Skylight Repair and Replacement Cost Breakdown

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Skylights add warmth, sunlight, and ventilation, but like other roofing features, they occasionally need to be repaired in order to continue functioning properly. Skylight repair costs vary depending on the size, type, and severity of the issue, but we’ll outline common causes and their related costs.


Skylight repair prices range from $210 for an economy grade fixed prismatic window to over $1,500 for a deluxe-grade ventilating window, but prices will vary depending on your zip code.

Skylight repair costs are also influenced by the type of roofing material on your home, the condition of the roof opening, and how much contractors charge for labor.

Repair costs

Skylight exterior repairs run about $100 - $600 when performed by a professional. If a skylight leak has caused interior moisture damage, budget a few additional hundred dollars, depending on how extensive the damage is.

  • Professional resealing: $300 - $600
  • Professional re-flashing: $300 - $500
  • Operational repair: $75 - $300

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Full replacement costs

If your skylight was not installed properly, has been severely damaged by a storm, or shows pervasive leaking, it's best to hire a professional for a full replacement. Let's examine some basic skylight replacement costs for common skylight sizes and varieties.

Fixed prism skylight pricing for a full replacement 24 in. x 24 in. skylight

Item Unit Cost
Skylight $126
Roof flashing curb for a shingled roof at 15-degree slope $84
Equipment and material cost $210
Labor cost (remove and replace) $45 per hour
Labor cost (roof framing) $45 per hour
Total cost $480 per total replacement

 

Fixed skylight pricing for a full replacement 22.5 in. x 46.5 in. skylight

Item  Unit Cost
Skylight $332
Roof flashing curb for a shingled roof at 15-degree slope $164
Equipment and material cost $496
Labor cost (remove and replace) $45 per hour
Labor cost (roof framing) $45 per hour
Total cost $901 per total replacement

 

Ventilating skylight pricing for a full replacement 22.5 in. x 46.5 in. skylight

Item Unit Cost
Skylight $535
Roof flashing curb for a shingled roof at 15-degree slope $164
Equipment and material $1,171
Labor cost (remove and replace) $45 per hour
Labor cost (roof framing) $45 per hour
Total Cost $1, 576 per total replacement
Skylight repair and replacement costs will also be determined by permits and taxes determined by your neighborhood.
 

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Common skylight repair issues

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Skylights provide a number of benefits to indoor living spaces, but they’re vulnerable to leaks and other problems.

Skylight repair and replacement problems are usually the results of one of or a combination of the following:

  • Improper installation: Skylights must be installed per manufacturer instructions to ensure the least amount of possible problems. Faulty applications of flashing or sealants could result in leaks and other issues.

  • Inferior materials: Qualified contractors recommend more than just typical asphalt paper over the roof deck during a skylight installation. A proper skylight installation should use a bitumen ice-and-water shield as well as proper flashing to limit leaks and cracks.

  • Operating failure: If your skylight opens manually or automatically, the moving parts can jam or fail due to overuse.

  • Weather damage: Storms may bring hail, severe winds, and heavy debris onto the skylight. Heavy enough debris and hail can break the skylight window.


Proper workmanship is crucial to a lasting repair or replacement

Proper workmanship is the greatest factor in a lasting skylight replacement or repair. That's why performing a DIY repair on a skylight is highly inadvisable, because if it's not done properly, your home and roof are susceptible to major problems.

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