skylights for homes

Types of Skylights for Homes and Their Benefits

Skylights for homes come with a myriad of different benefits including increased natural lighting and added home ventilation. Homeowners receive endless benefits from skylight installation, however, may be worried about skylight pricing. From adding a brand-new skylight to replacing an old worm out unit, the skylight costs vary based on an array of styles. Unfortunately, the variations often becomes a confusing process for many customers because benefits and drawbacks are not readily apparent. At this point, total skylight costs begin to weigh on the project. However, without understanding the true benefits of different styles, they may not make the best decision for the type of skylight that best fits their needs.

To help homeowners understand the types of skylight, the following reviews the main styles and their benefits: fixed units, vented units, and solar vented units. These three types of skylights are most commonly found in homes. Additionally, skylight installation varies based on each style. So, while looking for a local roofing contractor, it helps to start with some basic knowledge of what you’d like.

Fixed Skylights for Homes

Fixed skylights are exactly as they sound, units that do not open. Essentially, fixed skylights act as another window in your home. The main benefit of adding a fixed skylight compared to a window is the direction the unit faces. Skylights add sunlight for longer parts of the day than a traditional wall-mounted window. Additionally, skylight installation for these units remains about the same as other types of skylights. However, fixed skylights fit well in areas where you do not want a skylight to open. Similarly, due to their simplistic nature, fixed skylights for homes offer a lower price than units that open.

Manually Venting Skylights

Improving upon fixed skylights are manually venting skylights. As the name indicates, these types of skylights open by hand. These units not only bring in light and vitamin D to your home, but also aid in ventilation and fresh air. These can be placed anywhere in your home that you have direct access to open them often with an extended crank handle that can be stored away when not in use. In comparison to their solar venting cousins, manually venting skylights for homes are less expensive, but require labor to open and close.

Solar Venting Skylights

Solar venting skylights for homes are the proverbially Cadillac of skylight options. As a result, these units come with a larger overall skylight installation costs. Further expanding upon skylights that open, solar venting options have a variety of features that reign supreme in direct comparison. For example, gone are the days of using a crank to open these units, solar venting skylights are remote controlled from the floor of your home. Some of these units also have rain sensing technology that automatically close them when excess moisture is present. Similarly, one major benefit of this style are the tax credits that come alongside them.


No matter your choice, there are no real drawbacks to installing skylights for homes. Add natural light, and optional venting to make your home warmer, breezier, and all around more inviting. Ranch Roofing is a leader in skylights in the greater Boston area. For more information, or to schedule a free skylight estimate, contact us today!