Skylights transform a room, bringing in the outdoors from above, like a window on the sky. Benefits include natural light that reduces the need for artificial lighting and room ventilation with skylights that open.
This skylight buying guide covers top brands, their products and prices, installation costs and skylight options.
On average, you can expect to pay between $1,375 and $2,500 to install a new fixed or vented skylight measuring up to 30 by 48 inches in size/window dimensions.
All else being equal, it will cost a lot less to install a new skylight during the construction of a new home.
Re-roofing is the next best time to install a new skylight on your property, while cutting-in a hole to install a skylight in the existing roof will be significantly more expensive.
Your home’s location and local cost of living will have a material impact on the total cost installed. The relative ease of roof access will also impact costs.
The table below provides a further breakdown of costs for materials and installation:
Total installed cost:
Skylight or tube
Up to 22″
Plastic or glass
Fixed or vented
Skylight or tube
Up to 30×48
Manual or remote open
Electric or solar
Up to 34×70
Electric or solar
The most popular residential roofing material in America vs. the most popular type of metal roofing. A bit like comparing apples and oranges. There are several common criteria where Architectural Asphalt shingles and Standing Seam are worth comparing and contrasting side by side. Let’s explore!
Cost of Asphalt Shingles vs. Standing Seam Metal Roofs
All roofs have a hefty price tag. There’s the cost of the materials and supplies itself, plus labor, building permits and warranty provided by professional contractor. Roofers always price materials and labor by the square.
Note: 100 square feet equals to 1 (roofing) square.
On average, professional roofers charge between $3.50 and $7.50 per square foot or $350 and $750 per square for common roof applications such as 3-tab (low-end), architectural or laminate shingles (mid-range), and premium designer shingles on the high-end. — That’s quite a range, but pricing varies greatly by geographic location, company size and experience of the roofer/crew, familiarity with the product, and competition among roofers in your area.
Average Cost To Install a new RoofTypical Range: $4,593 - $7,479
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Architectural and Premium Shingles: The cost to install architectural shingles (professional labor, materials and supplies, and warranty included) comes in around $4.00 to $7.50 per square foot or $400 to $750 per square (100 square feet) installed, depending on the project specifics and where in the country the house is located.
Standing Seam – Kynar-500 coated Aluminum or Steel Panels: both field-locked and snap-locked panels, the overall installation cost can range between $10.00 and $16.00 per square foot or $1,000 to $1,600 per square.
Cost of Materials Comparison:
The average cost for typical architectural shingles from manufacturers such CertainTeed, GAF, Owens Corning, IKO, Atlas, and Tamko, range between $1.00 and $2.50 per square foot or $100 to $250 per square.
Most Kynar 500 (premium protective paint finish) coated standing seam panels start at around $3.50 per square foot or $350 per square, but generally range in price from $3.50 to $6.50 per square foot or $350 to $650 per square (or 100 sq. ft.) of materials and trim, depending on the order size, color, metal thickness, etc. The smaller the order size the higher the price per square foot will be due to the set up costs necessary for the order fulfillment at a sheet metal shop.
For materials alone, standing seam is roughly two to three times higher in cost than architectural shingles.
Installation costs are almost double (or more) for standing seam compared to architectural shingles. The cost of labor for standing seam may also depend on how the metal panels are fastened:
Snap-locked panels require less effort and tools than the alternative method of field-locked panels. A metal roofing pro will sometimes prefer to go with a field-lock standing seaming installation method (a more tedious approach) because it is inherently more reliable.
On cost alone, architectural shingles are an obvious winner. Yet, there is far more to a roof than the price you pay to install it.