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Many new homes being built today have rooms with skylights so natural light can filter into the home, creating a great atmosphere. If you do not have a skylight in your home but want one added, you can and without too much cost. In fact, if you are handy, you can add the skylight yourself or if you prefer, you can hire a professional to do the job for you.

When choosing a skylight, you want something that will look great and provide the right amount and level of natural light. Depending on the style of skylight you choose, you can make a small room appear to be much larger. You will have a choice of roof or ceiling style, each with advantages.

If you plan to install the skylight in the kitchen or bathroom, you want to choose a ventilating style. The reason is that both of these rooms have humidity because so you need a skylight that can handle this environment. You will find that your room is brightly lit and since this type of skylight opens, you will have your choice of ways to open and close it. For instance, you can choose a temperature sensor, an electric wall switch, remote control, or motorized or hand crank option.

If you want to add light to a dark area such as an attic or dormer, the fixed skylight would be perfect. You will enjoy plenty of light and this type of skylight is inexpensive. Typically, the fixed skylight is made of acrylic and comes in a number of sizes and styles. Another type of skylight is the tubular one. This particular style is the newest on the market and although small, they can be installed in smaller areas that the standard skylight would not fit. Since this skylight comes in 10 and 14-inch, it would be perfect for small bathrooms, hallways, and walk-in closets.

If you like, you can also choose from a number of extra features such as the following:
  • Tinting � If you do not want direct sunlight filtering into your home, you can choose to have the skylight tinted so the UV rays are filtered and the light a little more subtle. Additionally, if you live in a region that is hot, the tinting can help block out some of the heat.

  • Insulated Thermal Glass � During the winter, heat from inside the house can seep out through the skylight. With this type of glass, the loss of heat is greatly reduced.

  • Shades/Blinds � You can choose manual or motorized shades/blinds that when the sun is too bold, you can close the shade to block out light and heat.

  • Insect Screens � This would be used on ventilation-type skylights to keep the insects out when the skylight is open
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