Acrylic Skylights – Skylights that are fitted with a plastic sheathing rather than glass, most often bubble domed or pyramid shaped. The acrylic lenses typical come in 3 colors; white, clear, or bronze. Double layer domes are used in most applications because they provide better thermal insulation.
Curb Mounted – Refers to a style of skylight that mounts to a curb on top of the roof deck. Curbs are a box made of 2×4 or 2×6 wood studs that is screwed down to your roof deck and then made water-tight with 3 layers of protection; paper, underlayment and flashing. The skylight sits over top of the curb and is fastened with screws
Deck Mounted – Refers to another skylight style that mount flush with the roof deck to give it a low profile. Often they are used for aesthetics if the skylight can be seen from the ground. But they are more difficult and costly to replace and install.
Diffused Light – Indirect light that has been past through a filter to reduce glare. Solar Tubes or Sun Tunnels use a light diffuser to spread the light evenly around the room, as well as white acrylic domes and frosted glass.
Fixed Skylight – A type of skylight that refers to it’s sedentary nature, meaning it’s fixed to the roof and does not open or vent.