What can cause your skylight to leak?

Having a skylight installed in your roof is beneficial in different ways. It helps you to get more melatonin in the body and help conserve energy as well. In general, skylights come with expensive price tags and repairing a damaged skylight is a pretty difficult task.

If you don’t maintain and repair your skylight, it can start to leak sooner or later. It is needless to mention how annoying and dangerous these leaks are so it is important for any homeowner to know the caused behind it.

  • Errors in flashing

Skylight is tightened using flashing. Over time, flashing can gather water if there is no roofing material to cover the flashing as well. As a result, corrosion and pinholes can appear.

  • Dampness

In general, skylights can experience issues due to gathered dampness (water drops) on the glass coating,especially during the winter. Check the underside of the skylight (single-glazed) for condensed water. Even if there is a hairline crack, water can seep through and become an annoyance.

  • Loose shingles

If the shingles placed around the skylight are loosened or poorly fixed by the previous roofer, there is a huge change for leaks. When the shingles are not properly nailed, they can be lifted during strong winds. The open areas created as a result of this process will allow water to penetrate. This is exactly why you should hire none other than a professional roofer to get all the roofing work done.

The bottom-line

If you notice any leaks on your skylight, the best thing you should do is to call a professional roofer. You should not try to repair it by yourself as a DIY task because fixing a skylight is a serious job. If handled by untrained hands, you can end up causing more harm than good. The last thing you need is to make more damage to your skylight by attempting an unprofessional repair and get it destroyed. So, make sure that you call a professional roofing contractor to handle it. Once the skylight is fixed, you should monitor it on a regular basis (at least one in a month) to see if any leaks are there.

This article was provided by D’Angelo & Sons Roofing and Exteriors.


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