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. These benefits are often endless for the homeowner that has begun exploration for a skylight install on their residential home. Whether you are adding a brand-new skylight, or replacing an old worm out unit, there is an array of styles to choose from. This often becomes a confusing process for many customers as the benefits and drawbacks of these styles are not readily apparent. At this point homeowners begin to look at the price component of the different styles without gaining a true understanding of which type of unit would best fit their needs.

For the sake of brevity and detail, we are going to look at three distinct styles of skylights and their benefits: fixed units, vented units, and solar vented units. These three styles are the ones most commonly found in homes, and what most homeowners will encounter most often during the search for local skylight installers and roofing professionals.

Fixed Skylights for Homes


Fixed skylights are exactly as they sound, units that do not open. These are essentially an added window to your home. The benefit of adding a fixed skylight as compared to a window is the direction the unit faces, where it will bring in much more sunlight for longer parts of the day than a traditional wall-mounted window. The installation process for this type of unit is not much different than other skylights, but the main difference is these fit well in areas where you do not want a skylight to open. Similarly, due to their simplistic nature, fixed skylights for homes are often less expensive than units that open.

Manually Venting Skylights


Improving upon fixed skylights are manually venting skylights, which as the name suggests can be opened 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 with an enhanced price tag to match. 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!