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Skylight Installation Costs, DIY Options, Pros & Cons

A skylight can be a much-welcomed addition to your home. It is a great source of natural light and a beautiful way to watch the stars at night.

bedroom-skylight via Velux USA

Similar to a 3-seasons room, a skylight can provide extra warmth during the day. It can also act as a natural alarm clock in a bedroom every morning. Some skylights even open to provide an excellent source of ventilation into a room.

Costs in a Nutshell:

On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,100 to $2,800 to have a new fixed or vented skylight installed. — This is the base cost which includes materials, professional installation, and warranty. It assumes the job is carried out as part of a roof replacement project.

Note: Installing a skylight as part of new construction will generally cost less that doing so during re-roofing.

Material Costs: base prices for most skylights range from $250 to $450 for a fixed unit, and from $350 to $1,200 for a vented skylight.

Cost of professional installation: $500 to $1,500 per skylight, or more, depending on the complexity of your roof, ease of access, and your home’s location.

What about installing a brand new skylight on the existing roof?

Cutting in a brand new hole and installing a new skylight within the existing roof will involve additional re-shingling and re-flashing expenses. — This additional expense can add anywhere from $500 to $1,500 to the total cost of a project.

When hiring a pro for the job, it’s important to get multiple bids from specialist installers. Your main concern when evaluating the bids should be the perception of quality and evidence of contractor’s expertise in installing skylights.

Did you know? Your home’s location and ease of access to the installation area on the roof will play a large role in determining the total cost of your project.

Needless to say, the total cost of the job should be a secondary consideration weighed against the perceived quality of installation.

Selecting the right company for the job is critical given the high cost associated with a potential premature failure of a poorly installed skylight.

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