Skylight vs Roof Windows
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Skylight vs Roof Window – Which is Right for you?

Oct 1, 2021 | Company News

Natural lighting and views seem to be all the rage in house design nowadays. Skylights are many people’s first choice to add a cost-effective aesthetic feature or dip into more environmentally friendly lighting choices, but for many of us ‘skylight’ is the only term we hear. Roof windows are a similar but notably different installation, which may be more suited to what many people are actually looking for.

So, what’s the difference? How can you be sure which one is right for you? Read on to find out what skylights and roof windows really have to offer.

This blog will explain the differences between skylights and roof windows, as well as outline the benefits of each. Read on to find out which may suit your needs best, and reach out to Skylights WA for personalised advice for your home.

What is a Skylight?

Traditionally, most of us are far more familiar with the term ‘skylight’. But likely what you’re picturing is just a general window panel on the ceiling – the function of a skylight is far more specific than this. Installation of a skylight is primarily for the purpose of natural lighting and solar heating. Rather than simply aesthetics or views alone, a skylight is built to ensure your house is lit up with as much organic light as possible. They are structured to capture and transfer light into the home consistently, converting sun rays into a reliable alternative to electric lights.

Benefits of a Skylight

So, is a skylight right for you? The simplest answer is that if you’re looking for function, installing a skylight over a roof window is likely your best bet. Here are a few perks for having a skylight in your home:

Natural Lighting – A key facet of most modern design, natural lighting is all the rage nowadays. Many of us are falling in love with the beauty of eliminating too much artificial lighting in our homes, and a skylight is an efficient and cost-effective way to achieve this. 

Solar Heating – A skylight can naturally add heat to your home, lessening the need for heating systems and providing an environmentally friendly alternative. 

Money Saved – With so much of your daily heating and lighting taken care of when the sun is shining, it’s no surprise that your electricity bills will see a significant change. Plus, the environment will thank you for the switch to solar dependence!

What is a Roof Window? 

Where does that leave roof windows? There’s nothing too complicated about a roof window – it is a window in your roof. Simple as that! A beautiful aesthetic addition to your house, a roof window can offer beautiful views of the sky and the same amount of natural lighting any other window would be able to. If you’re interested in a ‘skylight’ is for aesthetics rather than wanting to minimise the use of artificial light in the household, a roof window may be what you’re looking for.

Benefits of a Roof Window 

Whilst not built for solar lighting/heating purposes, a roof window tends to be the perfect home addition for many people. They’re simple but can add so much to the aesthetics of your home. Here are just a few reasons many people are opting to install a roof window: 

Increased Home Value – Adding any design feature to your home can work wonders for resale value. A roof window is a simple and cost-effective addition that can increase the worth of your house just by being an attractive feature.

Natural Views and Ventilation – The simplicity of a roof window can still add so much to your household. Enjoy views of the sky and natural lighting on a beautiful day, and opening up a roof window can act as great ventilation for your household.

Added Space – A roof window can make it feel like your whole home has opened up! Similar to mirrors or windows on walls, a roof window can give the impression of a room feeling bigger and more spacious. 

Book a Consultation to Install Your Perfect Home Addition 

Whether you’re looking for a skylight or a roof window, you want to be sure you’re making the right decision. If you’re looking to discuss further and find the correct installation for your home, Skylights WA is ready to talk you through the process and find your perfect match. With a wide range of both skylights and roof windows, we can help you find the addition that will have you falling in love with your home all over again. Book a consultation today to find out what we can offer you.