Monday, February 4th, 2019 by Robert Stiltner
Skylights, when installed correctly, can be a functional and beautiful addition to any home. The extra natural light skylights bring can visually expand interior spaces, reduce utility bills and ward off the winter blues. And in winter, most homeowners with skylights appreciate the added warmth a skylight can provide.
The problem is, however, that skylights are prone to developing leaks during the coldest and wettest season. In fact, skylight leak repairs are among the most common roof leak repairs seen in residential roofing.
Skylight leaks can be an expensive road to major roof, drywall, carpet and flooring damage. Additionally, a leaky skylight may be an indication of more serious, hidden damage – prevention and prompt diagnosis are the first step to maintaining skylight and managing potential leaks!
You can prevent winter skylight leaks by performing regular roof maintenance and timely inspections. That’s where we come in!
Winter skylight leaks can be caused by several factors, including:
Many of these skylight issues and other types of water damage to the roof can be prevented through seasonal roof inspections. A Field Manager of ours will look for damage to the shingles, and gutters, but will also check the flashings for holes, cracks, or other signs of damage or deterioration. They should also check the interior of the house for issues that could be causing your problems.
It is best to schedule roof inspections before the winter to make sure your home is ready for the cold and wet. You may want to schedule another inspection in the spring to confirm that your roof and skylight made it through the storms in one piece and address any necessary roof repairs following this wet season.
Taking care of your roof during winter is another way to prevent skylight leaks – roof care is more important in around winter than at any other time of year. This is largely due to the threat of ice dams, which can wreak havoc on your roof and attic and potentially cause major, costly damage.
First and foremost, clear your roof of snow as quickly as possible after the storm. Speedy yet safe snow removal does not give the precipitation time to melt and refreeze on the roof, creating ice dams. Ice dams can block drainage to the point that moisture can seep into the home through the roof and skylight.
Another factor to consider regarding your winter skylight leaks is the humidity level in the highest floor of your home. Too much humidity in the air, whether it comes from the laundry room or bathroom, can cause condensation on skylight glass while leading to leaks around the frame. Ask your roofing contractor to suggest an appropriate ventilation system or dehumidifier for your home to prevent condensation.