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How to Install a Skylight

Published September 22, 2020

Brian G.

By Brian G.

Learn how to install a skylight so you can brighten up your home. We'll also discuss how much it costs to install a skylight.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Skylight?

The price of installing a skylight can vary greatly, depending on the type of skylight and whether you complete the work yourself or hire a professional. The average price range is typically somewhere between $900 and $2,300, with the national average being approximately $1,500. A professional can provide an estimate for the entire job. If you can do the installation yourself, you’ll simply need to factor in the price of the skylight as well as any additional tools or materials needed for the installation.

Can I Install a Skylight Myself?

Installing a skylight in a roof is a job for a professional or a very advanced DIYer. The following steps show a typical pro installation, which can be informative for planning purposes, but instructions will vary. Homeowners shouldn't attempt this project without first consulting a licensed professional. Check local building codes — a permit or an inspection may be required, so factor this into your planning and preparation time if you are experienced enough to complete the project on your own.


If you're going to work on the roof, use a fall-protection system, with equipment such as a harness, lanyard, roof anchor and lifeline. Follow all instructions for use and safety.

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