What do you see when you look up at your skylight?
Do you see glorious natural light pouring through the skylight illuminating the room and filling it with warmth? Or are you staring at cracks, discoloration, or condensation and wondering what to do about it.
It might be time to schedule skylight repairs.
Properly installed and maintained skylights are very durable, but they’re not immune to the ravages of weather and time. They can develop cracks and leaks that don’t just look unsightly but could lead to additional problems in the future.
How do you know if one of the skylights in your Oklahoma home needs repairs? Read below for five signs to look out for, and if they should warrant a call to your friendly roofing company.
1. Chipping and Cracking
Skylights aren’t just a source of light, but they’re also a home accent. Visible cracks in the glass pane can shatter the aesthetics you’re going for with your property.
Unfortunately, skylights are a part of the roof and experience the same punishment your roof does throughout the year. Hail can cause cracks as well as freeze-thaw cycles during winter. Repairing or replacing cracked or chipped panes before they break is recommended to prevent possible harm to your family.
2. Condensation May Require Skylight Repairs
Condensed water forming on the glass means that moisture gathers around your skylight. When you see condensation, the sealants may have deteriorated and can no longer serve as a solid barrier to moisture.
We recommend repairs to your skylight to prevent moisture from seeping into the frame and rotting the wood. However, be aware that condensation can also occur if your home has a lot of humidity due to a different issue.
3. Signs of Water Damage
Water can enter through small leaks and cause water damage. As the water gets absorbed by the skylight structure, it can cause the glass to become cloudy or yellowish. Ultimately, the glass becomes so murky that sunlight fails to penetrate it, defeating the purpose of having a skylight.
Other signs of water damage include a damp ceiling and flaking or bubbling of the drywall surrounding the skylight. Over time, you may see mold growth that may compromise your family’s health.
4. Your Skylight Is Old
The average lifespan of skylights is 8 to 15 years. But your skylight may not last that long, especially if you get a lot of snow, rain, or hail in your area.
If your skylight is getting on in years, be vigilant about possible issues that may need repairs. Strongly consider a replacement if you discover any problems. It’ll be a great time to upgrade to new, more efficient models.
5. The Room Is Drafty
Do you hear whistling winds or feel a draft beneath the skylight? The measures used to seal the skylight, e.g., the flashing, may have been weakened or damaged.
Getting repairs isn’t just for the sake of comfort. A drafty room is inefficient and can cause your heating and cooling bills to skyrocket.
Call the Professionals
If you see any of the signs above, it’s best to call the professionals right away. Prompt repairs ensure that the structure doesn’t turn into a hazard that may cause harm to your family members.
Do you need skylight repairs? VH1 Roofing can get the job done.
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