How Much Does a Skylight Cost? Glass, Parts, Labor and All

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Skylights range widely in price. With labor, they may cost anywhere from $800 for a basic fixed option to over $4,000 for a remote-controlled, solar-powered skylight. 

There’s simply no denying the appeal of a skylight in your home or business. These room-brightening cutouts allow for a steady stream of natural light to pour in, making the space measurably more luxurious and pleasant. Installing a brand-new set of roof windows seems like a daunting task if you’ve never looked into it before, but skylights can bring some surprising budgetary benefits that can help offset the investment. 

Read this guide to learn how much a skylight costs and to get an idea if it’s something worth considering for your space.

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How Much Skylights Cost

  • The Skylight Itself: $300 to $3,000 — Like any item for your home, skylights vary greatly in cost depending on what type and model you choose. Our skylights range from under $300 for a fixed deck mount skylight to over $3,000 for a solar-powered or electric skylight. The higher-end (and higher-cost) options will come with a slew of extra features that might make them more appealing to you. Here are a few reasons why skylight models may differ so much in cost:
  • Features — You will pay a bit extra for special features on your skylight, such as electric venting, so you can open and close the light with a remote control, and integrated sensors that allow it to close automatically in case of inclement weather. They may also come with built-in electric blinds. On the other hand, our more basic options are fixed, so they don’t open and close, and have fewer extra features.
  • Glass — When choosing your skylight, you can upgrade to a variety of different skylight glass options. The higher-end glass is more energy efficient and may feature a special coating to make it appear cleaner and reduce unwanted noise. Your climate and preferences will impact which glass is best for your specific environment, so always consider this when shopping. For example, heavy snow areas may require special glass.
  • Additional Parts — When shopping for skylights, keep in mind that you may have to invest in a few extra parts during the installation process. For example, you may want to upgrade to a special roof flashing — the thin material that directs water away from the skylight — to create a unique design or match the color of your roof. Things like skylight underlayment, power supply and tube extensions may also be required during installation.
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  • Labor: $500+ — What does it cost to install a skylight? Unfortunately, there’s no clear answer to this question, as it will vary greatly based on your space, skylight type and region. As a general rule, expect labor costs to start at around $500 and go up from there depending on the demands of the project. We’d recommend calling around to different roofing and contracting companies to get two or three quotes. It’s a good idea to buy your skylight online through a website like Skylights for Less rather than your contractor to get the best price.
  • Accessories: $125+ — Skylight accessories are a great way to customize your skylight and make it perfectly suited to your unique space, but they can add extra costs to your project. For example, you might want to add skylight blinds so you can control the light and temperature in the room as needed. Blinds can ring up for between $125 and $400, depending on which style you choose.

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Installing a Skylight Can Save You Money

When deciding whether or not to install a skylight, it’s important to note that while the upfront investment may be high, your new window can actually save you money in the long run. This is because it can help your home with daylighting and ventilation which can in turn help you reduce energy costs associated with lighting, heating and cooling the space. This can add up to massive savings, no matter if you’re installing a single skylight for your home or a whole row of commercial skylights in your business.

On top of the direct savings from a lowered energy bill, the federal government offers special tax credits of up to 30 percent on skylights and windows that can help reduce energy consumption. What’s great about these credits is that they apply to the cost of the skylight and accessories which can add up to a huge savings in the grand scheme of things. The average tax credit for a solar skylight and installation is as much as $480, while the average tax credit for solar blinds is up to $720.

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Ready to Buy? Skylights for Less Can Help

Want to price out your brand-new skylight? Skylights for Less is here to help you with the entire process, from selecting your specific model to determining how you can get the most tax credits when you purchase. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to us at any time. Our experts are here to help!