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Shed Skylights for Your DIY Project


Shed Windows and More stocks a full variety of shed skylights for your DIY project whether a shed, barn, chicken coop, or playhouse. We have dome skylights in a variety of sizes for your DIY building needs. We feature 14″ x14″, 14″ x 22″, 14″ x 30″, and 22″ x 22″ dome skylights.

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Let light into your DIY building projects year-round. Install skylight into your next DIY building project. Shed Windows and More skylights are well made and easy to install.

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What A Skylight Can Do For Your Shed

If you’ve been looking to create more light, and a more stable temperature in your shed, the solution may be to install one or more skylights. This relatively affordable addition comes in several types, all of which are easy to install and will benefit your shed greatly.

Shed SkylightsInstalling one or more skylights in your shed can significantly reduce your annual electricity bill. Natural light from a skylight is also far better than electric light for a range of projects from painting to growing plants. The skylights will let heat in as well, along with the added light, helping to further reduce your energy bill and keeping your shed a little warmer throughout the winter.

By installing one or more skylights in your shed, barn, or garage, you can instantly make it a more inviting place to spend your time.


Skylights An Easy DIY Project

Fixed skylights are those that are designed to stay closed. These are typically the least expensive types of skylights.They can be made of glass or Perspex and come in variable levels of tint to restrict just how much light comes in.

In most cases installation of this type of skylight requires little more than cutting the appropriate size hole in your roof and then following the instructions that came with the skylight you have chosen. While some brands require the construction of a frame, others come complete and ready to mount directly to the roof.

Natural light is one of the most beautiful things on this earth, so why not let that light into your outdoor building using our unbreakable polycarbonate skylights. These single domed skylights can hold up to almost anything. They are easy to install and will give you great lighting to any outdoor building.


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Sheds and skylights a marriage made in heaven?

The principal advantages of a shed skylight are:

shed skylightUse a shed skylight to let in the light

  • Wall space in a small building is in short supply. Using the roof to let in natural daylight is an efficient part of building design.
  • Saves money! Having natural light flood in to your shed means lower lighting bills.
  • Ventilation, opening the skylight allows a through draught to clear the air in the shed

So what are the options?

There are two systems for waterproofing around a shed skylight;

Pitched roofs

Pitched roofs includes those that have a slope from 15-90 degrees to the horizontal. Sloping roofs tend to have a roof covering of some sort of tiles either bitumen felt tiles, slate or even clay.

Waterproofing a pitched roof relies on water flowing down the roofslope. The roofing system, comprising of tiles and underlying membrane, act like overlapping scales to keep the water out. The roofing system then overlaps with the 'soaker' around the perimeter of the window.

shed skylightPitched roof skylight

Flat roofs

Flat roofs include all roofs with a slope below 15 degrees.

shed skylightSection through flat roof skylight

This type of roof doesn't have enough slope to positively encourage the water to drain away. Flat roof coverings are sheet membranes such as; bituminous felt, epdm rubber and fibreglass.

The roof opening is made waterproof by creating a 'kerb' around the structural opening. The waterproof membrane is then dressed up against the kerb to stop water leaking in. The height of the kerb is normally about xx high and there is a frame around the top. The see through window seals up against this frame.

Forms of shed skylight and options

Both flat roof and pitched roof skylights come in opening and non-opening varieties.

Opening pitched roof skylights tend to be more of the centre pivot type. Whereas flat roof skylights tend to be hinged along one edge.

Flat roof skylights come in a variety of shapes, including square, round and rectangular.

Pitched roof skylights tend to be of flat glass or acrylic. Whereas flat roof skylights come in more varieties including domes and roof lanterns. Skylights for flat and pitched roofs are available thermally broken and double/triple glazed. The choice of material is only subject to your budget.

Manual systems are the simplest, cheapest and most popular skylight opening method.

Electrical opening systems are available for high-specification sheds. An electrical opening system with remote controls would be very hand in a garden office.

A new type of shed roof skylights is the sunpipe/sun-tunnel

shed skylightSchematic section through sunpipe system

The sun pipe/sun tunnel can be useful if you have a shed loft and would still like to make use of natural light. The loft forms a barrier between the roof and the ground floor. Using a sunpipe enables you to 'squirt' daylight through the loft and into the space beneath.

A sun pipe comprises three parts;

  • A plastic roof dome (varieties for both flat and pitched roofs exist)
  • A flexible tube with a reflective inner surface of the same diameter as the roof dome.
  • A diffuser. This fits to the underside of the ceiling and looks very much like a regular light.

Sun pipes are useful for bringing daylight into otherwise dark and dingy spaces.

So now you have been through the options for choosing your skylight. How do you create an opening in the roof to support the skylight and roof deck, without weakening the roof?

How do you install a shed skylight without the roof leaking in water the first time it rains?

The basic rules for creating a roof opening are as follows.

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If the roof light is the same width or less than the rafter spacing then a simple trimmer is required above and below the space where the roof light will sit. The trimmers support the roof decking above and below the roof light. They also support the roof light and give something to fix the roof light to.

If the roof light is wider than a single rafter spacing. Then the rafters either side of the opening should be doubled up. And a trimmer of the same section size fixed between them. The trimmer in this case will support the intermediate rafter as well as the roof decking. Extra trimmers may be required within the trimmed opening to provide a fixing for the edge of the window.

Are you wondering how to fix the trimmers?

The trimmers are fixed by twin screws projecting twice the rafter thickness into the trimmer it is supporting.

With a trimmed structural opening you are now ready to fix your rooflight. At this stage you are ready to follow the window suppliers detailed installation instructions for the window that you have bought. This will be a variant of either the soaker system or the kerb system outlined earlier.

In summary

Every shed NEEDS a skylight to provide light and ventilation to the interior.

Shed skylights are available with weathering systems to suit flat or sloping roofs.

Form a structural opening in the roof using trimmers fixed to the main rafters. If necessary, provide extra rafters if the skylight is wider than one rafter spacing.

You will love your shed with all that extra light, don't forget to send me a picture when you are done!

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Getting light into your workshop shed

CalendarFebruary 22, 2016

If you work in your shed then having plenty of light is key. Windows can help but are often sheltered by fences or other buildings. Putting in a roof window can fill your shed with light.

Mark Curtis from Activent approached me with a new product that’s been specially designed for sheds.


Workshopshed: Hi Mark, thanks for getting in contact. How did you get the idea of a roof light specifically for sheds?

Mark Curtis: After watching a TV advert with Usain Bolt kicking a football through a shed skylight and landing on Richard Branson’s bench, we realised that roof windows for garden buildings were either very expensive Velux type or relied on copious amounts of silicon to effect a water tight seal, inevitably breaking down and failing over time. So we decided to develop the a window specifically designed to work with felt roofs, with the primary goals of it being completely watertight and within reach of everyone’s budget.

Workshopshed: So how did you achieve that?

Mark Curtis: The window is made from aluminium extrusion making it extremely strong and yet light weight, powder coated for protection against the worst of the elements ensuring it will look as good in the years to come as it did when new.

By using an oil based compression gasket and not relying on silicone’s or sealants, we have ensured that the seal attained will not breakdown and in all weathers it continues moving with the building through the coldest and wettest winter to the hottest of summers.


Workshopshed: That sounds complicated, how easy is it to install?

Mark Curtis: We set out to make the window as simple to fit as possible, ensuring that those with a little DIY knowledge and a basic tool box could successfully install it with the minimum of fuss.

Workshopshed: It certainly looks that way from looking at the instructions.

Mark Curtis: I’m sure you’ll manage.


Workshopshed: Thanks Mark, we’ll be putting it to the test, we’ve got a gloomy shed that needs some light and hope to get an Activent roof light fitted over the next few days as long as the weather holds out for us.

By Andy from Workshopshed

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The 3 Most Popular Shed Skylight Options – Reviewed


This guy wen't a little overboard with the skylights. You won't need this many

NOTHING IS WORSE THAN trying to work in a damp, dark shed. If this is what you are dealing with, it's no wonder you never spend any time working in your shed.

Most sheds are lucky to have a door and maybe a single window. When this is all you have to deal with, your shed spends most of its time in the dark.

One easy way to remedy this problem, create more light, better airflow, and keep the temperature more stable in your shed, is to install one (or more) skylights. This simple addition can be relatively inexpensive, easy to install and help you reap 5 big benefits in your shed

5 Benefits of Installing Skylight in Your Shed

There are so many reasons to add a skylight or two to your shed, it can be hard to know where to start. So let's start with the basics and move on from there.

1. Add Natural Light

Ray of light

Obviously installing one or more skylights in your shed is going to let in more light than a solid roof. This extra light will make it much easier to see what you are doing, without the need to turn on the lights.

More importantly, natural light is far better than electric light for a range of projects from painting to growing plants. Nothing beats natural light, especially for anyone who is an artist.

2. Reduce Electricity Consumption

Now that you have more than your fair share of natural light, go ahead and turn off the overhead lights and leave them off until you absolutely no choice but to turn them on. Installing one or more skylights in your shed can significantly reduce your annual electricity bill.

3. Heat up and Cool Down

While most of us know skylights let in plenty of light from the sun, how many of you know they also help to keep your shed warmer during the colder months. Even during the winter, the sun's rays contain a certain amount of heat.

The skylights will let this heat in, along with the added light, helping to further reduce your energy bill and keeping your shed a little warmer all winter long.

4. Prevent Mold and Mildew

If your shed has been left in the dark for a long time, chances are good it has a buildup of mold and mildew. This is often caused by a lack of airflow just as much as it is a lack of natural light. By opening the skylight and letting fresh air and light in, you can eliminate this problem once and for all.

5. Remove Stale Air

Beautiful nature view through roof skylight Shed skylight

Stale air may not be something you have given much thought to.

Your shed can be full of fumes from your last project or worse yet full of mold and mildew spores that are definitely bad for your health. Adding one or two skylights can help to quickly dissipate stale air, leaving behind a much fresher smelling environment to work in.

As you can see, there are many reasons why installing one or more skylights in your shed, barn, or garage can make it a far friendlier place to hang out and get things done, all year long.

3 Main Skylight Options

While there are a number of different styles of skylight such as dome, flat, tinted, glass, Perspex, and more, there are only three main types of skylight, each of which has its advantages and disadvantages. These are fixed, ventilating, and tubular. Let's take a closer look at each of these and what they have to offer.

1. Fixed Skylight

In essence, fixed skylights are those that are not designed to be opened. They are installed in your shed's roof as a way to let in more light. They can be made of glass or Perspex and come in clear or with variable levels of tint to restrict just how much light comes in.

Fixed skylights are among the most popular for use in houses as most people don't need the extra ventilation offered by skylights that can be opened in their homes. These are typically the least expensive types of skylights.

In most cases installation of this type of skylight requires little more than cutting the appropriate size hole in your roof and then following the instructions that came with the skylight you have chosen. While some brands require the construction of a frame, others come complete and ready to mount directly to the roof.

This video shows you how to prepare your roof and then how to install your skylight. Be sure to use the appropriate safety gear at all times when using power tools. Follow all instructions included with the skylight to ensure your installation is completed properly and that your skylight will not leak.

Installation video courtesy YouTube via Great Canadian Roofing & Siding

2. Ventilating Skylight

Obviously, these are skylights that can be opened to let damp air out and to let in the fresh air your shed needs to stay cool and dry all summer long.

You can also open them on those sunny winter days to bring in a little welcome heat. They come in both manual and automatic versions.

Powered skylights can be operated in several ways:

  • A wall mounted switch
  • A remote control unit
  • A timer set to open and close them at set times of the day
  • A thermostat set to ventilate your shed when the temperature reaches a preset point

3. Tubular Skylight

The tubular skylight is the latest design on the market and typically consists of a smaller circular skylight that is mounted on the exterior of the roof.

Attached to this is a tube that runs from the roof down through the attic or crawlspace and then through the ceiling.

You can, of course, use this type of skylight, even if your shed does not have a ceiling, to provide localized natural lighting such as you might want in an area where you have plants growing or where you plan to work.

This type of skylight is popular among artist for use over their work table or easel as it can provide a significant amount of natural lighting.

The light comes in via the skylight and is directed through a tube that is typically 10 to 14 inches in diameter to the room below. This particular design provides a concentrated "beam" of light that is focused on a particular area rather than being spread out over the entire room.

Because tubular skylights provide directed lighting, you may not find them a good fit for use in your shed.

Follow along as these professionals show you how to install a tubular skylight on your roof.

Installation video courtesy YouTube via Brennan Morrow.

4 Materials Used for Skylights

There are a number of different materials used to create skylights, each offers a varying level of performance, cost, energy efficiency, and light transmission.

Among the many things to consider when choosing the best material for your skylight are the need for visibility (will you be able to see through your skylight clearly) and the amount of light transmission needed for your particular application.

The most common materials used are glass, acrylic plastic, polycarbonate, copolyester plastic, and fiberglass.

1. Glass

Glass is the original material used to construct skylights and has a lot to offer.


2. Plexiglass (Acrylic Plastic)

First developed in 1929, acrylic plastic is one of the most common materials used in today's skylights.

(Plexiglass is a common brand name for acrylic. So for this purpose we have classified them the same)

Plexiglass skylight roof

3. Polycarbonate

First produced in 1953, this "space age" materials was first used in the military for a variety of purposes. It typically comes in corrugated sheets which makes it good for doing large areas

Shed with Polycarbonate Roof

4. Fiberglass

Fiberglass is hard to find as a material used for skylights and isn't commonly used. It generally is translucent and a very strong option for use in skylights

Final Thoughts

In the end, you need to carefully consider what you use your shed, barn, or garage for and how much light or ventilation it requires. Each of the different types of skylight has a lot to offer. Another important aspect you need to take into consideration is your local climate.

If you live in a hot humid region, you will most likely be better off with skylights that can be opened to provide your shed with adequate ventilation.

When you get right down to it, only you can make the right choice, but bear in mind that cost should be one of the last things factored into your decision. Your best bet is to read a number of reviews and see how the different types of skylights worked for others, this can help you make the right choice.

Let me know how you go by contacting me here

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