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Should You Install Skylights?

by Lili Patch 02/27/2019

In the gray days of winter, everyone can benefit from some additional sunlight. Take advantage of the well-documented medical and psychological benefits of sunshine and the vitamin D it generates. Sure, you can open your windows, but then you lose that privacy. You can split the difference with a skylight or a light tube that allows light to come down from the roof of your home.

What is a Skylight?

A skylight is a window that opens up to the sky through the ceiling and roof of your home instead of out the side wall. Skylights come in a variety of styles from clear to frosted or patterned. Some even open and may include fans to help increase ventilation. Skylights must reach all the way through the roof to get access to that sunshine, so they require rooftop placement. That means single story properties can have kitchen skylights, but your two-story home limits skylights to upstairs bedrooms or an office. 

Skylights can be as simple or as fancy if you like. Just want some light? Go with a simple glass pane. Want some architectural detailing? Try a domed skylight or one with built-in shades or blinds. You can even get smart skylights that respond to apps on your phone or open and close on a schedule or with the predicted weather.

How about a Light Tube?

Light tubes differ from skylights because they reflect light down through a variety of tubes using mirrors. This structure removes the "view" element entirely and opens up a variety of locations that wouldn't work for skylights. One of the best features of light tubes is that the rooftop location doesn't have to be directly above the interior position. A lot of modern light tubes come with LED lights, so they work whether or not there is sunshine. Great places for light tubes include bathrooms, closets, and basically any dark niche. Light tubes that terminate in your walls instead of the roof open up lower or middle floors as well. 

Value and Energy

Properly installed skylights potentially decrease your energy costs by adding more natural light which means less electric light. However, if installed poorly, they can mess with your insulation increasing your heating and cooling costs. Always ensure you use the correct skylight for your home and weather. When you add a skylight correctly, it increases your home’s value. The best skylights protect the home’s energy efficiency and blend in well with the original design. You don’t want your skylight looking like an afterthought.

Before you add skylights or light tubes to your home, talk to your real estate agent about what the actual market value increase will be and the best skylights to use.

About the Author

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Lili Patch

What people love most about Lili Patch is her easy communication with them and her ready availability. This is not surprising as she was a Communications Major in College and began her professional career as an on-air broadcaster for major radio stations and media groups. Her many successful years as a Realtor is due in part to this terrific background. She is an excellent listener and continuously negotiates the best possible outcome for her buyers and sellers. Lili’s passion to continuously learn and stay cutting edge is a driving force, which is evidenced in her ability to serve her client’s needs at the highest level. She has earned certifications as a Seller Representative Specialist (SRS), a Certified Home Marketing specialist (CHMS), and a Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA). In her limited spare time, Lili enjoys running, cycling and her participation in book clubs and wine clubs.

Lili started her Real Estate career on the east coast, where she has licenses in 3 states..NH, ME, & MA. Moving on to the West Coast and getting her 4th license in CA, where she is currently enjoying the beauty of San Diego. She is humbled to be in a field that allows people to put so much trust in her, as she navigates a smooth journey on one of the largest purchases most will ever make.  Her major focus is to offer excellence and expertise to ensure a great real estate experience for her clients.