The Case of the Skylight Replacement


Hi Glass Detective,

I am replacing an old bubble type skylight with a curb mount Velux. I have a few tall fir trees around my house and in storms have huge pine cone and some branches come bouncing on the roof.

Is it best to get a tempered or laminated glass skylight for best breakage protection?

Thank you

Steve H.



Thank you for contacting the Glass Detective with your question regarding a Velux skylight being used in your home. Based on the information you have provided, my response is as follows: Velux is a very durable and easily installed product. Typically, they’re supplied with fully tempered glass with a low-E coating. For glass breakage resistance, the tempered glass is quite adequate under normal usage. The concerns you have would not appear to be an issue. I believe Home Depot handles (stocks and sells) Velux skylight assemblies and you may want to stop in at a location near you and talk over your application with a representative. I wish you good luck with your project.

-Glass Detective

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Lyle Hill

By Lyle Hill

Lyle Hill has been in the glass and metal industry for more than 40 years. In this time he has managed glass retail, contract glazing, mirror, architectural window, window film, and automotive glass businesses throughout America. He obtained an MBA from IIT with a focus on Technology and Engineering Management.

Hill is also a columnist for glass industry trade magazines and often called the “face” of the glass industry. He has also authored books including “The Broken Tomato and Other Business Parables,” which is available through Amazon.

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