Retractable Skylights

retractable_skylight_4In 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®’ 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.


These innovative ventilation units offer anyone from home owners to commercial architects a myriad of customization options: size, color, and control systems, all of which can be designed to suit the customer’s needs. Customers are able to add several features to their retractable skylights, including screens for insect control, rain sensors to automatically close the skylights if inclement weather is detected, or wireless remote control systems for the convenience of the owner. Up to four independent skylights can be controlled by one wireless or hardwired remote control unit.

As with each of our products, we are able to provide customers with one of the largest customization ranges in the industry. Beyond retractable skylights, which utilize insulated glass in most cases, Solar Innovations® offers customers eight standard skylight options as well as any custom structure. Six standard painted colors, two Anodized finishes, and several custom cladding options of Copper, Brushed Stainless Steel, and Simulated Lead Coated Copper are available. Decorative options, such as ridge cresting, finials, and moldings can be incorporated into skylights. Thermally enhanced insulated panels and aluminum offer an energy efficient alternative to the previously used non-insulated materials. Solar Innovations® offers glass, polycarbonate, and acrylic options in several tints to satisfy numerous aesthetic pallets.

Numerous glazing options are available with your retractable skylight. While laminated glass is used for safety purposes, numerous tints such as LowE can be used.  Polycarbonate, with a Lumira® aerogel infill,  is a lighter weight option that can be used as an alternative to glass. Lumira uses this infill to greatly increase daylighting, dispersing up to 97%, creating a soft uniform light spectrum to remove glares and harsh shadows.

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Multi-Panel Skylights

Multi-panel retractable skylights by Solar Innovations® can be  incorporated into roofs to allow fresh air into a room. The G2 multi-panel retractable skylight system consists of multiple bays; beginning at the base, the skylight retracts upwards and stacks each glass panel atop one another. Because of this function, these skylights are also often referred to as telescoping skylights. When open, the skylight provides a large unobstructed opening.

G2 multi-panel retractable skylights are generally installed to provide a home or business with additional daylight and ventilation. Retractable skylights can be installed in a traditional construction roof or an existing glass structure, such as pool houses, pool enclosures, greenhouses, sunrooms, or conservatories. Screens are often added to retractable skylights to prevent insects from entering the building.

All G2 multi-panel retractable skylights produced by Solar Innovations® are made of thermally enhanced aluminum, providing a low maintenance product.  By using an aluminum frame, yearly painting or sanding of the framing is avoided, and the bars do not expand and contract with temperature changes.

Rain Sensors

Rain sensors are a common retractable skylight accessory; when it begins to rain, a sensor detects the moisture and automatically closes the skylight. The multistage retractable skylight is motorized, utilizing a built-in motor and electronic breaks, which prevents the skylight from sliding backwards once the unit is closed.