Picking the Right Skylight for Your Bathroom

If your bathroom is feeling a little dark and dreary, skylights are a great way to brighten up the room and save on electricity. There is an extensive range of skylights on the market, so we’ve put together this quick guide to get you up to speed and decide which type will work best for you.

Skylights: The Basics 

Skylights are the ideal way to introduce natural light to areas of your home that would otherwise be gloomy and dim. The major choice you’ll need to make is whether to install traditional skylights or tubular skylights. Traditional skylights feature a dome on the roof and a diffuser in the ceiling that spreads the light throughout a room.

Tubular skylights use a reflective tube to capture sunlight from outdoors and funnel it into your home. 

Velux skylight installed in a bathroomVelux sun tunnel in detail

Roof windows are another skylight option that is popular in bathrooms and available in fixed and manually operated or electronically adjustable models. 

Accessorising Your Skylights 

You may also want to accessorise your skylights to increase their functionality. Blinds are available for skylights, giving you more control over how much light enters your bathroom at any given time. This includes both manually operated blinds and automatic blinds for added convenience. 

Skylights that can be opened serve a double function, letting in light and helping you ventilate your home in warmer months. Opening high and low windows can be the key to achieving optimal airflow through a room or building, and windows don’t get any higher than adjustable skylights.

Velux openable window

Glazing Options 

Skylights are available with a range of glazing options for you to consider. Depending on your home’s overall energy efficiency, you may want to pay a little more for double glazed or even triple glazed glass so you can keep in as much warmth as possible during the winter. If you’re unsure whether it’s worth investing in double glazed glass for your home, it’s always helpful to talk to a professional

Think About Location 

When you are thinking about skylights, think about where it will be placed. In a smaller room like your bathroom, you need to make sure that the skylight will fit the space. Aspect is important too – a west-facing skylight will catch more afternoon rays whereas an east-facing skylight will maximise morning sunshine. 

Think about when you typically have your showers to help you decide what works best – or, if possible, why not install both so you can enjoy a sunny bathroom all day? Another option is a north-facing skylight, which will capture a fair amount of light throughout the day, just be sure to avoid south-facing skylights, which miss out on most of the light altogether.

Velux skylights for the roof

Lighting Your Bathroom With Cass Brothers 

We’ve helped countless homeowners make their bathroom decisions efficiently and to an incredible standard. If you want to install a skylight in your bathroom, visit our Petersham or Waverly showrooms or call our experts on (02) 9119 1792.