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Skylights have a place in almost every home, but not every home that could use them has one. Why? There are two reasons. One reason is because homeowners tend to think they are an expensive luxury. The other is that not everyone knows all their skylight options. If you're in the dark about skylights, a little information about skylights and their costs will shed some light on the subject -and your home interior.

Types of Skylights

There are three basic types of skylights:

A traditional skylight is roof-mounted and allows light to enter directly. This type of skylight can be fixed or have an opening mechanism.

Roof windows are similar to skylights, but are literally roof-mounted windows. Double-glazed to minimise heat transfer, roof windows usually have timber frames. Like traditional skylights, roof windows can be fixed or have opening mechanisms.

Tubular skylights (or sun tunnels) have reflective "tunnels" or tubes that transfer natural sunlight from the roof, through the ceiling and into the room.

Each of these types of skylights has an ideal application. When we think of skylights, traditional skylights come to mind because they are more common than roof windows, which work best in attics or lofts. Sun tunnels are a newer development and are perfect for smaller areas like hallways, bathrooms and kitchens.

How Much Does a Skylight Cost?

The cost of a skylight depends on its size, the materials it is made from and its features. As a rough guide:

Fixed skylights start at around $100 for a small 350mm diameter skylight to $500 or more for a larger skylight.

Vented skylights with opening systems cost between $1,200 and $1,800.

Tubular skylights start at about $400 and go up to as much as $1,500.

DIY installation is possible with simpler systems, but in most cases, skylights should be professionally installed. Installation costs can be higher than the cost of the skylight depending on a variety of factors. For example, installing a fixed skylight can cost between $400 and $1,5000 and installation of a vented skylight can go up to $4,000 for a complex installation. Tubular skylights tend to cost less to have professionally installed, starting at around $200 and going up to $500.

Skylight suppliers will be able to give you fixed prices for the types of skylights they sell, but need to come to your home to determine the cost of installation because every installation is different. To get a more accurate installation estimate online, provide as many details about your roof as you can when you get quotes from skylight installers . What is your roof pitch? What type of roofing material do you have? Are there any obstacles to accessing your roof?

Be flexible in your choice of skylights. A more expensive skylight may be less expensive to install in your roof. Working together with your skylight supplier/installer, you can find the right skylight for your home at a price that is within your budget.

*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces."

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