No matter where you live in In Washington State – Seattle, Tacoma, or Bellevue – you have probably thought about putting a skylight in your home. Skylights bring the outside light into your home in a way that light fixtures can’t. Especially on those cloudy days or you want a view of a starry sky, Skylights are worth the investment. Unfortunately, like just about anything else in a home, Skylights occasionally have problems. Since they are often inconvenient to access, skylight repairs can be particularly difficult. And, if the repairs aren’t done properly, you’ll have a leaky roof to deal with.
Common Skylight Repairs
Repairing a leaky skylight is the most frequent repair homeowners may have. About 90 percent of all leaks are caused by damage to the metal flashing around the skylight. Flashing is a piece of metal that sits flush against a skylight opening and prevents water from leaking under the shingles. Most leaks are slow. Homeowners may not see a leak for several years until the drywall next to the skylight starts to buckle or stain. Because they might be hard to notice when they start, it might be a good idea to have your skylight and your entire roof examined regularly by a professional to identify any problems.
Modern skylights that are properly installed or repaired by a professional should remain watertight for a long time. Newer skylights are built in accordance with rugged construction requirements. But, they can crack with impact from hail or tree branches. If your older skylights are in an area where it can be easily damaged, consider replacing it with a newer damage resistant plastic version. Ot have the trees trimmed to reduce potential damage.
If you decide to replace your skylights, you need to research your options. There are different types of skylights. Some skylights can open a few inches to allow air circulation. Some ventilation skylights may open with a pole while others may use gears that raise and lower the skylight. Sometimes these gears can get jammed. Some other skylights can be opened automatically with motors, which are great for high ceilings. However, these motors need occasional maintenance and repair. Skylight repairs for automatic models may also be electrical rather than mechanical, and might require a different type of service technician to fix than other skylight problems.
Skylights aren’t just rectangular either. There are tubular lights that are great for small spaces like bathrooms and hallways. Some manufacturers also other additional options, like shades. These shades can be opaque or semi opaque and can be opened and closed to provide maximum control over the amount of light allowed in.
Not all skylight problems are a result of damage. Sometimes skylight repairs are a result of insufficient cleaning and maintenance. Skylights do tend to be neglected because of their location. You may find special tools on extending poles for regular dusting. Some service providers may be able to include skylight cleaning along with their regular service, like gutter cleaning. Some window cleaning services also include skylights as part of the whole house window cleaning.
When your home is ready for a new roof, repairs, or maintenance, you need a reliable, dependable roof repair company. You count on you roofing contractor to keep your home safe and dry. Guardian Roofing is committed to providing top-quality service, professionalism and workmanship.
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