Skylight Repair Costs

The cost range of skylight repair is very wide, from replacing a faulty crank-handle to replacing an existing skylight completely with a new and perhaps upgraded skylight.

You will find that the cost to replace an average skylight depends upon the type, size, material, finish-quality, and accessories. The replacement cost further depends on the condition of the roof opening and structure, the type of roof and roofing, and the labor rate.

In the following tables the Labor Cost figures are what the able DIY person should expect to save by performing the complete installation.

Replace fixed prismatic skylight: 24"x24" standard grade, modify slightly existing roof opening.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Skylight: triple glazed acrylic prismatic lenses; 3.2 sq.ft. light area; powder-coated aluminum frame.$126each1$126
Roof flashing curb: for low profile shingles, roof inclination greater than 15º.$84each1$84
Equipment and Material Cost$210each1$210
+ Labor Cost (remove and replace)$45per hour4$180
+ Labor Cost (roof framing)$45per hour2$90
Total Cost$480each1$480


Replace fixed skylight: 22.5" x 46.5" deluxe grade, modify slightly existing roof opening.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Skylight: fixed glass; low-E laminated glass; 7.26 sq.ft. light area; aluminum clad wood frame.$332each1$332
Roof flashing curb: for low profile shingles, roof inclination greater than 15º.$164each1$164
Equipment and Material Cost$496each1$496
+ Labor Cost (remove and replace)$45per hour6$270
+ Labor Cost (roof framing)$45per hour3$135
Total Cost$901each1$901


Replace ventilating skylight: 22.5" x 46.5" deluxe grade, modify slightly existing roof opening.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Skylight: crank opening; low-E laminated glass; 7.26 sq.ft. light area; aluminum clad wood frame.$535each1$535
Roof flashing curb: for low profile shingles, roof inclination greater than 15º.$164each1$164
Solar powered shading: to close light entry with white colored shade, remote control.$357each1$357
Accessories: crank and extension, knuckle, rod.$115each1$115
Equipment and Material Cost$1,171each1$1,171
+ Labor Cost (remove and replace)$45per hour6$270
+ Labor Cost (roof framing)$45per hour3$135
Total Cost$1,576each1$1,576

Other considerations and costs

  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • Assume one square foot of skylight for every 20 sq.ft. of floor space

DIY considerations

  • The work may not be suitable for DIY.
  • The skylight is mounted within the roof structure making necessary a complete tool set a high degree of skill to use them correctly.
  • The work may be atop ladders, scaffold, and the roof that will increase safety risk.

References

  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.

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