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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:40 PM

Skylights can be an excellent source of natural heat in the chilly winters. Letting in bright sunlight through the roof of your home not only shaves a few dollars off of your heating bill, but can help keep the winter blues away when the days are short. However, a leaking skylight negates these valuable benefits.
Winter Skylight Problems: Preventing Leaks
Skylights can leak for a variety of reasons in the winter. Poorly placed flashing can cause moisture to seep into your home, especially after a snow- or rainstorm. Condensation may also contribute to leaky skylights during the colder months.
Preventing skylight leaks must be addressed during the installation as well as through regular inspection and upkeep throughout the year. Your local roofing contractor can offer a professional skylight inspections to ensure your skylight, roof and ceiling are not damaged during the wet winter weather.
1. Skylight Installation
Prevent leaks by making sure your new skylight is installed properly. Skylights should be mounted slightly above the roof rather than flush with the roof to avoid leakage.
2. Skylight Maintenance
Maintenance is a crucial element of keeping skylights leak-free for years to come. Skylights that are already installed on the roof should be cleared of debris, including ice, snow and stray twigs and leaves that may hamper your home’s drainage system (the gutters). Ice dams that build up on the roof can cause leaking into your home, not only through the skylight, but through siding and loose shingles too.
3. Attic Ventilation
Finally, address leakage stemming from condensation to prevent moisture from coming into your home even during the dry, cold snap of winter. Inadequate ventilation in your attic or uppermost floor of your home combined with normal household duties like running the clothes dryer or shower can create condensation that gets caught in the skylight frame. To prevent this problem, install a ventilation system in your attic or on the roof—or run a dehumidifier to dry the air.
If you are worried about a potential skylight leak, contact CRS Roofing. We are a full service roofing contractor with over 30 years of experience and a track record of satisfied customers. We will evaluate your skylight and surrounding shingles, and recommend needed repairs.
Call CRS at 631-831-8521
http://www.commericalroofingny.com

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