Skylight Shaft Construction

Your mileage may vary!

Your skylight shaft totally depends on the skylight size and position, the style of flare chosen and on the structure of your home. Ceiling type is a major factor and includes flat ceilings and cathedral or vaulted ceilings. 

We’ve gathered some examples of typical shafts to help you visualize what you might expect.

Flat Ceilings

Skylight Shaft | A pair of skylights

Skylight Shaft | A pair of skylights Two skylights with an equivalent space between them. Sides straight – Ends Flared. This is the “standard” skylight shaft we install. In this particular situation, the structure prevented skylights side by side. However, it works perfectly here. The extra wide flare we ... Read more

Skylight Shaft | A Typical Single

Skylight Shaft | A Typical Single I want to light up my kitchen. The owner of this residence in the Westridge neighborhood of Highlands Ranch, a suburb in the southwest Denver metro area, contacted us through Home Advisor expressing his desire to light up his kitchen. During ... Read more

Skylight Shaft | Four by One

Skylight Shaft | Four by One Four skylights side by side. Rafters Covered – Joists Exposed: There is a choice to wrap the trusses individually or drywall the entire truss. These truss rafters were wrapped for drywall but the ceiling joists were faced with wood to enhance the look ... Read more

Skylight Shaft | Four by One Wrapped

Skylight Shaft | Four by One Wrapped Four skylights side by side. Trusses Wrapped: There is a choice to wrap the trusses individually or drywall the entire truss. These rafters were wrapped completely, from roof to ceiling. Skylights side by side allow for unique light designs in the room, very pretty. Read more

Skylight Shaft | Four Tandems

Skylight Shaft | Four Tandems Eight skylights set as  a pair of tandems on each side of the ridge. Trusses Partially Covered: There is a choice to wrap the trusses individually or drywall the entire truss. These rafters were wrapped completely, from roof to ceiling. Skylights side by ... Read more

Skylight Shaft | Single four way flare

Skylight Shaft | Single four way flare A single skylight with a shaft flared on all sides. Rafters Covered. A four way flared shaft, while more complicated to construct, is very effective in spreading the light throughout the room. Perfect for placing above wide windows, it allows one skylight ... Read more

Skylight Shaft | Tandem skylights

Skylight Shaft | Tandem skylights Two skylights side by side. Truss Rafters Wrapped There is a choice to wrap the trusses individually or drywall the entire truss. These rafters were wrapped completely, from roof to ceiling. This in effect creates one large shaft, spreading the light more ... Read more

Skylight Shaft | Three by One Wrapped

Skylight Shaft | Three by One Wrapped There is a choice to wrap the trusses individually or drywall the entire truss. These rafters were wrapped completely, from roof to ceiling. The skylights and shafts are sized and positioned to balance the light coming from the large windows.  Read more

Cathedral/Vaulted Ceilings

Mountain Home Gets Improved Daylighting

Mountain Home Gets Improved Daylighting Post and beam structure has an advantage. Post and beam construction is a traditional method of building with heavy timbers rather than pre-cut dimensional lumber and this building method has been used for thousands of years. This residence, located between Lyons ... Read more

Skyight Shaft | Ridgelights

Skyight Shaft | Ridgelights Two pairs of skylights. Cathedral ceiling: Two pairs of skylights in a cathedral/vaulted ceiling on either side of the ridge, creates a ridgelight. Besides a beautiful sky view, a ridgelight, with light coming from two directions, creates an excellent daylighting situation in ... Read more

Skylight Shaft | Four by Two

Skylight Shaft | Four by Two Two rows of four skylights side by side. Cathedral ceiling: A typical skylight shaft in a cathedral ceiling has a very shallow depth and is flared at the bottom to create a vertical wall. The ceiling joists are wrapped with drywall. This option creates one ... Read more

Skylight Shaft | Instant Light Shaft

Skylight Shaft | Instant Light ShaftAn instant skylight shaft kit, designed for cathedral/vaulted ceilings, eliminates drywall and texturing. It creates a 90 degree shaft (no flare) and has a picture frame moulding at the ceiling level. Faster, cleaner and more efficient to install, it can ... Read more

Skylight Shaft | Vaulted and Venting

Skylight Shaft | Vaulted and Venting Eight skylights with solar blinds. Vaulted ceiling: A very steep roof pitch and vaulted/cathedral ceilings allowed skylights to be placed at two levels. One level was high on the ceiling and used solar powered skylights and blinds for easy remote control operation, ... Read more

Stain Grade Skylight | Golden

Stain Grade Skylight | Golden I don’t have any issues, I want to upgrade to something newer. This customer, with a residence at the foot of South Table Mountain in Golden, CO, first contacted us in July, 2017. She stated that she didn’t have any problems with ... Read more