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Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 11:08 AM


Skylights can be an excellent source of natural heat in the chilly winters. Letting in bright sunlight through the roof of your home not only shaves a few dollars off of your heating bill, but can help keep the winter blues away when the days are short. However, a leaking skylight negates these valuable benefits.
Winter Skylight Problems: Preventing Leaks
Skylights can leak for a variety of reasons in the winter. Poorly placed flashing can cause moisture to seep into your home, especially after a snow- or rainstorm. Condensation may also contribute to leaky skylights during the colder months.
Preventing skylight leaks must be addressed during the installation as well as through regular inspection and upkeep throughout the year. Your local roofing contractor can offer a professional skylight inspections to ensure your skylight, roof and ceiling are not damaged during the wet winter weather.
1. Skylight Installation
Prevent leaks by making sure your new skylight is installed properly. Skylights should be mounted slightly above the roof rather than flush with the roof to avoid leakage.
2. Skylight Maintenance
Maintenance is a crucial element of keeping skylights leak-free for years to come. Skylights that are already installed on the roof should be cleared of debris, including ice, snow and stray twigs and leaves that may hamper your home’s drainage system (the gutters). Ice dams that build up on the roof can cause leaking into your home, not only through the skylight, but through siding and loose shingles too.
For Service Call Skylight Specialist 631-924-8677

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