Top 5 Reasons Your Skylight Needs Repair:
1. Water Leaks – A skylight can leak for several reasons; cracked glass or a broken dome, the gasketing and rubber seals have dry-rotted in the sun, a flashing system that was installed improperly, or even from an adjacent hole in the roof. Either way, it’s important to properly diagnose where the leak is coming from and address it causes extensive water damage to the interior of your home. Read more about water leaks HERE.
2. Air-Flow – Is dust or debris getting into your home? This is a sign that your skylight is not secured down tight enough. Typically this happens because the gasket system between the frame and the curb are bad or it was installed incorrectly. The air gap now allows dust, debris, or smoke to blow down into your home. In many cases, this is a simple repair where a new gasket is put down and the skylight is re-secured and the problem is solved!
3. Broken Glass or Cracks in Domes – It’s pretty common to have a crack forming or a broken glass panel in a large glass skylight. Objects falling from the sky, like branches or hail, could crack the glass or they could just form over time in an old skylight. In some cases the glass can be replaced and the skylight resealed, but in very old skylights with thin glass like chicken wire, we typically recommend to replace the entire skylight. Once cracks start forming in plastic domes, they can never be repaired properly and will always expand until they start leaking. We always recommend replacing the entire unit.
4. Your Skylight is Too Hot! – Many old custom glass skylights were made from thin 1/4″ glass with zero protection from the sun’s UV light. The end result is unwanted heat into your home, as well as UV rays which can fade and damage the interior finishes of your home. Upgrading to a modern dual-glazed glass skylight with LoE3 glazing that blocks 99.9% of UV will improve the thermal efficiency of your home. The same is true for dome skylights, especially the larger they are. A thin layer of plastic does not block near the amount of heat or UV compared to modern skylight glass.
5. Your Skylight is Old and Ugly – Skylights that are 20+ years old typically are in need of repair or replacement. In many cases small leaks go undetected behind the drywall and can cause mold or structural damage to the framing of your home. Why wait until it’s too late! Replace out an old ugly dome and upgrade to a new modern glass skylight and enjoy the added protection from harmful UV light and unwanted heat!