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How to Add Natural Light to Your Home

Adding a skylight to your St. Charles, IL home is one of the best ways to get natural light. There are multiple types of skylights available, so you can pick one that gives you all the benefits. 

Types of Skylights

Fixed: A fixed skylight does not open and is available in multiple shapes including flat and domed. The advantage of fixed skylights is that they are less likely to leak and less expensive than ventilating skylights.

Ventilated: You can use a skylights for natural light and ventilation if they open. The three ways ventilated skylights can open are manual, electric, and solar-powered. Skylights that open with an electric motor are more expensive to install because they require an electrician. 

Tubular: A tubular skylight, or sun tunnel, may be domed or flat at the roof, and it then has a light tube that extends to the ceiling. Some light tubes are very long, and they can be flexible to avoid structural barriers.

Cost of Skylights in St. Charles, IL

According to Velux, a popular skylight brand, a new skylight with installation costs: 

  • $1,900 to $4,200 for a fixed skylight
  • $2,100 to $4,600 for a manual ventilated skylight
  • $2,800 to $5,700 for a solar ventilated skylight
  • $2,900 to $5,800 for an electric ventilated skylight
  • $650 to $2,150 for a tubular sun tunnel

There are many factors that can impact this price, so talk to your local roofing contractor to find out what unique aspects of your skylight installation will change your final cost. 

Common Cost Factors

The following items can change the cost of your St. Charles, IL skylight installation: 

  • Height of building 
  • Slope of roof
  • Roof material
  • Chase length
  • Size of skylight (structural changes may require a permit)
  • Electrical components and electrician

How Long Will A Skylight Last? 

With proper installation and maintenance, a skylight will last 20-30 years. Maintenance of a skylight primarily consists of making sure there is no debris build-up on the glass or around the mount. 

When is the Best Time to Install a Skylight? 

The best time to install a skylight is when you are replacing your roof. It is also cheapest to have one installed alongside the roof installation. Technically, you can install a skylight any time (weather permitting), but the best time is when your roof is already being replaced, and the roofing contractor can install the skylight like it’s a newly constructed home. 

There can be some dark and gloomy times during St. Charles, IL winters, but your home doesn’t have to stay dark or gloomy. Brighten it up and enjoy all the seasons with a skylight installation. Call us today at 847.587.0872 to start the conversation about installing skylights in your home.

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