How to Cover Skylights

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Skylights are found on the roofs of buildings to give light to rooms that do not get much natural sunlight. Skylights add light and style to a room. They are either fixed or venting, meaning they can either open or stay closed. Sometimes a skylight can bring too much light into a room. It can become impossible to sit in the room on sunny summer days. A skylight cover is one alternative to dealing with the exhausting sun. A skylight cover can limit the sun that comes into the room and keep it cooler in your home at the same time.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Use a ladder to climb onto the roof. Run a tape measure from the right to the left side of the skylight. Write down the width of the skylight. Run a tape measure from the top of the skylight to the bottom and write down the measurement for the length of the skylight.

  • Purchase the skylight cover from a local hardware store. Note the color of your roof shingles before you purchase the cover and choose a fabric that matches your shingles.

  • Lay the proper sized fabric skylight cover over the skylight. Wrap the harness provided with the skylight cover around the skylight along the perimeter so it is pushing into the skylight. Loop the harness through the buckle and tighten it over the skylight cover as you would tighten a belt.

  • Cut off the excess fabric with a utility knife. Slide the utility knife over the fabric around the skylight, being careful not to cut through the shingles underneath. Score the fabric around the entire perimeter and pull it apart by hand. Repeat the process, if necessary, to remove some of the fabric.

  • Run your hands around the perimeter of the skylight and check for any gaps between the roof and the skylight cover. Tighten the harness further if necessary.

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