Natural lighting is an important subject for homeowners. There are some solid scientific benefits of natural lighting like higher productivity and improved mood but let’s be honest – a naturally lit room looks amazing.

Skylights are a great way to increase your home’s natural lighting. But which ones are right for you? Read this short guide and find out.

Types of Skylights

There are a few types of skylights to consider. Bear in mind that there are many different types of each. For example, fixed skylights include pyramid and walk-on skylights.


Fixed rooflights are the most popular choice. These rooflights are fixed, meaning they do not open. Taking away the need to be opened makes these rooflights practice for high ceilings.

Choose these for rooms with high ceilings.

Avoid if you need to use your skylight for ventilation.


Tubular rooflights are similar to fixed roof lights. This is a smaller, less obtrusive, circular rooflight.

Choose these if you are looking to have a rooflight in a tight space.

Avoid if you need a load of light. Tubular rooflights tend to be smaller in size than other options, although larger sizes are available.

Vented (opening)

Unlike fixed rooflights, vented rooflights open outwards to offer ventilation. These usually have to be placed on a pitched roof to be practical.

Choose ventilation is a deciding factor.

Avoid these if they are going on a ceiling with that is out of reach.

Types of Materials

Skylights’ frames are usually made of aluminium or plastic. Both have their pros and cons.

Aluminium is much more durable than plastic and is 100% recycled. However plastic is much cheaper and is a good option for some.

There is a lot to consider when purchasing skylights. If you would like to discuss a specific project or would like more advice on choosing the skylight that is right for you please get in touch with Cube Glass.