Winter is a tough time for skylights. They bring gorgeous, much-needed daylight into your home and supplement the heating system during the winter months. This can provide a nice drop in your heating bill, but while skylights are providing these great benefits they are under quite a bit of strain from the outside elements. Heavy snow, ice and tree debris can build up, testing your skylights’ fortitude and the efficacy of the installation process. When they aren’t up to the challenge, all those heating and lighting benefits are negated with nasty leaks. When this happens it’s time to contact an expert in roofing. Kanata has some great options to choose from. So what can you do to prevent that drippy situation? Here are some tips.
Install them properly.
Be vigilant throughout the installation process. Skylights should be mounted above the roof rather than level with the roof. Window panels should be carefully placed on top of the mounting structure – a wooden box-like item called a curb. They are reinforced with under lament and flashing to provide weatherproofing protection. Leak-proof skylights depend on the under lament and flashing being installed to the letter, which is where Ottawa roof repair experts can help.
Maintain them diligently.
You just can’t install them and forget them. For leak-free skylights that will last for years to come, don’t skimp on the maintenance. In fall and winter it’s particularly important to ensure that debris is being cleared regularly from the skylight. Leaves, twigs, ice and snow not only lay heavily on the glass. They can also clog your roof’s drainage system putting extra strain on the skylight and causing leaks. Paying careful attention to your eaves system will prevent leaks elsewhere on your roof as well.
If the leaking moisture is not coming through the roof, it’s coming from condensation. Condensation is most commonly caused by poor ventilation in the attic or top floor of your house. When improper ventilation is combined with moisture or heat-causing processes it can cause moisture to catch in the skylight frame. This causes leakage and rot, two things you most certainly want to avoid. Simple solutions are to ensure proper ventilation in your attic or roof, and install a humidifier in the affected area.
If you are concerned about your skylights or want to ensure they are installed correctly from the get-go, call an Ottawa roofing repair service. Getting experts on the job is one of the most stress-free ways to guarantee your roofing needs are serviced safely and efficiently.