Skylight installation cost


How much does it cost to install a skylight?

Cost of skylight installation determined by number of factors and total expenses primary depend on skylight prices and labor cost to complete the work. While calculating total expenditures for installing new skylight number of additional factors should be taken into account. Contractor will calculate the cost after in-home inspection and analyzing work complexity. Itemized estimate will reflect all charges and fees associated with skylight installation as well as materials expenses.

Estimating skylight installation cost

Skylight prices comparison materials-prices

Prices vary greatly and depend on type, size and materials quality the skylight made of. Standard deck mount fixed vinyl skylight for 21” x 38” rough opening is very affordable option. At the same time a 74” x 64” electric venting self flashing aluminum skylight with double pane 1/4” thick tempered glass will have significantly higher price. Because of huge variety of designs, styles, dimensions and types of skylights available difference in price between cheapest and the most expensive option can easily exceed 500%.

Determining labor cost for skylight installation labor-cost

Labor cost will depend on its difficulty. Simple replacement of an old 10” – 21” in diameter tubular skylight with no reframing and fixing the roof as well as finishing ceiling inside involved will be estimated at minimum charge. The cost will escalade enormously for building everything from the scratch on a high pitch roof and installing a curb mount 51” wide 99” high dome skylight which weight over 100 lbs. Cutting rafters and making rough opening as well as finishing drywall will increase labor expenses.

Installing a junction box, switch and wiring electrically operated skylight will lead to additional fees.

Shopping for a skylight shopping

Laminated, acrylic or wood with aluminum clad skylights in standard dimensions can be purchased from the shelf of a local home improvement retailer or ordered online for home delivery. If the budget is low plan your renovation project well ahead and watch for clearance and seasonal sales – some products might be sold with 10% – 15% discounts from its original price. Always discuss prices with contractor who can recommend or (and) buy desire size, shape, type, glazing and frame color of skylight.

Estimating installation time estimating-time

Difficulty of work will define the time necessary for completing the task. Simple replacement of curb mounted 24” x 36” skylight on a flat or low slope roof of one story house can be performed in couple hours by two installers. But building opening and installing custom shape architectural skylight on a high pitch three story house can easily take a few days to complete exterior and finish interior work.

Typically any type or residential skylight will be installed in a day. Additional 1 – 2 days might be necessary for finishing interior including hanging, mudding and sanding drywall as well as painting the ceiling.

Work complexity work-complexity

Skylight installation is a moderate difficulty project. But before thinking about cutting labor cost and doing it yourself homeowners with no or minimal carpentry and roofing skills should realistically evaluate the ability to complete the task successfully. Proper installation is essentially important and poor performed work might cause developing multiple problems including leaking roof and even damaging the house interior. For such matter it is always better to hire an experienced contractor who will guaranty the work quality.