Dealing With Three Common Skylight Problems

Skylights have numerous benefits; they increase natural light, reduce energy consumption, and are visually appealing. However, skylights have some potential problems that you should prepare for if you are planning on installing one. Here are three examples of such potential problems, and how to deal with them:

Effect of Glare on Furniture 

Skylights may be useful for letting in natural light through the roof, but sometimes they let in too much light and cause glare. Too much glare can cause fading in some materials, which may make your furniture and furnishings (such as carpet) age faster than usual.

Here are some effective solutions for skylight glare:

  • Install remote-controlled skylight blinds that you can use to reduce glare when there is too much sunlight.
  • Use glazing with low solar heat gain on the skylight.
  • Install a skylight with a diffusing dome; this sends the light into different directions instead of focusing it on a single place, which reduces its intensity.

Increased Risk of Water Leaks

Roof installations are notorious for causing water leaks, and skylight is not an exception. Use this tips to reduce the risk of leaks:

  • Have a professional contractor install the skylight. This is important because poor skylight installation is a leading cause of water leak. For example, poor workmanship may result in improper sealing of skylight flashing, which leads to leaks.
  • Keep the skylight clean; debris collected around the edges of the skylight will trap moisture and snow to damage the skylight and cause leaks.
  • Choose high-quality skylight designs that are meant to prevent leaks; talk to your contractor for recommendations.

Increased Risk of Ice Dams

The third problem associated with skylights is that of ice dams. This happens if the skylight loses more heat than other parts of the roof. This causes the snow around the skylight melts faster than snow on other parts of the roof. This creates a situation where a pool of water (from the molten snow) surrounded by a wall of ice (on the cooler parts of the roof) stagnate on the roof. Any standing water on the roof increases the risk of water leaks.

These are potential problems, meaning you don't have to experience them. In addition to the above tips, you should be wary of DIY maintenance on the skylight apart from cleaning it. An experienced roofing contractor has dealt with similar problems before and will know how to preempt them.

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