Should I replace my skylights?

Velux Roof Skylight Replacement Guide:

Should I Replace My Velux Roof Skylight?

The first thing you need to consider before deciding whether or not to replace your skylight with a new one is if you have any other options available. With all the new technology available you can find a lot of energy efficient windows these days that allow in plenty of natural light while still blocking out the sun’s harmful UV rays and keeping your home cool. While it is true that you will still have to clean your windows from time to time, the hassle of repairing or replacing your old skylights just isn’t really worth it.

Now, let’s assume you’ve already considered the option of getting new energy efficient windows installed and it just isn’t an option for whatever reason (perhaps you own your home and the new windows just aren’t in the budget, or maybe your home isn’t positioned in such a way that allows for it). This means that you are now left with two options, repairing the old skylight or replacing it with a new one.

Repairing your Old Roof Skylight

Since the roof skylight is a part of your roof, repairing it is a lot different than repairing any other type of skylight. The first thing you’ll have to do is to remove the old skylight and then set up a ladder so you can get to the leak. Chances are the leak isn’t actually coming from the skylight itself but somewhere else on the roof.

This means that fixing the roof is a lot more involved than just patching up your skylight. Here is what you need to do:

First you need to remove the shingles where the leaking is occurring and then you need to find the source of the leak. In some cases this means removing more shingles but in other cases you might find that there is something else going on like broken or split shingles, a cracked tile, or some other issue. Once you’ve determined the cause of the leak, you can begin to fix it by applying sealant or a new layer of roofing material.

Usually just fixing the roof in this way will solve any leaking issues you were experiencing before, but there is a chance that the new roof you just installed is not sealed properly or there is another underlying issue. If this is the case, your only option is to completely remove and replace the roof.

When it comes to repairing or replacing your roof skylight, you have a few options. You can either try to fix the old one or you can replace it with a new one. If it seems like a lot of work for a skylight that is old and doesn’t really serve much of a purpose, you might want to replace it with a new one.

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Of course you can always just fix the roof and leave the old skylight in place if you don’t want to go through the hassle of installing a new one.

Installing a new roof skylight

When it comes to the installation of a new roof skylight, you have a few different options. For one, you can hire a professional to do the work for you if you don’t feel like dealing with the mess or you aren’t really sure about your skills with this type of thing.

Another option is to purchase a do it yourself kit for your particular roof type or you can even buy an all in one skylight kit that comes with specialized tools to make the job easier. If you do go this route, make sure that you read the instructions several times before beginning the installation process.

A third option is to go back to your original skylight supplier. Ask them to send out a professional to do the work for you, but to save you time, we suggest just calling a professional skylight installer directly. You can find listings for these types of companies in the yellow pages or online.

Keep in mind that if you are installing the skylight yourself, you will save a lot of money. The materials alone for installing a new roof skylight can cost you several hundred dollars and if you’re paying a professional to do the work, you may have to fork over more than a grand. That is unless you find someone who is willing to barter their services, which is becoming more common nowadays.

Regardless of what you decide to do, fixing your roof skylight is a fairly easy job. Just make sure that you’re doing the job safely and that you’re putting in enough time to do the job right. You don’t want to be up there half the day just to realize that you’re not going to get the job done.

And with that said, good luck and happy roofing!

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