How much does skylight installation cost?
A skylight can illuminate your home in a way that only natural light can, but many homeowners don’t realize that if your home didn’t already come with one, it’s entirely possible to install one after the fact. In addition to making your home beautiful, there are many reasons why skylights will surprise you.
Installation costs will depend on what type of skylight you want and how you go about installing it. The type of roof you have will be a major factor in determining how much the installation will cost.
Tubular skylights, also known as Solatubes can be very versatile and often have the cheapest installation costs because they rarely require structural changes. Their smaller footprint makes them a good option for kitchens, bathrooms and hallways.
The tubular skylight captures light from the roof and channels it down into the home with either a highly polished aluminium or flexible economy tunnel. They have a weatherproof UV stabilised dome that sits on top of a leak-proof roof profile and a diffuser at the ceiling that helps to spread the natural light in to the home.
Economy tubular skylights can start from as little as $300 with solid shaft options starting at $600. Installation costing between $150 and $500 depending on the size and material. A budget-conscious consumer can purchase a tubular skylight kit and install it themselves, as they come with comprehensive DIY instructions.
An option for the more budget-conscious is a fixed acrylic skylight, which is made up of a metal roof profile and acrylic dome, a duralite or flexible tunnel with an aluminium ceiling frame and diffuser. An acrylic skylight starts from $400 with standard installation costs from as little as $150.
Fixed Skylights (Roof Windows)
Fixed skylights will typically cost between $300 to $1,000, but it’s important to note that the installation is usually the biggest expense.
Openable Skylight (Opening Roof Windows)
An openable skylight can be desirable due to its ability to open to allow fresh air in the home, which can help maintain moisture balance in your house by allowing humid air to be released. An openable skylight will typically cost between $800 and $2,500, with manual skylights in the lower range and electronically-controlled venting skylights running at the higher end of the spectrum. These are typically the most advanced and expensive. Newer openable skylights come with a sensor that automatically closes it when it rains.
Installation of both Fixed and Openable Skylights:
You’ll typically be looking at between $400 and $800 for roof installation component costs, depending on the size of the skylight and additional installation costs for ceiling gyprock and flushing starting from $800.
Do It Yourself:
Some homeowners will likely be tempted to buy a skylight and install it themselves, although possible it’s a much better idea to hire professionals, like Southside Group who will guarantee their work for 5 years. Professionals will ensure an efficient and seamless installation – with no leaks.
What to Consider When Selecting the Best Skylights in Adelaide
Some other things to keep in mind:
- Don’t install a skylight where it may reflect off a mirror or television in order to prevent potential issues with glare.
- Consider installing blinds or dimmers to have more control over how much light will be allowed in?
- Will you mind opening and closing the skylights manually or are you better off opting for an electronic/solar remote controlled skylight?
Regardless of the size and style of skylight you choose, they can easily be one of the most effective and budget conscious ways to transform a space.