Rainfall is up in Atlanta this winter and having an issue with a leaking skylight can cause major damage to your roof, ceiling, and home’s structure and belongings. If you notice your skylight leaks when it rains, your skylight may be improperly installed. With heavy rainfall, water collects on top of the skylight. If your skylight is damaged or has a faulty seal between the roof flashing and the roof, it may expose the inside of your home to water.
Where is the Skylight Leaking?
The repair all depends on the location of the leak. Look for the water source and determine whether the leak is coming from:
- Roof flashing and roof
- Skylight lens
- Metal flashing around the skylight frame
How to Fix a Leaking Skylight:
#1 Clean your skylights to remove any dirt and debris.
To do this, lift up the roof shingles to brush out any build-up of debris.
#2 Is your skylight leaking or is it just condensation?
Determine if your skylight has condensation or it is leaking. Is your skylight located in a room that’s prone to condensation, such as in a bathroom, kitchen, or greenhouse? A humid room can cause moisture to drip onto your skylight. Condensation can be easily confused for a leak. In addition, condensation is a sign of improper ventilation. If you are unsure if you have a leaking skylight or condensation, read our blog here.
#3 Find the source of the skylight leak.
Carefully examine the skylight’s exterior. Check for gaps and holes in the skylight or flashing.
#4 Check that your skylight’s flashing is installed properly.
If you tried steps 1-4 with no luck and are still unsure where your skylight is leaking, lightly run a garden hose across the skylight.
If you still cannot find any gaps or holes but it’s still leaking, there may be an unrelated roof leak by the skylight. It’s best to call a skylight contractor to properly identify the leak and fix it.
#5 If you find a gap or hole in your skylight, do this:
Use a silicone caulking gun to fill gaps between the roof flashing. Check the area between the skylight glass and the frame. If you see any leaking signs, seal the gap with the silicone caulk.
Leaking Skylight Repair
Follow these tips for how to fix a leaking skylight. If you suspect you have a faulty skylight and you are unsure what the next steps are, it’s important to call a skylight contractor to assess the issue. Call the professionals at Atlanta Skylights for quality service.
We provide skylight repair, glass replacement, and sealing services for the North Atlanta area. If you are interested in having a skylight repaired then you have come to the right place. We can help out with all of your skylight repair needs with licensed professionals at a reasonable price. Call (678) 896-1082 or Contact us today about all of your skylight repair needs and we will be happy to assist.