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A skylight is an excellent source of both warmth and light for your home. They can enhance the overall appearance of your house as well as giving you a little extra air when required. Many people shy away from skylights because they have had or heard that they cause a lot of problems by leaking.

Leaky SkylightThere are a number of different factors that can lead to a leaky skylight but the most common factor is an improperly installed skylight. This is usually caused by the skylight not being installed by a professional contractor. Having a skylight installed by a professional can cost a lot of money, and people tend to revert to a handy man or worse still, by doing it themselves. Without proper knowledge of how to install the skylight into the roof surrounding it, can lead to lots of headaches down the road. Also not fixing an existing leaky skylight properly can make things even worse.

Who do I get to do the job?

Not all roofing contractors know how or want to install a skylight. As a result they tend to charge quite a high cost to do it because they would rather work on what they know best, installing the roofing material. That doesn’t mean you can’t find a reputable contractor who knows how to do the job properly but will complete the job at a reasonable price. However, because installing a skylight is a skilled job, you may need to pay a little more to have one installed properly by an expert in comparison to paying a handy man to do it. Any company selling skylights should have people who know how to install them, but if you buy one from a lumber yard you will have to ask them who might be able to do the job. One thing you should always ask is how many they have installed before.

Leaky SkylightWhy is my skylight leaking?

The slightest hole, crack or blemish on the skylight, or the roofing surrounding the skylight can lead to a leaky skylight so it is important that whoever is installing your skylight has a good knowledge of all these factors. I have found that the way the flashings are installed is the biggest factor. Of course age, extreme conditions and accidents can also be the cause of your leaky skylight. It is also very important that you employ an experienced and knowledgeable professional to repair the leak as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the roof and the inside of the house.

Leaky SkylightCondensation is a factor.

Bear in mind that if you have drip on the inside of your skylight it does not necessarily mean you have a leaky skylight as condensation can often be the cause of the problem. This is especially true if the skylight is not of good quality or in extreme weather conditions. Extra humidity from dryers, washing machines, hot baths and even plant life in the home can cause condensation to build up on the inside of your skylight. This condensation will inevitably drip off giving the impression that you have a leaky skylight. This becomes even more pertinent when the weather gets colder outside. A build up of ice or snow on the outside of your skylight is a sure fire way to promote condensation on the inside of your skylight. Having thermal pane glass or double glazing glass unit is a must and will reduce these kinds of problems but if the unit is in a bathroom or laundry room some condensation is inevitable.

The damage a leaky skylight can cause.

A leaky skylight causes relatively minimal damage in the short term, however over the long term this damage can become significant so you should make sure that the drops you saw coming off your skylight are actually condensation and not the first tell tale signs of a leak. You may end up having to replace wallpaper, drywall, carpets and worse still, making structural repairs to the inside of your house. Though structural problems are usually only in extreme circumstances. A leaky skylight may also be indicative that you have bigger problems with your roof so you should get someone out to check it as soon as possible.

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One Response to “Have You Got A Leaky Skylight?”

I have never liked skylights because they leak but maybe your right.