Fun additions to Skylights!

If your home has skylights, you might take them for granted. Other than providing extra natural light in your space, you probably don’t think too much about what you can do with them. There are, however, a number of fun things you can add to skylights to make them much more than windows! As you read the rest of this guide, you’ll discover what five of these things are and, hopefully, spark your creativity along the way.

  1. Holiday decorations – Very few people decorate their ceilings for the holidays but skylights allow you to add fun decorations throughout the year. Themed window clings are a great option but you can even add unexpected items as well. Securing a wreath to a skylight at Christmas time for instance, is sure to make a statement!
  2. Tints – You might not realize it, but skylights can be tinted to whatever shade you desire. Whether you want your skylights to be darker to provide added privacy and security for your family or you’re interested in adding a colorful tint, such as a purple or blue hue, it can be done. There are kits that allow you to tint your own windows or you can contact a professional to handle the project for you.
  3. Shapes for kids – If you have little ones in your house, you know that every moment can turn into a teaching moment. Your kids probably love looking at any skylights in your home, so make them educational! Whether you buy pre-made window clings or create your own shapes from construction paper, skylights are the perfect place to put shapes for your children to familiarize themselves with.
  4. Frosted contact paper – Although contact paper is most often used to line drawers and shelves, the clear variety can create a beautiful frosted glass look on windows and doors. Whether you’re interested in increased privacy or you just want to add visual interest to your skylight, looking-up a tutorial for how to do this project is sure to be right up your alley.
  5. Glowing stars and planets – Skylights are the ideal spot to put glow-in-the-dark ceiling stickers, such as stars and planets. Typically, these come in packs and they are perfect for kids and teens of all ages; many adults even like them!

Hopefully these ideas have helped you figure out something fun to do with the skylights in your home. Beautifying these windows is something you can do on your own to surprise your family or turn into a bonding activity for everyone in your household. No matter which option you choose, you’re sure to love your newly decorated skylights! If you have any questions about skylights or our capabilites as a window and roofing provider, give us a call today! 


Different Types of Skylights!

Skylights offer natural lighting, benefits regarding heating and cooling, and are overall great due to giving one the ability to look at the stars at night while trying to fall asleep. These are all great reasons to consider when considering an installation of skylights. What most people don’t know is that there are a variety of skylights one can choose from. We wanted to showcase some of the options when considering skylights in this blog.

Fixed Skylight

Fixed skylights are generally what people think of hearing the term skylight. These skylights do not have the ability to be opened which is not a bad thing at all. Due to their inability to open, they are seen as the most watertight option when it comes to skylights. Also, because of their simplicity, fixed skylights are generally the cheapest style to install.

Tubular Skylight

Tubular skylights allow you to harness the light from the sun to provide a room or hallway with natural light. A tubular skylight has a dome top that captures the sun’s rays. A tube of reflective material is run through the attic leading to the ceiling below where, what looks like a light fixture, is placed. These do not provide a view of the stars or clouds above but can add a lot of natural lighting while not running up your electric bill. This is a great option for homes with natural lighting issues and for those who are environmentally conscious!

Manual Venting Skylight

These are similar to your Fixed skylight with the exception of it being able to be manually open to let warm air escape and fresh air in. Great for keeping down cooling cost while adding natural lighting and the ability to look at the night sky!

Electronic Venting Skylight

These tend to be the most expensive due to the wiring required. The electronic venting skylight gives you utmost convivence of opening and closing the windows with the press of a button. Some of the nicer models have the ability to close upon the first drop of rain, giving you peace of mind on those humid pre-thunderstorm afternoons. No need to run to the next room to close the skylight!

Residential Exterior Can Help!

Residential Exterior Inc. is proud to say we are certified in Wasco skylight installations. Give us a call at 781.848.1999 and our team of experts will seek to understand the best skylight option for your budget and desired style. We offer free estimates and look forward to hearing from you regarding advice on skylights or any other roofing, siding, window upgrade or remodel you have in mind!

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