• Both skylights and roof windows bring in natural light and can transform a dark room into a cozy retreat.

    But did you know there is a difference between roof windows and skylights? Depending on the style of your home and the location of the room, one type might be better for your home than the other.

    If you’re not sure what the differences are, we cover the benefits of each so you can make an informed decision.

    The Differences Between Skylights And Roof Windows

    There are benefits to both types of ceiling windows including more light and better ventilation. But what are the differences between skylight windows and roof windows?

    Skylights are fixed windows that do not open. A skylight offers lots of natural light but it doesn’t open for venting.

    skylights and roof windows which is right for your home

    Roof windows let in light but also opens to allow venting. These types of windows are sometimes called venting windows. They may or may not have a screen.

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    The Pros Of Both Styles

    If your home lacks light, a skylight or roof window allows natural light into your home.

    Skylights add natural light to an area that doesn’t have enough windows. Roof windows add both light and air flow.

    Have you ever noticed that you feel better in rooms with lots of natural light?

    Access to more sunlight boosts your mood and makes you happy. Exposure to sunlight increases our levels of serotonin, a chemical in the body which makes us feel good.

    Another pro is that both types add value and increase the resale value of your home.

    Plan Around Your Space

    The first step is to plan first and determine if you can install a skylight or roof window in your home.

    For instance, your home may not be a good fit for skylight roofs since roof pitch affects the drainage. Without proper drainage, moisture can stain and damage your skylight.

    Rooms That Need More Light

    The type of window you should choose depends on the room itself. For example, the position of the sun impacts the intensity of the sun’s rays and may make the room too hot.

    If you’re installing skylights in a kitchen, consider tinted glass to protect against sun bleaching.

    The bedroom is a prime location for a skylight as the light helps regulate the body’s internal clock. As a bonus, you can sleep looking up at the stars.

    Rooms That Need Ventilation

    Roof windows add extra ventilation to your space, which makes them ideal for bathrooms where moisture builds up. Window ventilation prevents condensation which can lead to mold.

    Another great location for roof windows is attic bedrooms that need extra air flow and light.

    If you plan on installing a roof window in a high ceiling, opt for a remote control mechanism to open and close your window.

    Always Get A Consultation First

    So in the battle between roof window vs skylight, which one is right for your home?

    In the end, each home is different and your best bet is to get a consultation first. A professional can evaluate the slope of your roof, the sun’s position, and the room itself to let you know which type of window is best for that space.

    A pro can also walk you through different types of glazing and options for single, double, or triple-pane glass. Even if you plan to DIY the job, always get a consultation before installing skylights and roof windows.

    Do you have questions about installation or other roof-related issues? If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact us and we’ll be happy to help you.