When to Replace a Skylight

With only a few more weeks until the end of August, fall is approaching—which means shorter days. A skylight is a great way to add more natural light to your home and brighten your entire space. But what if your skylight is broken?

skylight-exterior-300x272 Broken skylights not only don’t look good but can also reduce the energy efficiency and overall comfort of your home. If yours needs to be replaced, don’t wait—Shanco can help. We offer skylight replacement in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia and can replace yours.

Do You Have a Broken Skylight?

Sometimes it’s obvious when your skylight is broken and requires a repair or replacement—like a crack—but other times, it’s not as obvious. Common signs that your skylight may need to be replaced include:

  • Bubbling drywall near the skylight
  • Discoloration or staining near the skylight
  • Damp ceilings
  • Excess condensation
  • Drafts
  • Cracks in the plastic or the glass

Common Skylight Problems

Two of the most common skylight problems are leaks and cracks:

Leaks: Skylight leaks are common problems homeowners deal with. Older skylights are especially prone to leaking. Most leaks—about 90 percent, in fact—are caused by a problem with the flashing, the metal piece that sits against the skylight opening and keeps water away. Many leaks also take a while to detect and are only obvious once the drywall around the skylight starts to bubble or buckle.

Cracks: Cracks in your skylight are one of the most visible signs that you need replacement. Unfortunately, they aren’t always easy to prevent—severe weather like hail can cause your skylight to crack. If a crack has caused a leak, it needs to be taken care of right away.

These aren’t the only skylight problems, but they are two of the most frequently experienced ones.

Learn more about signs that you may need to replace your skylight!

Skylight Replacement in MD, DC & VA

If you have a leaking or cracked skylight, or are experiencing any other issues with your skylight, it most likely needs to be replaced. If you live in Maryland, Washington, DC, or Northern Virginia, Shanco can help you with your skylight replacement project. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to talk to one of our professionals about your skylight problem!



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