Why Some Skylights Leak While Others Don't

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Why Some Skylights Leak While Others Don't

Who doesn’t love skylights? Done properly, skylights look great and are an excellent source of natural sunlight. However, make a mistake during installation or fail to maintain them, and your dealing with leaks.

Skylights Aren’t Leaky By Nature

To prevent leaks, it’s important to know their causes. From improper installation to debris buildup and damage, leaking skylights allow moisture to seep into your home causing damage.

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,  contractors addressing these problems before installation will ensure leak-free skylights for many years to come.

Skylight Installation

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, any 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

Skylights aren’t a “set it & forget it” thing. Regular inspections and maintenance is crucial to having problem free skylights.

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.

Ventilation

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 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!

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