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How to Avoid Leaking Skylights in the Winter

November 6, 2019

Winter is coming which means the rain and colder temperatures will be upon us in no time! If you haven’t already, now is the right time to winterize your roof and get a roof inspection. This will ensure your home protects you and your family through the next few months without any problems! IBEX Roof is here for our customers all year round, but it’s always less stressful for homeowners to get minor repairs fixed so they aren’t stuck with an emergency roofing situation later on. One of these potential emergencies may be leaking skylights in the winter.

What Causes Skylights to Leak

Skylights are a great source of extra light and can also add value to your home, but there’s a common misconception that all skylights leak. When installed properly, however, you shouldn’t experience any problems. And just like any other part of the home, they need to be properly maintained over time.

The most common reasons why skylights start to leak include:

  • Damaged flashing
  • Roof damage around the skylight frame
  • Condensation issues from poor ventilation

While these issues are not difficult to get repaired, it can lead to other problems when not addressed right away. And the best way to avoid further roof damage is to be proactive and routinely inspect and maintain your skylights.

Maintaining Your Skylights

Proper skylight maintenance starts with keeping your skylights clean of dust and debris. Although skylights look like windows on your roof, they are not always made of glass and you should not clean them with regular window cleaner. The safest way to clean your skylights is with a long-handled dry mop to remove dust. If there is hardened debris, you can use a damp cloth with some mild dish soap. Always take the proper safety precautions when using a ladder inside your home. Or, if your skylights are out of reach, call a professional roofer to clean your skylights for you.

The second step to maintaining your skylights is to make sure all the parts are in working order. A skylight inspection will:

  • Check for leaks around the frame
  • Look for scratches or cracks on the window
  • Ensure the gears are not jammed
  • If applicable, test the motor to see if it runs smoothly

A simple inspection is all it takes to avoid leaking skylights in the winter; even if you find there are no repairs necessary, you’ll have peace of mind through the holiday season!

Get an Inspection Today

Prevent leaking skylights in the winter by scheduling an inspection today! In addition to skylights, IBEX Roof also specializes in roof repair and gutter systems. Our number one priority is to ensure our customers’ roofs last a long time and we never upsell our services. Give us a call today at our Vancouver location (360-218-3194) or Lacey location (360-352-1885) to get a free estimate or schedule an appointment!

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