Skylight Leaks? What You Need to Know

Skylight Leaks? What You Need to Know

Natural light is wonderful for the home and for the soul, and skylights provide this natural light very effectively. As an elegant addition to your home, skylights give you a connection with the world above. However, what do you do when your skylight has a little bit too much of a connection with nature such as water droplets falling from it?

Don’t Freak About Leaks

Most things on your roof will spring a leak at some point or another. Even though this is a very slow process, it’s always good to keep an eye out for any falling water or water damage. Leaks on your skylight can be caused by several things: shifting roof material, broken seals, or external damage. It is likely that your skylight has or will experience something similar, but the good news is, a professional roofing service is trained to handle skylight problems and help restore your sanity and sky watching ability.

Identifying the Leak

Noticing a leak in your roof or around your skylight can seem daunting, but just remember to take it one step at a time. First, the best thing you can do is try to locate where the leak is coming from exactly. In uninterrupted roofing, you can usually do this by going into the attic and tracing the trail of water upstream to its source. This process is a little more difficult for skylights as they often are the source. However, try your best to ascertain which part of the skylight is producing the leak by noting where the water seems to be coming from. 

Leak Repair

Repairing leaks is something that roofing services are very familiar with. They repair leaks daily in sloped roofs, flat roofs, skylights, and roofs of all materials, it’s just part of the job description. So, you don’t have to worry whether your leak can be repaired because it most certainly can be fixed by a trained professional! Addressing a skylight leak is a bit different from that of a regular roof leak in that a whole window to the outside world is being fixed, but it will likely entail some removal of small areas of roofing material, resealing of the skylight, and replacing the material with something more watertight.

Something you should know about skylight leaks is that they are sometimes more complicated to fix than in the process mentioned above and may require a replacement of the skylight particularly if a part of it is cracked or damaged. This is also something your roofing service can do, and they will likely provide a consultation for the replacement of the skylight if it seems that your original one is beyond repair.

Final Thoughts

Leaking skylights can be a scary thought, but if you take measures to address the leak quickly, damage will be minimal and possibly nonexistent. Once you locate the leak, you should contact a professional roofing service to ensure it can be fixed quickly and effectively. If you need a professional roofing service, call Tesson Roofing & Exteriors today for a free estimate.