Skylights are a great way to let the natural light into your home. From solar tubes to skylight blinds, learn everything you need to know before, during, and after your skylight purchase.

Let the Sunlight In

Skylights are an optimal way to let natural light into your home. From tubular to fixed, explore our selection of skylights and accessories. Once you’ve picked out your skylight, visit us in-store to book a free consultation with one of our professional installers.

Before You Buy


The first step in buying a skylight is figuring out its placement in your home. Skylights only work in rooms that are directly below the roof or below an unfinished attic space. If you want to install your skylight in a room below an attic, there must be a light shaft that goes through the attic in place.

Roof: The roof thickness determines the type of installation required. Make sure you know if you have a truss or rafter roof support system.

  • Truss: Lumber beams make a “W” shaped support system in your roof. They are placed in triangular sections to reinforce the structure of your roof.
  • Rafter: A series of sloped lumber beams that make a “V” shape from the peak of your roof down to the perimeter.

Note: Never cut rafters or trusses without first consulting an engineer or structural expert.

Ceiling: The type of ceiling you have dictates whether or not you need a shaft to direct light into the room.

  • Cathedral Ceilings: Require one hole because skylights can mount right into the roof.        
  • Regular Ceilings: Need either a straight or flared shaft.

Shaft: The shape of the shaft dictates the flow of the natural light in a room. When using a shaft you’ll have to cut and frame two holes — one in the ceiling and in the roof.

  • Flared Shaft: Angled on all four sides, it directs the most light into a room.
  • Straight Shaft: It directs the light straight down, resulting in a focused beam straight below the window.    

Note: Remember that shafts need insulating to prevent heat loss. Make sure to always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

 


Types of Skylights

  • Tubular sun tunnel skylight

    Tubular Skylights

    Tubular skylights are a great way to brighten up any room. Offering a direct beam of light, they are a perfect addition to windowless rooms or corridors. Their small size (normally a 10-inch or 14-in. diameter) allows them to be used in spaces where full-sized skylights cannot. Hallways, bathrooms, and even closets can accommodate a tubular skylight. They provide a lot of light in spite of their small size.
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  • Vented self-flashing glass skylight

    Vented Skylights

    Vented skylights have a hinge at the top and open slightly, allowing for air circulation through the skylight. Ventilated skylights can be operated in the following ways:
    • Controlled by temperature sensor
    • Remote control
    • Electric on/off wall switch
    • Manual or motorized hand crank
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  • Fixed curb mount glass skylight

    Fixed Skylights

    Fixed skylights are for additional light only. They're great for attics, bonus rooms, or anywhere you want extra illumination or to enjoy the view. Styles and sizes vary from domes to rectangles.
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DIY Installation Types

If you do decide to install your skylight yourself, remember the adage “measure twice and cut once.” Also make sure to check for any wiring before cutting.

Curb-Mounted

The most common skylight installation type, curb-mounted skylights need to be installed on a box structure. This skylight is designed to sit over the curb of the box.

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Deck-Mounted

Deck mounted skylights come with a built-in curb that you will need to seal with underlayment or other waterproof materials.

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Self-Flashing

Self-flashing skylights can be installed directly into the roof opening. They require less labour and materials for installation, but usually require help from trained professionals.

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Additional Skylight Features To Consider

Here are some extras you might want to look for when selecting a skylight:

  • Insulated thermal glass prevents loss of heat in winter and assists with cooling in summer.
  • Tinting filters UV rays and additional heat.
  • Shades or blinds screen full sun — a good idea as the sun tracks through the room during the day.
  • Remotes for blinds allow you to control whether they’re up or down.
  • Insect screens on ventilating skylights keep pests outdoors where they belong.
  • Solar-equipped windows allow you to forego any wiring for your remote.
  • Weather sensors close the skylight automatically at the first drop of rain.
  • Two-pane energy-efficient glass offers insulation to keep the warm or cold air out.

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