Types of Skylights to Consider for Your House

If you’re in the market for a new skylight for your house, we’ve got some good news: there are some great options out there to suit your needs. However, there is also some bad news: there are some great options out there to suit your needs! In fact, if you’re not familiar with the different types, it can be difficult to figure out which skylight would be the best fit for your home. So, to help you narrow things down, we will discuss 3 of the most common types of skylights available: tubular, fixed, and vented. Let’s get started!


One of the most popular types of skylights is the tubular skylight. Tubular skylights are great for small spaces because they take up very little roof space. They also let in a lot of natural light and can be suitable for both indoor and outdoor structures. For example, you’ll often find tubular lights in solariums, greenhouses, and even some pool houses.

However, there are a few downsides to tubular skylights. Not only can they be more expensive than other types, but they also require a little bit of maintenance. For example, you’ll need to regularly clean the lens to prevent dirt and debris from blocking the light.


Fixed skylights are another popular option, and they are exactly what they sound like: fixed in place. That means that you won’t be able to open or close them, but this does make them less expensive than other types of skylights. Fixed skylights are a good option if you’re looking for something that will let in a lot of light but you don’t necessarily need to be able to open and close it. This makes them well-suited for places like attics and stairwells.

Now for the downsides!  Besides the fact that you can’t open them to let in fresh air, they are also more susceptible to leaks. So, if you live in an area with a lot of rainfall or snow, you might want to consider another option.


Vented skylights are similar to fixed skylights, but they do have the ability to be opened and closed. That means that you can control the amount of light and air that comes in, which is great for regulating temperature and ventilation. This makes vented skylights ideal for those who want the ability to control the light and air flow in your home. Try them in places like kitchens and bathrooms, where you might want to let in some light but not necessarily all of the time.

Like the others, vented skylights have their share of downsides. They can be more expensive than other types, like fixed ones for example. They are also more difficult to install, so you might want to hire a professional if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself.

The Bottom Line

So, there you have it! These are just a few of the different types of skylights that you might want to consider for your home. We hope that this blog post has been helpful in narrowing down your choices and helping you figure out which skylight is right for you. Thanks for reading!

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