Installing a skylight in your roof is one of the better ways you can improve the interior of your home. A skylight can reduce your dependency on electricity by flooding your home with natural light on sunny days. Additionally, natural light makes your home a brighter and more inviting environment. Skylight installation is a win-win scenario!
Unfortunately, like many aspects of your home, skylights are not invincible, and can fail over time and necessitate skylight repair in Alaska. Continue reading to learn more about repair and what you can do to prevent skylight leaks and other issues from occurring.
Signs you need repair
It doesn’t take a roofing professional to know that the number one sign that you have a leaky skylight is a puddle of water sitting on your floor directly below the light! However, there are a few signs that indicate your skylight is in need of repair before a puddle develops on your floor. Look up—if you see condensation forming on the inside of the skylight, you may have an issue. Skylights have a condensation channel that’s supposed to let that condensation evaporate. But if the channel gets too full, that condensation can end up dripping down into your home. There may also be some blockage causing your channel to malfunction. Call a roofing professional as soon as possible to inspect your skylight if you see condensation before that water starts getting into your home!
Causes of damage
A skylight can begin to leak for a number of reasons, but the most common cause of a leak has to do with the flashing surrounding the light. The metal around the skylight keeps water out, but it can begin to fail due to normal wear and tear. Extreme weather, like hail and heavy winds, can speed up the wear and tear process and cause the flashing to wear down prematurely. As mentioned above, any debris blocking the condensation channels can cause a leak. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to mitigate the risk of a leak happening.
The easiest way to avoid the need for skylight repair in Alaska is to call a professional to perform a skylight inspection at least once a year. A professional will be able to quickly spot any vulnerable portions of your flashing and get those repaired right away. Assuming you’re not afraid of heights, you can prevent the need for repair without calling anyone. Hop up on your roof and clean out the dirty areas surrounding your skylight.
Solutions to the problem
If a skylight is leaking, a professional’s first and second options will be to try to seal the vulnerable area with caulk and repair the flashing. If neither of those remedies works, you may need to have your skylight replaced completely. A glass installation professional will be able to get on your roof to remove and replace your skylight in as little as one day.
If you’ve noticed a leaking skylight or condensation around the glass, give Replacement Glass a call. Our professionals will be able to remedy the problem before the interior of your home is damaged.
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