Skylights are often a striking feature in any home, filling interior spaces with bright, natural light that can improve your comfort when living in the home, and even increase the curb appeal of your property.
But whether or not you ultimately enjoy your home’s skylight may depend on whether the window itself develops leaks and other issues that cause damage in your home. Today’s skylights offer a much better design that reduces the risk of leaking as compared to skylights from generation’s past, but the risk of a leak still needs to be accounted for—and the quality of your installation could determine how likely the window is to develop a leak.
If you’re interested in installing a skylight in your roof—or you’re exploring maintenance options to service or even repair a leaking skylight—read on for an overview of what you need to know.
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How Much Does It Cost to Put In a Skylight?
The cost of a skylight installation can be broken down into parts: the cost of the skylight itself, and the cost of installation.
In both cases, the costs you can expect to pay could vary widely. The retail price of the skylight itself can range from a couple hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, depending on the skylight frame materials, the thickness and/or insulation of the glass, the size of the window, whether it vents, and other factors.
Then, you’ll need to get an estimate for the installation itself. Again, this can vary based on multiple factors. Read on to learn more.
How Much Does It Cost to Put Skylights In a Roof?
One of the biggest differences in a skylight installation cost is whether the skylight is being installed in a new construction, or whether the skylight is being added to an existing roof.
The cheapest option for a skylight installation is to add it when the house is being built. This makes it easy to account for the skylight when framing, and allows the roof to be installed around the skylight. While it’s still possible to install a skylight into an already finished roof, the process is more complicated, and will come at a higher cost.
On the low end, a skylight installation could be around five hundred dollars—not including the skylight itself. On the high end, though, the skylight could cost thousands to be installed. Overall, average skylight installations tend to cost around $2,000 per window, although your specific project may be higher or lower.
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Do Skylights Increase Home Value?
Although the influence of skylights on a home’s value can be difficult to gauge, there’s enough evidence out there to suggest that skylight installations can be a worthwhile investment for many types of homes.
On the one hand, installing a skylight won’t lead to a significant price jump for your home, it could play a role in securing a higher sales price. In the same way that curb appeal can influence buyers’ willingness to pay for your home, the aesthetic of a skylight—including the natural light filling your home’s indoor space—could drive up demand for your home, creating more competition that ultimately leads to a higher price.
While a skylight might not be a direct investment in your home, it’s very possible that the cost of a skylight installation could be at least partially recouped when it comes time to sell.
Are Solar Tubes Better Than Skylights?
If skylights are too expensive or complex for your home, solar tubes might be a cost-effective option that still offers some of the benefits of a skylight. Solar tubes are smaller cylinders that funnel sunlight into your home, helping light small spaces such as a closet or hallway—or even helping to light a much larger space.
Solar tube installation is cheaper than a full skylight, although this reduced size also means the natural light offered is far less than a traditional skylight. Still, it may be a worthwhile option for homes that want a more cost-effective lighting solution.
What Businesses Offer Skylight Installation?
Many homeowners assume that skylight installation is handled by a windows installation company. But since skylights are installed onto the roof, and must be integrated with the roof infrastructure and materials used in the roof’s outer protective layers, this installation project is more appropriately handled by a roofing company that offers skylight installation alongside roof installation, repair and other roofing services.
Whether you’re in need of a skylight repair or you’re considering a new skylight installation for your home, a trusted local roofing company can help you explore your options and even offer a quote based on the expected cost of those services. Contact a roofing company today to learn more!