(Closed) Skylights: Yay or Nay?

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: Skylights are...
    ... great with no downsides! : (22 votes)
    52 %
    ... good with a few cautions (please post below). : (9 votes)
    21 %
    ... so not worth it because (please post below). : (11 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
    5220 posts
    Bee Keeper

    My parents added skylights when they built their forever home in 2001. They have never had an leak problems or any trouble with them. I think they’re really nice, and I wouldn’t be opposed to having them. It  ” fits” the style of their house, though. It’s very open with lots of natural light anyways and vaulted ceilings. 

    Post # 4
    4948 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I like the look of them, but have never met anyone who hasn’t had trouble with leaks. That would be my only point of contention.

    Post # 5
    14661 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We have skylights in our upstair bathrooms and I looove the extra light.  Haven’t had any problems.

    Post # 6
    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    There were skylights in the living room of the house I rented before I moved in with my husband. It was…interesting. They got SO LOUD in the rain, but that could also possibly be because it was a rental house and the owner didn’t care about super high quality, I dunno. Scared the crap out of my poor dog, she refused to enter the living room during a storm. They’re pretty and I loved the light, but I wouldn’t choose to put them in any future house.

    Post # 7
    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @misspeanut:  My grandma used to have skylights in some of the guest rooms in her old house, and those skylights were super loud in the rain too!

    I wouldn’t want them because they are almost impossible to clean (unless you really want to get up on a ladder that frequently) and they always have dust and just gunk from the elements on the outside. If I had a cleaning lady sure, but otherwise the natural light isn’t worth the maintenance for me.

    Post # 8
    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I lived in a house with a skylight for 11 years without any issues with it.  I now have a slylight in my 60 year old house.  I have no idea if its been replaced, but I have never had issues with them.

    Post # 9
    80 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2014


    We have eight skylights in our house and only a problem with one! The extra light is great and laying in bed looking at the stars at night is also great! Go for it!

    Post # 10
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    My best friends just spent $3000 fixing 2 leaking skylights in their kitchen. So for me, not worth it.

    I wouldn’t want them in a bedroom because it’s really hard to block out the light while sleeping.

    Post # 11
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think it depends. We’ve had skylights in my childhood home with basically no leaks or problems. On the other hand, we’ve toured houses recently that have leaking skylights. I would consider getting electrical blinds/covers for them because there are going to be times where you may not want it super bright (e.g. bedroom skylights).

    I love the mid-century modern and modern homes with a ton of light coming in from both windows and skylights, so I would still get them despite the extra upkeep!

    Post # 12
    5660 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We have sky lights and I love it. And I don’t think the rain is loud, I love the pitter patter. We’ve only been in our house for a year but there were no leaks or replacements reported on the paperwork and we haven’t had any problem. All in all it’s just a window at a slant! My parents built their house in 1986 and it has sky lights, other windows have leaked but not those that i know of.

    Post # 13
    1006 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My grandparents house had/has them and they lived there for 20+ years with no issues.  I think they had to recaulk them now and again.  That house is also in Wisconsin so there was always a ton of snow and it didn’t seem to be a problem (although for a few days after a snowfall they would be covered in snow of course).  I love light and I would put them in in a heartbeat.  

    Post # 14
    1760 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Just like all other windows they will need to be replaced eventually. I personally wouldn’t like them in a main room. Bathrooms sure. I used to sell blinds and alot of people came in to buy a blind to cover up the light when they rearranged the room and now got blinded by it, or just got sick of them. And it’s expensive. 

    Post # 15
    730 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I love the extra light, but they’re hard to clean (not that you have to clean them often, but still… it’s not like a regular window). Just don’t put them in a bedroom (eventually you’ll want to take a nap during the day, and there’s no stopping the light)!

    Post # 16
    2550 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I had skylights in my home growing up & we never had any issues with them however our home was a new construction. I’m now living 3,000 miles away on the foggy wet northern CA coast in a 40’s/50’s built home with multiple skylights & every single one of the damn things leak… Even worse, b/c of our super neverending humidity the leaks cause black mold to grow at a crazy pace & I’m constantly having to clean them.

    So old house with skylights= no way


    new house with skylights= awesomesauce!

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