Skylights Prices and Costs

October 10, 2010

Skylights are often used to let in light where a traditional window isn't possible. They are also used to brighten dark areas, but maintain privacy. While many skylights are fixed windows, they can also be vented like an awning or hopper window.

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Skylights Prices and Costs

Skylights are found in a wide variety of sizes and styles, from small to large, and shapes can include cones, flat, and dome. Below are some example prices, as of September, 2010.

  • Vented, flat skylight, 44-5/8" x 44-5/8": about $625
  • Fixed flat skylight, 22-1/2" x 46-1/2": $220-$508
  • Vented, deck-mounted flat skylight, 21" x 45-3/4": $400-$600
  • Tubular skylight, 14": $300-$400
  • Domed skylight, 2'x 4': $140 - $200

The type of glass and finish used in your skylight is a large factor in the price. For example, tempered glass is considerably cheaper than impact glass or Miami-Dade glass. For an even cheaper way to go, you might consider plastic skylights. The biggest disadvantage to using plastic over glass is plastic can be more easily scratched.

Skylight frames also offer a number of choices, from aluminum exterior and pine interior finishes, to more designer-friendly enamel finishes that come in a variety of colors to match your home. One of the most energy-efficient materials to use is vinyl, which also comes in a variety of colors and is an excellent insulator. Enamel finishes can add to the price considerably, while aluminum is often the least-expensive material.

Start your search for skylights online if you have limited time, but visit your local window and skylight showrooms to get a better understanding of the multitude of options you have for using skylights in your home.


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