As an environmentally-friendly or “green” solution, skylights are a popular addition to many American homes. There’s nothing like a room naturally illuminated by free, abundant sunlight, especially in the upcoming winter months when there is less of it. Whether you just want to brighten a room or reduce your carbon footprint, there’s a skylight for you!
Properly installed and maintained, skylights can provide decades of trouble-free enjoyment. However, not all skylight installers are created equal so inevitably there will be problems with some out there. Among the largest of these problems are leaks.
What Causes Skylights To Leak?
To dispel the notion that skylights are prone to leaks, let’s explore why they would leak in the first place, From the quality of the skylight itself, to the way the hole is cut into the roof, everything must be precise. There is no room for mistakes when installing a skylight.
Poor Installation Practices Or Mistakes
Poor installation practices are the most common cause of skylight leaks. Skylight installation is a complex process with a large variety of problems that can and do occur. It is the installers responsibility to know to do in every conceivable situation and ensure all preventative measures are applied.
Though modern skylights have some parts pre-installed (flashing for example) making things somewhat easier, installation is complex and must be precise, any mistakes can result in leaks.
The complexity of skylight installation warrants professional attention. It’s not something you want to “cheap out” on. Anything less and you risk years of damaging leaks and wasted money.
Regular Maintenance (Homeowner/Building Owner)
Skylights aren’t a “set it & forget it” thing. Though many require very little maintenance, the all require some level. Regular inspections and maintenance is crucial to having problem free skylights. The second most common cause of skylight problems is lack of maintenance, including it in your yearly roof inspections at minimum is advised.
You also want to keep your skylights free of debris between inspections, 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.
General Ventilation Problems
If you notice condensation on your skylight, you may 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 are unsure, contact your local roof contractor.
If you have leaky skylights all is not lost! Skylights problems can be repaired and you too can have trouble-free skylights! In the Metro Atlanta area, call Atlanta Roofing Specialists today at 770-419-2222 for a free estimate!