Follow our 8-step guide below to install a skylight yourself.
Step 1. Cut The Opening
- Drive a deck screw up through the roof at each corner of the rough opening from below.
- Strip the shingles on the roof about 7 inches beyond those points.
- Snap a chalk line between each pair of screws following the stripping.
- With a circular saw, plunge-cut through the sheathing along the chalk lines on three sides.
- Remember to stay off the cutout.
Step 2. Flash The Sill
- Have a partner nearby for this step of the process.
- Have the helper lower the cutout as you begin cutting the fourth side.
- Place a strip of self-adhesive membrane across the bottom edge of the opening.
- Cut and fold the top inch of the strip over and onto the exposed sill.
Step 3. Position The Skylight
- Have the helper standing inside with the skylight, lift it up through the opening.
- Rest the bottom edge against the sill, lowering it onto the roof.
- Drive 1 and 1/4-inch galvanized roofing nails through the holes in the skylight’s flange and onto the roof.
Step 4. Seal The Sides
- Cover the bottom flange with a strip of membrane, extending at least 6 inches beyond the skylight’s sides.
- Cut these extensions at a 45-degree angle outward from both skylight corners.
- Wrap the top part around the skylight frame and press the other part against the roof.
- Cover the side flanges.
- Now cover the top the exact same way.
Step 5. Sill-Flash The Bottom Edge
- Nail the shingles over the bottom membrane.
- The membrane should then seal around the nails.
- Place the U-shaped sill flashing over the shingles, slipping it over the bottom end of the skylight.
- Nail this piece to the roof, at the top outside corners of the U.
- Cover the exposed sides with the shingles.
Step 6. Step-Flash The Sides
- Overlap the top half of the shingles which cover the sill flashing with a piece of step flashing in an L shape.
- Drive one nail near the top outside corner and another nail a few inches below.
- Cover the flashing with a shingle, adding the next piece of flashing on top of that.
- Do this on both sides of the skylight.
Step 7. Counterflash The Sides
- Use strips of counterflashing to cover the vertical legs of the step flashing.
- They should snap right onto the skylight’s rim.
- Counterflashing is installed to seal out any inclement weather conditions like snow or rain.
Step 8. Install Saddle Flashing
- The first course of shingles must be lifted above the skylight, slitting the underlayment.
- Slip the saddle flashing’s top edge upward through the slit.
- Fit the flashing against the skylight, lifting the shingles and nailing the flashing at its top corners.
- Nail one last course of shingles over the flashing.
- Try to leave 4 inches of the flashing exposed.
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