Skylights are a great addition to any home, providing natural light and a beautiful view of the sky. However, like any other window, skylights can become damaged over time and need to be replaced or repaired. Knowing the signs that it's time to replace or repair your skylight can help you keep your home in top condition. The most common sign that your skylight needs to be replaced is discoloration.
As a skylight ages, its clarity can be replaced by discoloration, which can be seen on the roof surrounding the skylight. If you notice stains or discoloration on the roof, it's likely time to replace the skylight. In addition, if you notice a cloudy or hazy buildup on the window glass, this could also indicate that it's time for a replacement. If you're renovating your home, it's easy to add skylights to the list and replace them while you have the chance.
Repairs are usually performed in the event of minor leaks, cracks or discoloration. If you notice water damage near the edges of the glass panel, such as damp ceilings, discoloration, bubbles or peeling on the drywall, or even mold growth, then it's likely that your skylight needs to be repaired. If you notice a physical drip coming from above when it's raining, then contact a roofer as soon as possible. Small leaks may mean that the gasket plug needs to be repaired.
The shutter surrounds the window where the skylight meets the roof and is important for eliminating moisture after rain. The general rule is that a skylight lasts 10 years before needing to be replaced. However, if your roof is in good condition and there are no external indications that it's time for a replacement, then you may not need to replace your skylight yet. Knowing when it's time to replace or repair your skylight can help you keep your home in top condition and avoid accidental damage or leaks.
If you notice any of these signs, contact a professional roofer for advice on how best to proceed.