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Choosing a Skylight That Works for You

Posted on: January 23, 2015

VELUX skylight
We love VELUX Skylights for their innovative technology that even includes remote-controlled skylights. Chinook Roofing installs VELUX on many homes around the Tacoma area, so we know how popular their products are. But how do you get started with choosing a skylight? VELUX shares a few important factors about looking for more light in your home. And if you’re considering re-roofing, now is the right time to also think about installing a skylight so you can complete both projects at once.

Involve a Professional and Research First

Not every skylight will work with every home. Skylights need to be matched with elements like roof pitch. If you are not sure how to evaluate your roof pitch, use VELUX’s guide on choosing a skylight and involve a roofing professional for a consultation. You don’t want to spend time selecting your ideal skylight only to later find it is incompatible with your home’s structure.

Roof Windows vs. Skylights

Roof windows are a unique cross between a window and a skylight. The biggest difference between the two is placement—roof windows are installed low enough to allow for a landscape view, while skylights bring in light rather than views. VELUX’s CABRIO™ balcony roof windows provide both an outward-swinging window at top and a lower balcony at bottom for safety and function.

Skylights can offer a brighter alternative to bringing light in, with the extra safety placement virtually above the reach of young children, pets, and intruders. Skylights also provide a great avenue for overhead lighting, which can be especially desirable over areas like bathroom vanities and workspaces.

Don’t Forget Décor

Glazed glass and blinds are practical and attractive ways to dress skylights and roof windows. If you are worried about being able to sleep in on the weekend with your new skylight, blackout blinds solve the problem. Energy-efficient blackout blinds come in twenty-four colors and patterns and keep rooms dark when you need them to be. You can also choose from other blind types like traditional Venetian, which let you determine exactly how much brightness is best.

Glass glazing also has an effect on light quality and brightness inside: VELUX offers six different types for traditional skylights.

Ready to learn more about letting light in through your roof? Talk with one of Chinook Roofing’s experts to see which skylight system works with your home.


Chinook Roofing & Gutters is a full service roofing company with expert cross-trained installers for both commercial-industrial and residential roofing projects. We provide Tacoma roof repair and installation as well as Tacoma gutter installation with a service area that extends throughout the Puget Sound region, including our home base of Fife, as well as Gig Harbor, Puyallup, Milton and more. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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