Skylights are a great way to let natural light into your home or business. Even better, they can help save you money on heating and lighting costs by using the power of the Sun to provide all the energy. Unfortunately, sometimes skylights can break. Be it a leak, a loss of insulation, or even shattered glass, a broken skylight is something that needs to be handled correctly and quickly. Here is a practical guide to making home skylight repairs.
Identify Any Leaks
When it comes to a skylight repair, the first thing you need to do is to check for leaks. Often, it can be difficult to determine if a leak is the result of the skylight itself, or possibly another area of the roof, so it is important to make sure the skylight is fully closed to determine the source of the leak.
Once you have checked the interior for the source of the leak, head outside. Make sure that the roof is free from clutter, debris from leaves or broken shingles. This should help to improve the natural flow of water off the roof. If this does not solve the issue, you may need to consider replacing your skylight.
Check the Glass Quality
One thing you may not think about initially when it comes to skylight repair is the quality of the glass. After all, the glass was fine when it was installed, right? Unfortunately, insulated glass frames may lose their insulation and seal over the course of time
To check the seal of your skylight’s glass, look closely for any signs of condensation. There may also be a slight opaqueness to the glass. A window that is correctly sealed, however, should be clear. If the window’s seal appears to be compromised, it is likely time to replace the entire skylight.
Check the Skylight’s Flashing
The flashing is the metal installed around the skylight’s curb in order to match the surrounding roofing. The skylight’s flashing, however, also serves to provide a water-tight seal for the skylight. In many cases, the cause of a leaking skylight is due to failures in the flashing itself.
If there is a problem with your skylight’s flashing, it may be a simple fix. Most local home improvement stores sell flashing kits or roof flashing cement which can temporarily halt any further damage. It is important to note, however, that these inexpensive kits are temporary solutions – and only a full repair can solve the problem permanently.
Call a Roofing Professional
You should always consider hiring a trained professional to ensure that your home’s integrity is maintained and the job is done correctly.
If you believe that your skylight is in need of repair, it is essential that you contact a qualified repair company immediately. A small leak in a skylight can lead to much bigger headaches down the line, including replacing the entire roof. The roofing experts at Aastro Roofing have over 30 years of experience repairing, installing and maintaining roofs in South Florida. You can feel secure contacting us today at (561) 409-3280 for a free estimate.