Skylights are a beautiful way to bring the elements of the outdoors into your home. Portland homeowners can enjoy views of the tall trees or beautiful skyline through their skylight, all while enjoying streams of natural light.
Unfortunately, skylights can also introduce damage into your home if they are not installed and maintained properly. Even a skylight that is properly installed will sustain normal wear and tear from outside elements. This could cause leaks in your roof and costly repairs.
If your Portland home has a skylight, it’s important to know the risks involved and how to prevent major damage to yourself and your stuff.
Does Every Skylight Leak?
Not every skylight will leak right away, although that does happen. If your skylight was produced or installed poorly, it’s likely that you’ll see water damage on your roof after the first rainfall. A high-quality skylight that is professionally installed will cut down your risk for a leaking roof.
However, if you neglect to take care of your skylight (and the state of your roof in general), it will probably leak after enough time. The seals of your skylight are just like any window — with enough exposure to weather and natural elements, they will deteriorate.
When the seals of a skylight are bad, the only option is to replace the skylight top. It’s a good idea to use a professional service when replacing the top to ensure all the seals are replaced properly. The team at Roof Life of Oregon will also install a weatherstrip. This extra step will help regulate the temperature in your home during the hot summer months and the cold winter months.
If you’re looking to fix a bad installation, the best bet is to re-flash the curb into the roof correctly with top pan metal, sidestep flashings, and bottom pan metal. Simply caulking the seals is not enough to be a long-term solution, especially for Portland homeowners who need protection against the elements. To avoid expensive fixes, it’s best to routinely check your roof and skylights every five years. With a scheduled maintenance check, you’ll see the warning signs of any damage before it turns into an emergency repair.
Roof Skylight Installation and Repair
At Roof Life of Oregon, the quality of your experience is our top priority. We want to provide expert service that you can trust year after year. When we started to see the groups of Portland homeowners who needed help with their skylights, we made sure to get the proper training to become the experts we are today.
We’ve designed our skylight installation and replacement process to be as simple as possible so that it doesn’t interfere with your daily routine. Whether we are replacing an existing skylight or installing a brand new one, the details are the most important part of our process. The trim and flashing are particularly important to avoid damage or other issues in the future. No matter what you need, our team can help you every step of the way.
Skylight Maintenance in Portland, Oregon
Your skylight is a small part of your roof. When we think about providing you unparalleled service, we are talking about your entire roof. Regular maintenance checks on your roof will keep your skylight working properly plus keep your roof in the best shape possible.
Not only will we inspect your roof for damage, but we’ll do the dirty work of keeping it clean and free of debris. Everything from pressure washing to moss and algae treatment can be done by our team. Plus, if you use Roof Life of Oregon for your roof repairs or replacements, we offer a 5-year guarantee. That means if anything happens to your roof within 5 years of your repair, we’ll come back to fix the problem for free. We believe in the quality and longevity of our work and we have a certification to prove it.
Learn more by scheduling a maintenance check. We’ll take a look at your skylight and any other problem areas that you’re concerned about. Give us a call today.
A final advantage of working with Roof Life of Oregon is our skylight recycling program. Like many residents of Portland, we believe in conservation and reducing our environmental impact as much as possible. One way we do that is by recycling all the used skylights we replace. 100% of the proceeds we collect from recycling the metals in skylights are donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
When you choose Roof Life of Oregon, you’re not only choosing expert, friendly, professional service, but you’re also giving back to the community and the future. There is no other roofing company that provides a complete experience as we do.
To learn more or schedule your first appointment call us today. We are available to take your call and give you the answers you need for your skylight and roof project.