Preventing Leaky Winter Skylights

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Having a skylight on your home in Denver can be a great way to add light and warmth to a space. They are attractive and can help lower heating costs in the winter. However, they can also become troublesome if they develop a leak.

Skylights may leak for a variety of different reasons, including having flashing that was poorly placed. This will allow water to leak into the home after its rains or snows. It may also be possible that condensation is contributing to a leak from the skylight in your home.

To prevent a skylight from leaking in the winter or any time of the year, there are some things that have to be addressed. These include the following.

Proper Installation

Having a skylight installed flush with the roof instead of above it can cause leaks to happen. Most skylights are placed into a box or frame, which is called a curb. The glass is then placed on top of this curb and reinforced with flashings and underlayment to protect the roof. If placed flush with the roof, it probably won’t have this underlayment and flashing, which could mean water seeping into your home.

Installing a SkylightProper Maintenance

Keeping the skylight and area around it clear of ice, snow, and other debris is important to ensure that water is draining properly from the roof. If water can’t flow downward into gutters, it has no choice but to find its way into your home.

Proper Ventilation

If condensation is the cause of leaks in your skylight, it may be because of inadequate roof ventilation. If you notice condensation on the skylight after doing normal household activities such as running the dryer or showering, this may be your problem.

Talking to a professional and having them inspect your skylight, roof, and attic will find any potential issues that may cause leakage. They will also be able to do roof repair fix those problems before they become a major issue.

The professionals at Horn Brothers are here to help you with your roofing needs!

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