Skylights From Fixed Skylights To Electric Venting Models

  • 01 of 04

    Cheapest and Most Watertight Skylight Available Is The Fixed Skylight

    Fixed Skylight
    Fixed Skylight. Velux

    Skylights are a no-brainer. Skylights add light, without sacrificing valuable wall space (and by extension, floor space). Skylights vent off heat build-up and moisture from kitchens and bathroom.

    Not only that, skylights are positioned so that you catch natural light when the sun is at its highest points. No one ever said that skylight installation was easy, and it's usually recommended that you have either a window company or a contractor do the installation for you.

    The most basic type of...MORE skylight is called a fixed skylight. It cannot be opened--but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Fixed skylights (as well as fixed windows) are considered the most leak-proof type of skylight you can install.

    Shown here is one of the "big dog" skylight manufacturer's (Velux) aluminum fixed skylight with self-flashing. It's designed for a rough opening of 22 1/2" X 22 1/2". The skylight glazing is laminated glass. It's one of the lower priced skylights on the market.

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  • 02 of 04

    Tubular Skylight: For Houses With Space Issues

    Tubular Skylight
    Tubular Skylight. Natural Light

    Tubular skylights offer many advantages over conventional skylights.

    Conventional skylights need to have a "tunnel" or frame built between the ceiling and roof. This is no small matter. But tubular skylights have a built-in tunnel. No need to build one.

    Tubular skylights come in a range of tube diameters--from 10 inches to 21 inches.

    Another advantage of the tube skylight is that the tube itself can be bent around obstructions (of which attics have plenty). While this does lessen the...MORE intensity of light into your house, it is still better than no light at all.

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  • 03 of 04

    Manual Venting Skylight: Cranks Open For Fresh Air

    Venting Skylight
    Venting Skylight. Velux

    A venting, or vented, skylight offers up the possibility of bringing in fresh air on demand. During Summer months, when skylights bring in too much sun, venting skylights can be opened electrically or manually to release that heat.

    Also, vented skylights work great in bathrooms, where moisture build-up can cause mold and mildew. Venting skylights in bathrooms reduces the reliance on heat lamps and fans--a very "green" remodeling thing to do.

    This is a Velux Venting Skylight. The venting...MORE operation is manual.

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  • 04 of 04

    Electric Venting Skylight: Fanciest and Most Error-Prone Skylight

    Electric Venting Skylight
    Electric Venting Skylight. Velux

    In the arena of vented skylights, you can either go manual or electric.

    Manually operated venting skylights do offer advantages--cheaper and less prone to break-downs.

    Electric venting skylights can cost up to three times more than their manual counterparts. Also, because of the complicated machinery involved, electric vented skylights have been known to break down.

    But one distinct advantage of the electric skylights is that some of them can automatically close at the first drop of rain.

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