Why is my skylight leaking?

Published On: Jul 19 2012 03:44:18 PM EDT
Updated On: Oct 15 2012 02:25:55 PM EDT

A skylight is designed to fill your home with sun, but certainly not the rain. A skylight can be a beautiful addition to any home. Some people get depressed without sunlight and, for those who fit that description; a skylight can help to make the home bright and cheery. Unfortunately, nothing is perfect and even skylights can develop structural problems. But, don’t fret - there are ways to get more sunlight, and less rainfall, beaming back into your home. If you need to find out why a skylight is leaking, there are various reasons. Your skylight may not be completely closed or the weather seals may be damaged. Leaks often occur with skylights that are located in very high ceilings, which can cause difficulties in confirming whether the skylight is completely closed. Always remember to make sure the skylight is completely closed before deciding that the rain is coming from a more serious situation, such as a leak.

Reasons why your skylight maybe leaking
Homeowners who live in North Florida know that harsh weather, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, hail and heavy winds may cause leaky skylights for reasons that are obvious. Even debris hitting the skylight can cause damage and should be of major concern to you.
A leak may also be caused by faulty skylight installation, damaged caulking, and damaged flashing near the skylight, leaks from other parts of the home, faulty or damaged roof shingles or even improper repairs. If a leak starts from another part of the roof, it may make its way to the skylight and find an opening into your home. If there are no obvious signs of skylight damage, consider the possibility that the problem is actually located at another part of the roof. Check for any signs of damage or change. If something doesn’t look right, check it out. Anything that could damage any part of the roof, including debris, heavy rain or other mishaps, could be what’s causing your problem.

Call In the Professionals
Any kind of leak, including one from your skylight, is a major problem and requires immediate attention. Not only can a continued leak cause damage to the structure of the roof, but excessive water can ruin the contents of your home. A roofing professional will be able to explain why a skylight is leaking and also help with its repair. Working on a roof, especially when wet, can be very dangerous. So, leave it to the professionals to inspect for damage. The same goes for the actual repairs and is always best to leave those to a professional roofing contractor.

Information provided by: River City Roofing

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