ve ever been in a home where a window on the ceiling offers a view to what’s above, then you’ve seen what are commonly known as skylights.
Some people even ask “Do roofers install skylights?” Unfortunately many don’t for fear of damaging the roof.
Skylights are not super popular. Many homeowners assume that they’re too expensive to purchase and install, or that to install them would mean tearing down one’s entire roof.
The reality is the exact opposite.
Brent Simmons is the owner of Restoration Roofing in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to running a successful roofing company, Simmons is also an expert when it comes to installing skylights. He doesn’t understand why more roofers don’t install skylights, especially because learning this skill can generate more revenue for companies.
“The roofers that hate it are just scared of them,”
Simmons says, which has led to him being one of the few roofers in his area who installs skylights.
As you can imagine, this gives Simmons a huge advantage over his competitors, especially because Simmons does both roofing and skylights. It’s not uncommon for Simmons to do a roofing job and end up selling the homeowners skylights as well. Simmons has also been subcontracted by other roofing companies to do skylights for them.
Simmons doesn’t understand why more roofers don’t learn this trade. He says the skylights are easy to install. They even come with a set of instructions on the packaging.
“I really do believe they improve quality of living in a home,”
His belief has ingratiated him to prospective customers who are unsure if a skylight is a wise undertaking for their home. After Simmons informs them of the benefits that come from having a skylight, like increased sunlight in the home, many feel comfortable purchasing a set for themselves.
Skylights are not only stylish and affordable. Homeowners also receive a major tax break by having this item installed. By purchasing a bulb that costs $15, homeowners can claim up to 26% off the federal tax from their bill.
Skylights have been around for decades, going as far back as 30-40 years. In that same time span, a home is apt to go through 2-3 roofs, yet the skylight never gets replaced.
Simmons asserts that this speaks volumes to how reliable these skylights are, and for a product that tops out at about $1,500 to buy and install, it really is surprising more homeowners don’t invest in one of their own.
As a Velux-certified installer, Simmons’ future is in good shape.
“This skylight thing has become my passion,”
Dmitry and Roofing Insights love what Simmons and his team have done.
“Roofers should know how to install skylights,”
says Dmitry, because in his opinion,
“when you do something no one else wants to do, you’re going to get something no one else gets.”
In this instance, that means more money in the pockets of roofers who have added the ability to install skylights into their arsenal.
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