What Type of Skylight Should I Choose?

Skylights are a great way to improve your home’s energy efficiency and keep them warmer during winter. They can also make rooms feel bigger and brighten dark areas by harnessing the power of sunlight. If you are considering adding a skylight to your home, it’s important to choose the right type depending on your desired function and appearance. Here is a little more detail on the three major types of skylights.

Ventilating Skylights

Otherwise known as a “roof window,” these types of skylights can crack open on a hinge to provide your home with a number of benefits, including ventilation during cool evenings of summer and warm afternoons of winter. They come in a wide variety of shapes, including flat, arched, domed, or pyramid.

Pros: Allow lots of additional light into a room, provides ventilation, easy to clean, and can work with vaulted ceilings through electronic operation.
Cons: Are more difficult to install, are more prone to leaking, and are the most expensive option of the three.

Fixed Skylights

A fixed skylight is similar to a ventilating skylight in that they come in the same variety of shapes and sizes, but they don’t open on a hinge. However they still can provide your room with an abundance of additional light.

Pros: Let in lots of light, keep your home warm during the cooler winters, can be placed in out-of-reach areas, provide excellent outdoor views, durable
Cons: No ventilation

Tubular Skylights

These lights are designed for smaller spaces that need additional light, such as hallways, pantries, and closets that are not directly connected to the roof of your home. They work by taking light from the rooftop and sending it down a reflective pipe to the ceiling of the room they are located in. This means that you can put one of these lights into nearly any room of your house.

Pros: Easy to install, inexpensive, can be installed in nearly any room of your house, impact your indoor temperature the least, and the least prone to leaking.
Cons: Allow the least light, do not offer exterior views


If you would like to install a skylight, trust a Phoenix roofer from Lyons Roofing to get the job done right the first time. Our technicians are all highly trained in the latest construction and installation techniques to make sure they can get whatever you need done right the first time. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured to offer you the peace of mind of knowing your skylight is being installed properly, and we are proud to be a certified installer of a number of different companies.

Find out more about installing a skylight in your roof. Call Lyons Roofing today at (520) 447-2522 to request a service.