Skylights are a fantastic addition to any room of the home. However, difficult to make a selection with so many products on the market! Any manufacturer can provide a price list for skylight products there are a variety of shapes, sizes and quality of products. While these are likely to range between $100 and $1,800 it is often the installation that can start at $200 and increase from there – too……. How much do you want to spend?
While consumers are asking “how much do skylights cost?” Solatube Australia’s Certified Installation Consultants discuss with customers what they want to achieve in the room. It really comes down to three options.
Skylight Price Guide
Tradition Square Skylights
$1,000 – $3,500 (including installation costs)
Advanced Tubular daylighting system
$800 – $1,600 (including installation costs)
Roof windows or customised glazing feature
|Often start around $2,500 installed and can substantially increase depending on the construction of home|
The purchase of a skylight is very similar to that of a car, with so many options available, price ranges can vary a lot.
A $20,000 Toyota can quickly become a $30,000 Toyota once you add power windows, CD player, all-leather interior, chrome finishes, extended cab, 4-wheel drive, 4 doors versus two, upgraded wheels, dual exhaust, built-in GPS system, etc.
Why do people elect so many upgrades when buying a new car? Because they understand the importance of getting what they want up front, rather than having regrets down the road (literally).
We spend a lot of time in the car, so it’s important we pick one that’s comfortable, well made and suitable for the long term.
We spend even more time in our homes – so the buying criteria for selecting the right skylight should be considered just as seriously.
Let’s explain each of the options:
1) Traditional Square skylights and what they look like?
At Solatube we really do believe these products are a thing of the past. They often provide poor light performance by utilising flex duct or Gyprock to line the light well up to the skylight, only allowing access to see the sky directly under the skylight and often do not spread light throughout the room leaving a bright hot spot on the ground when the sun is directly overhead still requiring artificial lights in the other dark areas. The only real benefit is by choosing an openable window that allows you to add fresh air when opened. While many customers are hoping to achieve a result similar to option 3, they are often restricted by a trust frame roof or other construction obstacles and end up with installations as below
This is why at Solatube we suggest reviewing your budgets and selecting either of the second two options
2) Advanced Daylighting system and what they look like?
(not just another tube skylight – why you should never choose flexi duct)
If the ability to see the sky is not an issue than an advanced tubular daylighting system is the very best solution for providing workable natural light.
Meaning you can – Work, read, cook, play or complete any other tasks under the skylight with a beautiful spread of consistent light throughout the entire day, even melting butter on top of the kitchen table.
While you should always avoid cheap, low quality options, the top of the range daylighting will not require any structural changes at a modest price of $900- $1600 installed. Providing maximum light, whilst removing heat with patent INFRAREDuction technology.
As seen below these products pack a much larger punch of light, spreading it throughout the room. By selecting the right diffuser, it will evenly spread light from the ceiling reducing glare.
3) Roof window or customised glazing Feature
When skylights come to mind this is the type of product that customers typically want to achieve because they have seen the latest renovation show. While these are truly spectacular features for a home, customers should ensure they have a big enough budget to ensure that they can achieve the result. As seen below these rooms look spectacular, but always ensure a blind is used. Think about the last time you spent all day sitting next to any window how the discomfort of heat may affect the space.
If you are interested in installing a skylight in your home but are still unsure about costs and the intricacies of installation, allow us to help. Call our team for a free quotation on 13 16 19 – and we will be more than happy to look closely at the most stunning and practical skylight options for your budget. There’s no necessary obligation required, either.
You may even qualify for a free installation – call now and let us take a closer look at your needs and requirements to tailor the perfect skylight installation package for you.