The spring housing market has sprung! If you’re looking for a new home, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the details to consider. If the home you’re interested in has skylights, it’s important to find out their condition before you buy.
Here’s a checklist to help you find out the condition of the skylights and if it might be more costly than usual to replace them, if necessary.
- Perhaps most important, look for signs of past water damage or discoloration on the frame and the ceiling around the skylights. This is a sure sign that the skylights will need repair or replacement, if the work has not already been done.
- Find out how old the skylights are: skylights usually don’t last more than thirty years, less if they are not high quality.
- Are they plastic bubbles or flat glass? If they are dual-paned, lowe3, tempered glass they will be more energy efficient.
- Are the skylights operable? If so, do they open and close properly?
- What size are the skylights? If they are unusually large (over four feet in both dimensions or over six feet in one dimension) or unusually shaped, they will be expensive to replace, and it may even be difficult to find someone who can or will replace them.
- How steep is the roof and what is the roof material? It is more difficult, and so more costly, to replace skylights on especially steep roofs and roofs that are a material other than composition shingle.
Clockwise from top left: Example of a Composition Shingle Roof; a Curved Tile Roof; a Standing Seam Metal Roof; and an unusually Steep Roof.
Mother nature sometimes lets us know when we’ve been neglecting a project by making it impossible to put the project off any longer. This happened to a homeowner recently when their old acrylic dome skylight was blown right off the roof during a storm.
The old, inefficient plastic skylight was due for replacing anyway. Before another storm could hit, we installed a new, energy efficient, flat glass VELUX Fixed Curb Mount 2×4 skylight. Well secured and durable enough to make it safely through the toughest storms, this homeowner is ready to weather many more winters.
We recommend replacing your old skylight before mother nature begins the work for you. If you’re not sure how much life your skylight has left, whether it’s in danger of leaking, cracking, or being blown away, you can schedule a performance check-up with Naturalight Solar by calling our office at 707-527-5330 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.