We often hear from customers that are attempting to determine the cost value between installing a Deck Mounted vs Curb Mounted, or Manual Venting vs. Electric Vented, and now Vented vs. Solar Venting. In this post I will run through the different costs of each Velux Skylight type. I will also crunch some numbers to help you see the relative cost for installing Velux Solar Skylights. If you want any further help with Velux Skylight Pricing, shop around our site or give us a call at 1-800-284-5194!
In the following table we list out various types of Velux Skylights and their prices, shipped to you, from our Skylights For Less store. By far the most affordable skylight is the Curb Mounted Skylight starting at $188. Utilizing this skylight will save you money over a deck mounted if you are installing yourself. If your contractor has to build you a curb then the material costs will be washed out by additional labor to do so. Generally cost is not the major factor between choosing curb or deck mount. Curb mounted would be necessary for flat or very low pitched roofs. On a shingled, pitched roof, most buyers select the deck mount for the integrated low profile look.
|Velux Skylight Type||Velux Skylight Model||Base Price|
|Fixed Deck Mount||FS – C06||$239.00|
|Fixed Curb Mount||FCM – 2246||$188.00|
|Pan Flashed Deck Mounted||QPF – 2246||$293.00|
|Manual Vent Deck Mount||VS – C06||$467.00|
|Manual Vent Curb Mount||VCM – 2246||$498.00|
|Electric Vent Deck Mount||VSE – C06||$1063.00|
|Electric Vent Curb Mount||VSE – 2246||$1151.00|
|Solar Venting Deck Mount||VSS – C06||$1213.00|
|Solar Venting Curb Mount||VCS – 2246||$1273.00|
|Solar Venting w/ Tax Credit||VSS – C06||$849.10|
|Solar Venting w/ Tax Credit||VCS – 2246||$891.10|
When considering a Velux Venting Skylight there is a lot to consider and the choice can be much harder to make than for the fixed skylights. Velux Vented Skylights will save you money in general due to their ability to vent out hot air from your home in warmer months, reducing the amount of air conditioning you will require. Between the different types the Velux Electric skylight is no longer a good choice. This skylight costs significantly more than all the others and we no longer recommend it as long as the Solar Tax Credit is still available. It is a no-brainer between the Solar Models and the electric models because after the tax credit the electric models cost 40% more. Velux Solar Skylights are easy to install and the installation costs are also eligible for the tax credit. You can easily install two new Solar skylights for the price of one electric unit by taking advantage of the Solar Tax Credit.
Now let’s discuss the costs considerations between the Velux Manual Venting and the Velux Solar Venting skylights. The prices for the deck mounted models shown above are $467 for VS-C06 and $849.10 (After Tax Credit) for the VSS – C06. How about installation? How much does the installation of a Skylight cost? At Fixr.com they suggest $400 and up depending on the situation. I will also say that they suggest that there are different costs to install a fixed vs venting skylight, but that should not be the case! You are doing the opening and closing, they are installing and flashing the same for both models! The key here is that there is a relative cost between new construction and existing, large amounts of drywall work or not, replacing existing or new install, changing roofing structure, or not, etc, etc… for our purposes here we will pick a fairly average install that requires some roofing rework and some drywall work, about $934. How did I get that number? A wise man once told me 1/3 material 2/3 labor for a quality construction job! (thanks Dad!) For the solar skylight this cost is eligible for the tax credit since it is for Solar improvements. This knocks the Solar cost down to a total of $849.10 + $560 = $1502.90, while the Manual Vented comes out to $1401! The convenience of a programmable, remote operated skylight for less than $100 more out of your pocket will keep you happy for years to come. Many installations may cost much more than this if they are very intricate, at which point the cost of the Velux Solar Venting Skylight will completely even out or be cheaper than a manual venting skylight.
Velux Skylight Pricing is directly related to the size and complexity of the skylight. Luckily with tax incentives the best available solar skylight is cheaper for most homeowners.