Skylights are a wonderful feature in any home because they provide more natural light and make rooms appear larger. What many homeowners forget is that a skylight is essentially another window in your home. Not only are skylights another window, but they’re on your roof and take the largest beating during storms. Therefore, it’s not surprising that you will need to replace them at some point. The problem is that many homeowners don’t know when it’s appropriate to replace their skylights. Luckily, there are several signs that show you need your skylight replaced. Don’t know the signs? No problem—we’ve got you covered in our guide below.
The Age of the Skylight
Unfortunately, most skylights aren’t meant to last forever. In fact, most manufacturers indicate their skylights should last approximately ten years. After ten years, you should replace the skylight. In other words, if you moved into your home ten years ago and haven’t replaced the skylights since, who knows when they were last replaced.
You’re Experiencing Roof Problems
Because skylights are installed on your roof, it shouldn’t be a surprise that your roof plays a major role in determining when to replace the skylights. If your roof is old, worn out, leaking, and clearly showing other signs of wear, your skylights are likely suffering too. In fact, it’s in your best interest to replace your roof while you’re at it.
Stains or Discoloration on Your Ceiling
If your roof is in fine condition, there may not be exterior indications that it’s time to replace your skylight. A common sign it’s time to replace your skylight is stains or discoloration on your ceiling surrounding the skylight. Stains and discoloration usually indicate that moisture is finding a way through the skylight and settling in the drywall. Discoloration is most common in older skylights, which we’ve already determined must be replaced.
Condensation or Cracked Glass
Even if it’s a minuscule crack in the glass, a small crack eventually leads to a larger crack. Not to mention, cracks will certainly cause leaks over time. So, if you notice a crack, it’s best to call NW Home Exteriors sooner rather than later. Another common sign you need your skylight replaced is condensation buildup. Condensation could stem from a number of issues, but it typically indicates a problem with the skylight’s seal.
While many of these signs may not seem like a big deal at first, they’re indications of future problems. If your skylight is leaking, we don’t have to tell you that you need to call someone quick—you already know that. Unfortunately, some people might notice condensation or minor discoloration on their ceiling and think nothing of it, which can lead to detrimental problems.
If you need a skylight replacement in the Lake Oswego and Portland area, you need to call NW Home Exteriors. Our team consists of experienced industry professionals that are capable of replacing or repairing your skylight and roof efficiently and properly the first time. So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today to set up an appointment!