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Which Type of Skylight Is Best for Your Home

Updated: May 9, 2023 (Click here for a complete list of our services!)

Skylights can add a beautiful touch of lighting to any space within your home, but it is important that you pick the one that is meant for your roof. Skylights don’t only add natural lighting, but can also help save you some money on your electricity bills. It is important to remember when choosing a skylight that you’ll want to consider size, design, and functionality. Follow along to learn about some of the different styles of skylights and their unique functions!

flat skylights on a shingle roof

Fixed Skylights

Fixed skylights are one of the most common types of skylights found in both commercial businesses and residential homes. Typically, fixed skylights mainly function as a natural lighting source as most of them do not open to allow airflow or ventilation into your home. Fixed skylights often come in two different forms; dome fixed skylights are installed onto flat roofs, and flat fixed skylights are installed onto shingled/peaked roofs. Because of the physical nature of flat roofs, rainwater has the potential to sit on top of your skylights which is why dome skylights are recommended. Dome skylights are also extremely durable and are able to withstand heavy rainstorms and snow. Overall, fixed skylights are one of the more affordable options to go with.

Ventilated Skylights

Almost exactly the same as fixed skylights, ventilated skylights also allow natural light to fill your home, except these are able to open! Ventilated skylights work exceptionally well in kitchens or bathrooms as they are able to let out excess moisture and increase the fresh air flow in your home. This type of skylight is one of the more practical options if you’re looking for both natural light and natural ventilation.

Tubular Skylights

Tubular skylights are a great option for smaller homes as they require a lot less ceiling/roof space. This type of skylight is just as the name suggests; it is a small tubular opening with a bubble-like window that draws in light. Just like fixed skylights, tubular skylights are unable to open so their main function is to allow natural lighting into your desired space. One special function that these skylights have that the others don't is that they are able to be angled to fit the specific space you want them to be in. Although these skylights are one of the easiest to install, they do not allow you to have a view of the sky as other skylights would have. Consider this type of skylight for smaller areas that only require natural light, and not a view.

Pyramid Skylights

Pyramid Skylights are all the rave for interior and exterior designers as they offer a clean yet dramatic element to any home! Pyramid skylights are especially well at grabbing light at all times during the day which helps to aesthetically enhance your space. Although pyramid skylights do not offer any type of ventilation since they do not open, they do add an elegant touch to any room! These types of skylights are often used for design purposes, so if that's the goal these are your go-to!


It is important to remember that the skylight you choose should not only be appealing, but fully functional for your specific space. Certain skylights are designed for different areas in your house; you may want a certain skylight but it may not work for the space. When hiring a contractor to install your skylight, be sure to hire someone reputable and who has extensive knowledge in this area as any mistakes can cause leaks, water damage, and even structural damage.

Here at Elite Roofing, we specialize in skylight installation. If you are interested in adding a skylight(s) to your home, our estimators will come out to check out your property and suggest the best type for your specific needs! Interested in receiving a FREE estimate? Give us a call at (201)436-1011, or send us an email at today.

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