If you have a skylight, you already know that these fixtures are a fantastic way to attract natural light into the top floor of your home. Skylights are one of the most efficient forms of daylighting, and they add a sophisticated touch to any space. Like any other exterior fixture, skylights require occasional maintenance. If you are wondering whether your skylight needs replacing, be on the lookout for the following signs.
Over time, window materials can expand or contract for a variety of reasons. Gradually, spaces in the material open up, eventually causing water and airflow leaks. Skylights are especially vulnerable to leaks because they are located on the roof of a home, leaving them exposed to extreme weather conditions. For this reason, skylights are more prone to moisture-related damage than regular windows. If you notice water pooling underneath your skylight, or other signs of water drippage, it may be time for a replacement.
This may seem like a no-brainer. Your skylight should be intact and free of glass cracks. If there are tall trees on your property, it is possible that branches or other debris have fallen and damaged your skylight over the years. Though larger instances of glass damage should be rather obvious, many homeowners fail to notice the smaller chips and fractures that leave skylight glass more vulnerable to breaking in the first place. Visible cracks and weak points in the glass are obvious signs that it’s time to replace your skylight.
Skylights can be a great source of ventilation in your home, allowing passive cooling and fresh air exchange. However, the seal to your skylight can weaken over time, along with its insulating power. Air leaks can account for lost heat and lead to expensive energy bills. If you are experiencing a draft in the area where your skylight has been installed, consider having it repaired or replaced to save yourself some extra cash in the long run.
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