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How Worth it is a Skylight?

by Courtney Banks 07/28/2019

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

Courtney Banks

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Courtney moved to the Bay Area in 2008 to attend the University of San Francisco where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communication and her Master’s Degree in Education. Previously, she taught Kindergarten at Lafayette Elementary school.

One of the things that originally drew Courtney to the beautiful city of San Francisco was her love of the unique city architecture. Living here for 10 years has allowed her to explore, experience, and live in multiple neighborhoods throughout the city (and bay area), including; The Outer Richmond, Pan Handle, Marina, North Beach, Presidio and even Sausalito. Her variety of neighborhood knowledge makes her a great resource for your buying or selling needs!

Through her teaching career, Courtney has developed a great sense of patience, understanding, and creativity in problem-solving. These skills allow her to build meaningful relationships with clients to serve them in any of their real estate needs. She understands that buying or selling a home is a personal and often, emotional process and she will be there to support her clients in finding their perfect solution.

Courtney loves to take advantage of all that San Francisco has to offer, especially the food! She enjoys staying active and hiking with her dog in beautiful Marin, or strolling through different neighborhoods in search of the newest bakeries!

In working with Courtney, you will get someone who will listen to your wants and needs, who will go to bat for you, and who will be patient and understanding throughout this personal journey.