It’s frustrating to have leaks anywhere in the house, especially ones that come from up above. Your skylights let beautiful daylight in, but they can leak if your contractor doesn’t properly seal them. You may wonder, “why is my skylight leaking?”. Here’s how to deal with a leak and navigate skylight installation in New Hampshire.
What Prevents a Skylight from Leaking?
We at Energy Shield of New Hampshire are answering a lot of calls from worried homeowners across the state. Among these calls are many customers with leaky skylights that other businesses installed improperly.
Our top 3 reasons for your skylight leaking have to do with the factors we apply to our own skylight installation in New Hampshire. When entrusted by homeowners as their roofing contractor, we take great care with these three steps:
- Ensuring that we fully protect the decking from weathering BEFORE the installation begins
- Following the necessary steps to properly seal the skylight
- Knowing when it’s time to replace the skylight
Why Is My Skylight Leaking? 3 Main Reasons
Based on our three steps to success, our main reasons for a skylight leaking include improper weather protection, incorrect flashing or sealing, and an old skylight that needs replacement.
Improper Weather Protection
If you’re asking “why is my skylight leaking?” one of the main answers to that question is that your contractor didn’t protect the decking properly.
Before the installation, it’s imperative to have the necessary weather protection down on the decking. Our process includes proper sealing: an ice and water barrier and a synthetic underlayment that guards against the most extreme weather. You need good weather guards before your skylight installation so that your home is protected with this new “hole” in the roof.
Incorrect Flashing or Sealing
Does your skylight have proper flashing? When it comes to a skylight, a chimney, or any other interruption in the roofing system, a contractor needs to properly flash (or seal) it. If it is not sealed up, when the rain comes, the leaks will come too. To inspect your home for leaks, be sure to check out our homeowner inspection guide.
It’s Seen Better Days
The third reason your skylight could be leaking is that it is simply old. The gaskets are worn out, the sealant has cracked, or the skylight is just plain broken. Many of our customers want to keep their skylights when having their roofing system replaced to cut costs. Oftentimes, after we educate the homeowner on the importance of keeping the integrity of the roofing system strong, they decide that a few hundred dollars is worth the replacement of their skylights.
Pros and Cons of Skylights
If you’re on the fence about getting a skylight for your home, here is a list of pros and cons that should help you make an easier decision. It’s important to be informed about the ups and downs of skylights so that you don’t get shocked by potentially high costs and know you truly want the potential benefits they can bring.
One of the main reasons homeowners install skylights is to bring light into darker areas of their houses. This could be a bathroom, attic, or closet, to name a few. This beautiful, natural daylight is pleasing and adds to the aesthetic value of your home. This high aesthetic value can translate into a higher property value as well.
Skylights can also aid in ventilating your home. With another window you can crack, you can keep your home cooler in the summer. With more fresh air coming in, your indoor air quality increases. This means healthier air to breathe in!
If you strategically place your skylights, they may be able to provide warmth in the winter months and cooler times of the day. For example, a south-facing skylight with a deciduous tree above it will be shaded in the summertime and provide great solar heat in the wintertime. Strategically placing your skylights for solar heat can save you big on energy bills.
Along with the benefits, it’s also important to know the cons of skylights and what to expect. You’ll want to make sure you’re okay dealing with potential drawbacks before going ahead with skylight installation.
Although skylights can save on energy bills by providing solar heat, they might also be a spot where energy leaks out of your home, especially if they aren’t sealed properly. The UV rays coming in through the skylight may also damage furniture if that’s a concern to you.
Skylights are essentially interrupting your roof. This hole in your roof is prone to issues if your contractor does not correctly install it. Since it requires a lot of steps, installation of skylights can cost a lot upfront. It’s important to avoid cheap, plastic skylights and ensure the window is set slightly above the roof.
Skylight installation can be tricky, so it’s important to have the right company doing the job. We recommend doing your research beforehand since the last thing you want is to end up with a skylight with issues. Because there is so much work required in skylight installation, it can be expensive.
You may also pay higher premiums on insurance since skylights pose some risks, including leaking. A leaking skylight will introduce water to your home which in turn will be very destructive. Structural water damage and mold are very dangerous, so always make sure you’re working with a company that knows about roofing and that you can trust!
Call Energy Shield for your Skylight Installation in New Hampshire!
Energy Shield of New Hampshire has been creating beautiful and high-performing roofs for over 40 years. We’re focused on bringing high-quality roofing services and energy efficiency to our community.
Whether you’re interested in installing a skylight, or you have questions or concerns about the topic, feel free to contact us by phone or email. Or, you can check us out on Google to see why we have over 100 five-star reviews. Ready to take your home to the next level? Contact us today for your free, no-obligation roofing inspection!