Skylights: Installation and Repair

By August 3, 2019News
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Are you interested in skylights with your new roof? Get a skylight consult from us today!


Skylights can be expensive and homeowners always ask if they really need a new skylight with their new roof. Can’t they just leave in the existing skylight, if it’s not leaking? Well the answer to that question is complex.

If the skylight is younger than 7 years, then we would recommend new skylight flashing kit and not a new skylight unit. A new skylight flashing kit will ensure that the skylight is properly sealed when installing your new roof.

Skipping this step when re-sealing can compromise the work because the existing skylight flashing may have cracks, punctures or leaks.

A skylight that is over 10 years old should always be replaced when installing a new roof. A skylight only has a warranty of 12 years and after that warranty period has ended the skylight area can become a hazard and a water entry point or leak spot.

The costs to have the skylights installed or replaced at a later time would be greater than the cost to have the skylight installed with your new roof installation. If a roofing contractor is contacted to work on your skylights, they will factor in the skylight cost, the labor and the material to reinstall new roofing shingles in that area.

Lastly, if your contractor has told you not to get new skylights, beware, this is a red flag! Any good roofing contractor would address all aspect of the roof, not just the roofing shingles. The roofing contractor should be replacing and installing all new components of the roof, including: skylights, pipe boot flashings, step flashings, bathroom vents, roof vents, chimney lead flashing and other components as needed.

Next time you replace your roof, think about your skylights and take not only our word, but also that of Velux Skylights USA, who produced the following video:


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