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Caitlyn, Home Buyer in Sunnyvale, CA

How much do skylights typically cost to install? Thanks!

Asked by Caitlyn, Sunnyvale, CA Tue Apr 15, 2008

I just bought an Eichler style home that is lovely and quaint but a little dark. I want to install several skylights in the common areas (living room, dining) to give it more light but am strapped for cash because of the home purchase. How much do skylights typically cost to install professionally and are there cheaper or easier alternatives? Would the hubby, who is a beginning DIY-er be able to install one himself?

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I just got quoted from a Velux-recommended service. $2700 for two 30x48 inch fixed skylights. I have a mid-century modern home with a low-pitched roof, post-and-beamed ceilings, no attic - so installation is more straightforward than in a home with an attic.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 19, 2011
The cost of a new skylight varies widely depending on size, glass or acrylic, how tall your house it, what type of ceiling you have...etc. It is generally pretty expensive. One a standard house with little to no attic a 2ft X 4ft skylight may be about $2500 installed. Another brand of tube skylight that is a little bit less expensive than Solatube, but great quality is the VELUX Sun Tunnel. VELUX is known world wide as the most trusted brand of leak proof traditional skylights. You can find a dealer near you at:…

If you call into the dealer near you they will give you a quote on installing traditional and or tube skylights.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 4, 2011
It depends on the size of the window that you are hoping to install. It will also depend on the type of window you end up getting, since that will be added into the cost as well. I would definitely say that it would be best to get it installed professionally just to make sure it is done well. Depending on the service it could be different for each business, so it would be best to check cost with each service!…
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 8, 2014
Caitlyn, skylights are not typically easy to install, and may require some re-framing and drywalling in the ceiling. Another option is a Solatube. You can go to and find a dealer near you. Very easy install, and would only take a few hours. Also, they are UV A,B,C protected, as well as don't allow any heat to transfer. They really are the tubular skylights!
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