6 Different Types of Skylights

Beyond enhancing the aesthetics of a room, a skylight can improve energy efficiency by brightening up low-lit areas and cutting down on the use of electricity and heating. If you’re considering adding one to your home, we discuss the different types of skylights available and which one might be best suited for your property.

Fixed Skylight

This is the type of skylight that is used the most is the fixed design. This style is set in place and can’t be opened to allow airflow inside or out. It essentially acts as an additional fixed window on the ceiling that is completely sealed to the roof. 

Benefits and Best Location:

  • These lights are ideal for any areas that could benefit from more natural light where you don’t need to reach and access them.
  •  Stairwells or hallways would be ideal areas for these kinds of skylights since they can significantly enhance the amount of natural light in these areas without compromising the design of these spaces.

Ventilated Skylight

Unlike the fixed design, ventilated skylights can be opened, adding natural light and airflow when needed. These are ideal for those looking to install a skylight in an area of the home that could benefit from increased ventilation. 

Benefits and Best Location:

  • These skylights are best used for areas where you want to minimize moisture and maximize airflow. They typically have a remote for opening and closing purposes, and some have sensor abilities so that they will automatically close when moisture is detected.
  • A ventilated skylight would work best in the bathroom and kitchen. 

Pyramid Skylights

As the name suggests, this skylight is designed in a shape similar to a pyramid and is used mostly on flat roofs. There are multiple versions of this, but all are typically fixed and cannot be opened. 

Benefits and Best Location: 

  • Most flat-roof buildings are commercial spaces, so these kinds of skylights are ideal for such locations.
  • They not only add light but also architectural flare. Depending on the complexity of the look a customer desires will affect the final results of a pyramid skylight.

Curb-Mounted Skylights

Another highly popular skylight design is the curb-mounted skylight. These tend to be the most cost-effective and are suitable for almost any space. These have a very basic, minimalistic design, which makes them so attractive. The size can also be adjusted more easily. 

Benefits and Best Location:

  • Curb-mounted designs are double-walled and thoroughly insulated to provide a strong seal from air leaks. So they are optimal for retaining heat indoors. 
  • When you want a simple and easy addition to your home, this is a great choice. It could work well in a bedroom, pantry, or other areas of your home where you desire more natural light.

Ridge Skylights

Ridge skylights are like having windowpanes installed on your roof. They add a stunning, sophisticated feature that can drastically improve the amount of natural light while creating a captivating space. Multiple skylights are usually installed along with the same pitch in a line, and they can also be used on flat roofs. 

Benefits and Best Location:

  • The sheer amount of natural light these skylights can deliver makes them ideal for entertaining spaces and in wooded areas where vertical windows might not brighten the space enough.
  • These are typically added in living rooms and kitchens where the large amount of light they provide can be easily enjoyed at any time of day.

Custom Skylights

Today, skylights can also be customized for your residential or commercial space. Whether you want something square, rectangular, dome-like, or uniquely shaped, you can tailor it to create something beautiful and one of a kind. Choose any shape and size, ventilated or fixed. 

Benefits and Best Location: 

  • This is ideal for those who have a roof that can make it complicated to install the common designs that are available.
  • If you are looking for a statement light or prefer something out of the ordinary for your entryway or office space, a custom skylight might work for you. Working with an experienced installation team can make all the difference in helping you decide what will work in your home or building.

How to Choose the Right Skylight for Your Needs:

Make sure you understand what you are aiming to achieve and improve with a skylight for your property. Here are some things to consider when making your decision:

Identify Your Needs

What’s the main priority of installing a skylight for you? Is it improving natural light inside or enhancing the aesthetics of your interior? Do you need it to open and allow ventilation and better airflow, or can it be fixed and untouched?

Size and Shape

What area are you hoping to have the skylight installed? What type of size and shape might work best for this space? What will look best with the size and layout of the room?


Skylights will increase the sunlight inside, but remember that too much natural light might also create an overly bright and uncomfortable interior space. Pay attention to areas that are overly exposed to the sun during the day to avoid installing it in these spots. 

Roofmaster has you covered for all of your skylight installation and repair needs. Give us a call to get the expert advice and workmanship you can count on.