Should You Install Skylights?

by Patricia Braithwaite 04/14/2019

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
Author

Patricia Braithwaite

Braithwaite Realty Specialties Marketing and Sales in the NW Atlanta areas of Cobb and Paulding Counties specializing in both Commercial, Land and Residential properties as the Listing Agent and/or the Buyer's Agent While serving the real estate needs for the great people of NW Atlanta area for more than 20 years, Pat and her Assistants have met and helped many wonderful people. It has been their privilege to help others take their families, their estates or their employees to the next stage in life, obtaining their future dream.

As a Realtor and a Professional, Pat has used her targeted resources to help Buyers and Sellers make valued decisions and move forward with their Real Estate goals and needs. Beyond her many years of helping local Buyers and Sellers reach their dreams, she is a hard working Broker, highly involved with each Client and Sale.

As a highly ranked Rainmaker on Active Rain, a CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) and an ePRO Specialist (National Association of Realtors Marketing Certification) and her active partnership with 11Alive - Marietta, she keeps her interests and knowledge sharp and current. Some of Pat’s professional Community accomplishments include Founding President of the Rotary Club of Dallas, 2015 Member of Rotary Club of East Cobb, Founding Board Member of the Paulding Education Foundation and the Foundation's original Scholarship Foundation Chairperson. In 2006 she was honored with the Atlanta Commercial Board's Multi-Million Dollar Achiever Award.

During the Recession, she turned her focus and abilities to match Buyer and Seller homeowner needs and together, they made major progress through hard work and success, reaching multi-million sales per year. Yes, the Buyers and Sellers worked hard through this process also… and through teamwork and targeted efforts, they succeeded. Now the market has recovered for both Residential and Commercial. Pat and her team reorganized and focused to help both markets achieve their goals for their exciting new future.

Pat loves utilizing her previous years of experience in the corporate world in Sales and Marketing to help her wonderful client base succeed with their goals today. She looks forward to meeting and helping you also.

-Braithwaite Realty