Skylights have been a popular choice for homeowners for decades. Done properly, skylights look great and are an excellent source of natural sunlight, which can contribute to lower energy costs. However, if there is the smallest mistake in measurements or installation and you could dealing with leaks. To avoid leaks, skylight installation is a home improvement project best left to the professionals.
Being familiar with all aspects of your roof, including skylights, a roof contractor is a great choice to install your skylights right the first time!
Skylights are NOT Leaky By Nature
Skylight’s aren’t supposed to leak, they’re made to be installed on your roof and thus are built to withstand the elements. Most problems with skylights almost always originate with a mistake in installation or due to years of neglect.
Roof Contractors prevent skylight leaks by identifying and correcting problem areas during installation and with regular inspections throughout the year. Armed with knowledge and experience, they are addressing these problems before installation, which will ensure leak-free skylights for many years to come.
The Main Cause Of Skylight Leaks
Poor installation is the number one cause of skylight leaks. Skylight installation is a complex process with a large variety of problems that can occur. Though modern skylights have some parts pre-installed (flashing for example) making things somewhat easier, installation must be precise, even the smallest mistakes can cause leaks.
The complexity of skylight installation warrants professional attention. Anything less and you risk years of damaging leaks and wasted money.
Skylight Maintenance After Installation
Skylights aren’t a “set it & forget it” thing. Like the rest of your roof, regular inspections and maintenance is crucial to having problem-free skylights. Once your skylights are in, you’ll need to keep an eye on them and have them inspected with the rest of your roof.
You want to keep your skylights free of debris, including ice, snow, leaves, sticks and other things that can hamper the drainage around the skylight.
Clear any debris that may build up on the roof as they cause leaks not only through the skylight but through siding, loose shingles, and other areas of the roof. Keep your gutters clean for maximum effectiveness.
If you notice condensation on your skylight, it may not be the skylight leaking, you may simply have an improperly vented room in the house. Condensation from bathrooms or sun rooms can be controlled by using dehumidifiers in these rooms or by having proper ventilation installed. Ensure all rooms, especially those prone to heavy condensation activities such as bathrooms and kitchens are properly ventilated.
If you suspect your may have a leaking skylight or if you’re ready for new skylights to brighten your home, in the Metro Atlanta area call Atlanta Roofing Specialists today at 770-419-2222. You can have leak-free skylights!