A skylight is a wonderful product that can lighten up a dark room, reduce heating and electrical costs, and allow you to enjoy the beauty of the night sky from the comfort of the indoors. But as with any other feature in your home, skylights do sometimes have issues. Here are some of the most common ones and what to look out for.
Leaks Around the Flashing
The large majority of skylight leaks occur around flashing. This is a problem because many of the leaks are slow, and you may not even know they’re there until the frame starts to rot and the drywall around it begins to bend and buckle. Because of this, it is important to have qualified roofing contractors like Muth & Company Roofing do a yearly roof inspection, so we can closely examine your roof and catch any problems early on.
Cracked or Broken Glass (Glazing)
Skylights that are of poor quality or that shift around due to improper installation often see the glazing crack or even break. With the increased exposure to the sun and other elements that skylight glass is subjected to, it is important for it to be stronger than regular window glass – which is why regular windows should never be used as skylights. This is accomplished by either tempering or laminating the glass.
Broken Seals on Double- and Triple-Glazed Skylights
Vented skylights may collect condensation every once in a while, but if you notice condensation inside a sealed unit, the seal has been compromised. Caulking or roofing cement may temporarily keep water out, but ultimately you should have an experienced roofer from Muth & Company repair or replace the skylight before more damage is done.
How Muth & Company Can Help
As roofing professionals, we can install both traditional skylights and sun tubes for smaller rooms and hallways. Correct installation procedures are essential to receive the full benefits a skylight can give you, such as providing natural light while insulating your home and lowering energy bills. We follow those procedures to the letter.
If you are ready to brighten your home with the beauty of natural light, contact us today at (614) 682-3060 for a FREE skylight estimate