Skylights allow natural light and fresh air to enter your home. Skylights are energy efficient and improve your heating and cooling costs. Some studies have concluded that the natural light improves mood and decreases depressions. Skylights improve the air quality in your home and reduce the chances for mold as well.
Despite how well they are installed, skylights can leak. The hot sun in the summer and freezing cold temperatures in the winter take their toll on skylight seals. Skylights that become covered with ice and snow may leak because of their weep holes being covered. In this case, the internal condensation is unable to escape.
Many skylight leaks are caused by a flashing problem. Flashing is a piece of metal that is designed to sweep away water on or around the skylight. These types of leaks start small and are hard to spot until you notice water damage on the surrounding dry wall. Other leaks are caused when the glass on the skylight cracks with impact from a tree branch or other item. It is recommended that you have your skylights examined at the same time you have your roof assessed
If you have skylights that are leaking or that have not been inspected for some time, give a licensed roofing contractor a call for an assessment. Even the smallest of leaks, which are not detectable by the homeowner, can cause a tremendous amount of damage if not repaired. Have your skylights inspected and repaired today.