How Do I know If I Need Skylight Repair? What Are The Signs?
That’s typically our number-one question and, in most cases, the first signs that you are in need of some skylight repair are not always obvious. If you are experiencing roof leaks, they could be the result of any number of issues.
Generally speaking, the first sign that your roof is leaking is when you notice that puddle in the middle of your bedroom (and hopefully not on your bed while you were sleeping). The sad truth, however, is that your problem began long before you saw it. Now you need to find its source – quickly – and have it fixed.
Is your skylight the problem?
Most people don’t realize that a damaged skylight can impact the integrity of your entire roofing system and lead to costly roofing repairs. Weather, tampering and faulty installations are all reasons why your skylights can begin to fail and it’s important for home-owners to know what to look for. Skylights begin to leak for many reasons, one of which being that the seal on the glass around the skylight weakens over time.
This is mainly due to Toronto’s extreme seasonal weather changes – hot summers and cold winters – and will eventually lead to cracks in the seals around the glass panes. The constant expanding and shrinking (summers and winters) eventually create gaps where water can work its way into a home.
At that point, it’s just a matter of time before the real damages begin to set-in and your search for “skylight repair” companies will begin.
The older, dome style skylights are especially prone to this cracking and these types of skylights need periodic inspections by roofing professionals to determine their efficacy. A skylight can be repaired and have its life extended through caulking and silicone fillers that protect it from the extreme temperature changes in our climate.
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Were your skylights installed properly?
Another common issue with skylights leaking is that they were not installed correctly in the first place. It’s an unfortunate reality in the world of home repairs that a lot of contractors will take-on jobs that they really aren’t trained to perform.
There is a lot of work involved with installing skylights, as they are enclosed in step flashing and shingles that must be custom fitted to the actual skylight. The custom bending of step flashing metal takes a lot of time for installers who must ensure that there are no gaps between the sidewalls of the skylight and the shingles.
Needless to say, some installers take shortcuts and the results are costly leaks that affect the entire home.
Worried that your skylight is old and leaking?
Here are a few signs to determine if you need a roof inspection:
- Condensation visible on the skylight dome, or between glass panels
- Leaks during rain or snow fall
- Drywall damage around the skylight
- Stains or streaks near the skylight
- Draft felt near the skylight
- Cracks on the skylight glass
- Missing flashing around the skylight
Skylights serve an important function on your roof by brightening a home’s interior, yet they frequently get overlooked when it comes to a home’s maintenance. If you are having problems with roof leaks, having a roofing professional come to your home to examine your skylights (and inspect your roof) can help you find the source of the problem.
Meet Pawel, the owner of Archer Roofing!
Pawel Matonog knows the difference between what can be repaired and what needs to be replaced. His skill and experience in the roofing industry means you can trust his professional judgement and he will recommend repairs ONLY if the skylight can be reasonably fixed. Sadly, some companies will pressure you into scrapping your current skylight for a new one simply because installing a new skylight is more profitable than repairing an existing one.
We don’t do that at Archer Roofing as we pride ourselves on our honesty and integrity in the roofing business.
We’re happy to repair your skylight if it can last – even a few more years – and we’re not worried about how much money we can make off of you during each visit. We just want a satisfied customer who will recommend us to their friends and neighbours, which is what has kept us in business since 1989! Most of our business is through referrals and we’d like to keep it that way.
Archer Roofing Is Your Best Skylight Solution. Period.
Repairing skylights and roofs can be a complicated task that requires the right experience and knowledge to do the job properly. As a family owned and operated business since 1989, Archer Roofing understands how valuable your home is to you and your family. Through our extensive experience working on many different roofs in Toronto, there is no roof or leak we have come across yet that we haven’t been able to fix!
When Archer Roofing repairs or replaces a skylight, we ensure that the surrounding roof membrane, step-flashing and any shingles are replaced and expertly blended into the rest of the roof to safeguard the new skylight from any potential leaks.
If at all possible, we will try to clean and repair the existing skylight, or offer our clients a suitable replacement if repair is not feasible. Either way, we can discuss different skylight options for your home and come up with the best and most cost-effective solution to suit your budget.
To ensure you are safe from extreme weather conditions, your home needs top quality roofing materials and workmanship to stand the test of time. Trust Archer Roofing to use only premium products and installation techniques when you hire us to replace or repair your skylights.
Leaking Skylight In Your Toronto Home?
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