Florissant/St. Louis Skylight Leak Repair
Skylights are used to bring in valuable St. Louis natural lighting and ventilation into the home. They perform a critical role in neighborhoods with very limited natural sunlight. Skylights act as a “window” for the roof, allowing daylight to come into dark parts of the building. However, like other special roof components, skylights are prone to leakage. Here are some of the most important details you should know about skylights and why they leak.
What is a Roof Skylight?
A skylight is an opening on your roof which is covered by specially coated glass or plastic. Skylights are available in various shapes and sizes including rectangular, circular, diamond, oval, triangular, and tubular. Those that allow air to come in can be fitted with special motors that pull down the cover when it rains. Properly selected skylights are also energy-efficient. They can help to reduce your cooling, heating and lighting costs when they are carefully positioned and installed.
In addition, skylights provide several health benefits. The natural light they provide helps our bodies to produce natural vitamin D. This light also reduces headaches and eye fatigue while it stimulates the mind and makes us more productive. Sunlight can also promote quicker recovery from illness and help to reduce stress. However, due to poor installation, wear, and structural defects, the skylight may leak, and you will need to call a professional roofer to carry out skylight repairs.
What Causes Skylight Leakage?
The skylights on your roof are meant to let in more light, but any sign of water dripping down from them should be a major source of concern. It could lead to the growth of mold and some of the wooden structures in the home could get rotten. Here are some reasons for skylight leaks:
Poor Installation: If the skylight was installed as a do-it-yourself project, it could have several defects. For instance, professionally-installed glass skylights are meant to have double paned glass, but some homemade versions have single panes. This type can cause mist to condense underneath and drip into the attic. Single-paned skylights should be replaced with double panes. In some other cases, old homes have “self-flashing” skylights that don’t have a curb. These kinds of skylights are quite difficult to remove or repair without damaging them.
Leaves and Debris: Leaves and other debris can build up over time and get stuck at the flashing or beneath the roof tiles. As a result, water may be dammed and end up flowing over the flashing into the ceiling. This usually occurs during a heavy rain. In this case, you should call your roofing company to inspect the entire installation and perform necessary skylight repairs. They will help you clear all the debris and repair any cracks.
Damaged Shingles and Flashing: Some roofing tiles or shingles around the skylight may lift up due to rusted nails or damaged fasteners. When this happens, water could pool around the curb of the skylight. Also, if the flashing no longer provides a watertight seal between the base of the skylight and roof, water may seep through to the ceiling. Worn out flashing may also have cracks and pin holes that let water drip into the attic.
Any leaks around the roof skylight should be fixed quickly to prevent more costly damage. But you should not wait for it to leak. Ask your local roofing expert to come and inspect your roof at least once or twice a year. You will save repair costs by detecting faults early.