PITTSBURGH SKYLIGHT INSTALLATION
WHY SHOULD I
Skylights can be an effective way to bring natural light into your home, especially areas of that might not otherwise be well lit. Whether it’s a bathroom, dark hallway, or attic, skylights can add appeal and airiness to spaces that can feel dark and confining. They’re also a great choice for bringing light into spaces where privacy is a concern, such as bathrooms or closets.
As nice as they are however, skylights are not without their headaches for homeowners. Aging skylights especially can leak easily, so it’s important to stay on top of your skylight maintenance to protect both the skylight itself and the surrounding roofing.
SKYLIGHT COSTS AND ISSUES
- The components of the skylight — glass, motor, etc. — can often be replaced individually and can cost less than replacing the entire system.
- Since leaking is typically the most common problem skylights have, it can be worth it to repair the leak rather than replace the entire unit.
- Skylights are also prone to impact and debris damage — things like falling branches, high winds, and even UV light can compromise the structure and performance of skylights. If your skylight has undergone this type of damage, it’s likely best to replace the entire light.
- A leaky skylight manifests in a few ways. The first is water dripping or discoloration on the flooring beneath the skylight. If the leak has gone unnoticed or is more serious, there may be pooling water in or around the skylight.
- Skylights can be prone to increased condensation in the home especially if the placement is near bathrooms or kitchens where moisture tends to be released into the air during normal activities.
- Bad flashing can also cause a leaky skylight. You’ll want to check the flashing around the skylight and look for areas where it might be pinched or compromised.