The beneficial health effects of the sun are well documented, and skylights allow natural light to enter dark areas of the home, offering better visibility, an inviting warmth, and more vitamin D for your health.  Skylights come in three basic types, ventilating, fixed, and tubular with plastic or glass glazing, and a variety of shapes, including: flat, arched, domed, and pyramid. Skylights are installed at the same pitch as the roof. Adding skylights for additional natural light can greatly reduce the cost of electrical lighting, particularly in consistently darker areas of the home. Bathroom skylights add natural light, and if ventilating, can assist in expunging moisture and preventing mildew, rot and mold.  Kitchen skylights provide additional light for visibility when cooking.  Bedroom skylights provide natural light during the day time, and a beautiful view of the stars at night.  Skylights in an attic provide natural light, give the illusion of extra space, can ventilate excess heat from the house, and provide an emergency escape route.  Skylights let in approximately eight times as much light as windows.



Ventilating skylights can be opened manually or by electric power, and provide fresh air on demand. Ventilating skylights may be controlled by a remote, by a hand crank, or by an automatic sensor which tracks inside temperature. One type of ventilating skylight is the “in-reach” roof window that provides access for emergency escape and rescue (i.e. finished attic, loft, above garage bonus room).


A fixed skylight cannot be opened; they are leak proof, offer views, and you get the benefits of natural light entering the home.  Fixed skylights are most often used in the living room or dining room.


A tubular skylight has a reflective shaft that starts at the top of the roof and extends down a through your home; the entire unit is sealed to lock out dust, bugs, and moisture.  Tubular skylights can be angled around obstructions, come in a range of sizes, and are very versatile. Tubular skylights bring diffuse natural light into small interior spaces like shower stalls, powder rooms, hallways, and closets.


Efficient skylights have insulated frames, and double or triple-pane glass with an argon gas filled air pocket, to keep warm air inside during the winter, and keep hot air outside during the summer.  Skylights reduce the need for electric lighting, and can cool down the home by drawing warm air upwards and venting it outside.