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11 Jul 2017
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Telltale Signs that You Need to Replace Your Skylight


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Posted By Sarah S.

Skylights will offer you additional lighting from the sun while also enhancing the aesthetic beauty of your home. Using skylights can reduce the amount of energy you use especially if you have to switch on lights in areas that are dark. When skylights age or they are acted by environmental factors like UV light, rainwater, hails, snow, ice, and winds, they are likely to wear out and need replacement. You can contact a contractor qualified in skylight replacement Toronto to replace a damaged skylight. Here are telltale signs that'll indicate you need to replace your skylight;

Damp and moist ceiling
When you notice that the ceiling is becoming damp and moist, you might want to check the skylight for possible leaks. Leaks are among the commonest problems homeowners experience with skylights. The leaks may occur due to issues with the flashing, which seals the space between the skylight and the other roof surface.

Flashing sits against the edges of the skylight where it touches the roof and the flashing material. It helps direct water away from the roof and skylight. However, when there are cracks or holes in flashing, you are likely to have leaks, which make the ceiling to appear moist and damp. This can also increase the risk of having mold growth.

Water staining on walls and ceiling
Whenever there are leaks, they may cause the walls and ceiling to stain. These stains may make the home interior surfaces to look unsightly. The presence of stains should prompt an inspection in the skylight to determine whether leaks are occurring. An improperly fitted skylight may have issues of leaks, which could result in staining of surfaces. The staining may also be caused by molds that are growing due to the water leaking to ceilings and wall paints.

Cracks in the glass or plastic
The material used to make the skylight may wear out with time. Plastic is susceptible to warping and cracking when it is acted by elements like UV light and rainwater. Glass may also wear out due to such elements. With many years of use, the glass or plastic material for your skylight will age and when this is coupled with the effects of environmental elements, it means that at some point, you have to replace the structure.

Sometimes, repairing cracks or replacing the glass glazing may suffice but there are times when you just have to do a full skylight replacement. It depends on the nature of problem and how long it has persisted.

Excess condensation
It is typical for some materials to bring condensation especially in colder climates or in situations where there is increased moisture inside the house. When you use materials that have single glazed surfaces, it also increases condensation. While ventilation may help address the problem of condensation, when it persists, you may want to change the material and fit a new skylight that is double or triple glazed to prevent condensation of moist air.

Skylights need to be installed properly and taken care of to prevent premature failure. When debris accumulates on skylights, it may rot and trap moisture that may damage the flashing areas. Clearing and removing such debris can reduce unexpected damages. A skylight replacement Toronto is needed if you have to do away with leaks, excess condensation, cracks, staining, or other structural damages on the skylight.

Comments (6)

By Lila H. on JUL 14 2017 @ 8:15PM

If you have a really old one, you may just want to replace it before you have problems.

By Leroy S. on JUL 14 2017 @ 9:22AM

How much does it cost to get one of these installed in a home?

By Leslie W. on JUL 13 2017 @ 2:15PM

Sure skylights might be a bit of extra maintenance to thing about, but they really are worth it, I love that extra sunlight.

By Sidney N. on JUL 12 2017 @ 6:11PM

You should have one that is flush with the rest of the roof, so that you minimize the amount of leaves and debris that will gather on top of it.

By Roman C. on JUL 12 2017 @ 2:12PM

I'd say that before you see staining, just glance at it periodically for swollen wood, that'll let you know that it's getting wet.

By Brady M. on JUL 12 2017 @ 7:12AM

I still don't have a good idea of what flashing is exactly.

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