Top 5 Autumn Maintenance Tips for Skylights
A skylight can make for a beautiful addition to your home. It allows you to enjoy stunning natural views of the night sky — or even a warm sunny overhead, from inside your home. And certainly, autumn offers some beautiful sights to be seen through your skylight. However, between the falling leaves and the autumn storms, your skylight’s problems can add up this season. Need some help with the upkeep? Here are a few of our tips:
The surface of your skylight is exposed to the elements, so of course you want to clean it regularly. Try to avoid the hottest, sunniest parts of the day. Morning or early evening is best. Clean the exterior with mild, soapy water and a non-abrasive glass cleaner. Wipe it off immediately with a sponge or a microfiber cloth.
Check for Leaks
Is your skylight leaking? That’s more than just a pesky problem. It could also mean you have issues with a weak roof. Check the skylight to make sure it’s properly sealed. Notice any dripping nearby or signs of water damage in the ceiling nearby? Don’t hesitate to call a roofing professional to inspect and repair the problem…before it gets any worse.
While you’re checking for leaks, take a look at the flashing. Is it coming loose or starting to wear down? Poor flashing will inevitably cause leaks and make your skylight more vulnerable in the meantime. If your flashing is coming apart, make sure to tamp it back down. If it’s flimsy and wearing down, it may be time to call a roofing contractor and replace it with something more secure.
Check for Cracks
With storms come debris, and debris against your skylight with enough impact can cause cracks and breaks. Take a look at the glass of your skylight. Notice any cracks or breaks, even small ones? Even scratches should be taken into account. If you notice small cracks, you may be able to repair them. Large cracks will probably mean replacing the pane.
Can your skylight be opened? It’s probably operated by gears of some kind. Make sure they’re still healthy and haven’t been worn down or stiffened due to the elements. Open and close your skylight. Do you feel more resistance than expected? On the other hand, do you feel too little resistance? If your skylight is snapping shut or is too stuck, you need to repair the mechanics.
Need help with your skylight, or maybe just a high-quality skylight installation? Jancewicz & Son has you covered. Contact us today for more information or a free estimate.