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Best bets for new skylights: bringing greater light, ventilation, energy efficiency and views to your home

Small fixed skylights start around $200 for the skylight and can range between $250 to $450 for installation. Small operable skylights start around $350, and installation costs depend upon the scope of the project.

• Special note: Through 2013 you can take advantage of a $200 tax credit for skylights as part of energy-efficient home improvements. Installation costs aren't covered, and skylights need to be installed by December 31. Save your receipts and labels, and check with the Energy Star website for more info.

Insulated skylight coverings, such as blinds and shades, may also be eligible for a federal energy tax credit of up to $500, but the IRS has not issued specific guidelines yet. Consult with your tax professional.

 

Photos: David Toerge; and courtesy Mastercraft Builders, Velux, Sunoptics, Done-Rite Roofing, Dura-Foam Solar Center, Jennifer & Paul Freudenberg

 

STORY RESOURCES

Abril Roofing Company
abrilroofing.com

Done-Rite Roofing
916-801-6550

Energy Star
Energystar.gov

Mastercraft Builders
mastercraftbuilders.vpweb.com

Royalite Manufacturing, Inc.
royalite-mfg.com

Skylight Blinds
skylightblinds.com

Sunoptics
sunoptics.com

Velux
veluxusa.com

Worrell Roofing & Ventilation
worrellroofing.com