Do roofers repair skylights?
Whether your skylight is leaking or damaged in some other way, you’ll want to get it repaired. When it comes to skylight repair, a roofing contractor is the right choice to make the repair. Skylights are part of your roof, so a roofer will know what is needed to make repairs. Often, with leaks, for example, the water normally gets under loose or damaged flashing around the skylight. Roofers work with flashing all the time. Of course, when you need skylight repair and replacement in Branford, CT, you’ll want roofing professionals that are experienced with skylights. You’ll find such skilled professionals at Amity Home Maintenance Solutions. Find out how we can help with skylights or any other home maintenance service by calling 203-390-7399.
How do you repair a leaking skylight?
A leaking skylight is a common skylight repair that’s made. Making the repair requires the right tools and skills to ensure the leak is completely contained. To make the repair:
- Check first to make sure the skylight is leaking and it’s not just condensation.
- Once it’s been determined that the skylight is leaking, debris needs to be cleaned.
- Check the flashing to see if it is loose, damaged, or there are any gaps.
- After the leak is located, seal gaps or holes in the flashing with roofing cement.
- Any damaged or loose flashing needs to be repaired or replaced.
- Silicone caulking can be used to seal leaks around the skylight lens.
Can you replace just the glass in the skylight?
Besides leaks, another common problem that occurs with skylight is the glass fogging. This can be unsightly and you might be considering replacing the skylights. But, this may not be necessary. Sometimes fogging is caused by condensation, which means the skylight isn’t well insulated and not a problem with the glass itself. The only skylight repair that’s necessary in this case is reinforcing the insulation around the skylight. Sometimes, however, moisture gets caught between the glass and causes it to fog up. Fortunately, you normally don’t have to completely replace the skylight, you’ll just need to replace the glass.
Skylight repair on metal roof
When you have skylights on metal roofs, you have to be alert to problems that might require repairs. Condensation and mold, for instance, can be caused by air leaks from attic skylights with chases, the rectangular passages between skylights, and the ceiling underneath them. It’s also recommended that when replacing a metal roof you also replace any skylights that are ten years old or older. This way the skylights fit with the roof’s design.
Skylight repair or replacement
When it comes to choosing between skylight repair or replacement, age will play a big role in the decision. Skylights have fairly limited lifespans. You might, therefore, ask, “How often should skylights be replaced?” If they are over 10 years old, you might want to replace them instead of just continually repairing them. Most skylights only receive 20-year warranties and few last that long. If possible, try to coordinate replacing your skylights when you have your roof replaced so the skylights and new roof fit together. Of course, if the only genuine problem with the skylights is the glass, and structures like flashing are in good shape, you might just consider replacing the glass.
Can you cover up a skylight?
Skylights are excellent sources of natural light and even warmth. But, a common problem that occurs is condensation. Some people mistake condensation for leaks, and you should always check to make sure you have condensation rather than a leak to avoid a costly skylight repair. Condensation normally occurs because of poor insulation around the glass on the inside of the building. It’s often more common in the winter than summer or spring, as warmer air inside contends with the chill outside. One way to combat condensation in the winter is to cover the windows with insulating material. Insulated panels can be inserted into the framed opening of the skylight’s interior. The cover blocks out light but also provides more insulation to help keep the home warmer in the winter months.
Replace skylight roof
When you are replacing your roof, if you have skylights, it’s a good time to replace them, too, especially if they are 10 years old or older. Some people also opt to have the skylights removed altogether. This might be because they are remodeling or just never found the skylights appealing in the first place or because they are continually having problems with condensation and leaks. Removing the skylights completely when replacing your roof is often a good solution to preventing leaks. However, make certain you definitely want to remove them because installing new skylights can be relatively expensive, although Amity Home Maintenance Solutions is always happy to install skylights if you are interested in installing them. When you have the skylights removed, you will need additional support in that area of the roof to prevent the roof from sagging.
Skylight repair near me
If you have skylights that are leaking or are otherwise damaged and need skylight repair in Branford, CT, you can always count on the experts at Amity Home Maintenance Solutions. We provide a complete range of home improvement and construction services. Find out more about us or schedule a service by calling 203-390-7399.