Operable Skylights

Operable Skylights

Truly innovative solutions.

Operable Skylights provide the benefits of increased natural light and ventilation. With a variety of operation possibilities, including Venting, Retractable, and 90° Operable, the design possibilities are endless; each skylight is designed and built completely custom to fit your project. Our thermally enhanced systems and high performance glazing options mean that our skylights are built to last, in virtually any climate or application.

Operable Venting Skylight

Venting Skylights

Venting skylights are used to bring fresh air and circulation into a room and operate with the use of a continuous hinge, similar to a ridge vent’s function. A venting skylight has a higher profile than that of a ridge vent and offers better air and water performance along with a higher thermal value. Like a ridge vent, venting skylights can be utilized in any glass structure, such as greenhouses and sunrooms. Whereas ridge vents are typically used in-system, an operable system can also be attached to an existing traditional construction roof as a standalone unit. If providing fresh air or extra daylight to a room is your objective, an operable skylight, whether manual or motorized, is a very good solution.

90 Degree Operable Skylight

90° Operable Skylights

A 90° operable skylight lifts the glazed unit or “lid” 90 degrees from the plane of the curb. This type of skylight has different applications and specific functions, one being ventilation. A typical ridge vent or standard operable skylight only opens a few degrees, allowing small amounts of ventilation. The 90 degree unit fully opens, allowing optimum amounts of ventilation into a space. Daylight is a desired effect of all skylights, and the 90 degree series allows ample levels of daylight.


Retractable Skylight

Retractable Skylights

In development since 2002, Solar Innovations® has perfected a convenient, alternative method of ventilation: retractable skylights. Ranging in size from 3′ x 3′ to 9′ x 9′, Solar Innovations®’s retractable skylights can be enlarged and altered, depending on pitch, size, and design requirements to meet almost any structural or aesthetic need. In the past, glazing and fenestration companies have typically provided ridge or eave vents to facilitate circulation within a structure, which limited air flow and obstructed views.

The first retractable skylights were constructed from light-weight polycarbonate, as the frames were unable to support the weight of glass. Retractable skylights were also limited to pool enclosures because of excess air and condensation control issues. Solar Innovations® has created a superior system which is thermally enhanced, limiting environmental temperature transfers, and is now able to utilize high performance insulated glass to control air and moisture effectively. Through our skylight evolution, Solar Innovations® is now able to provide fully operable skylights in glass options to meet the specifications of the customer. Retractable skylights provide clear, unobstructed views and increased airflow for any glass or conservatory structure.