Leaking Skylights in Winter: Why Is My Skylight now a Faucet?!

Recently, I heard yet an another case of leaking skylights in winter, so without further ado, I have solutions for you.

Let There Be Light…not Water!

What better way is there to naturally warm a home during the chilly months in Dayton than with Skylights? (Assuming it’s sunny outside, of course.) Capturing the bright sunlight through the roof of your home can lower heating costs and stave off cabin fever. But leaking skylights will negate every positive.

We can’t stress enough the importance of regular inspections throughout the year from a local roofing contractor like us. We ensure your skylight, roof, and ceiling have not been damaged by winter weather.

If you’re beyond this point, however, here’s how you can solve what’s causing the leak.

Locate The Source of the Leak

If the highest point of the stain is at or near the top of your skylight, you may want to have the Van Martin roofing contractor team start by looking at the outside flashing of the skylight. Inclement weather can cause water to rush down the side of the roof at high speeds and may run between the roof’s shingles and the skylight, creating leaks.

A stain at the skylight’s bottom might indicate excess condensation as the problem. Unfortunately, condensation is a natural result of humidity, but proper ventilation techniques can prevent its build up. When too much condensation gets trapped in part of a skylight, it may create leaks.

We can closely inspect the condensation channel – the part of the skylight that is designed to catch any excess condensation and allow it to evaporate back into the air. If this channel becomes damaged or clogged, the resulting build-up of condensation may cause your skylight to leak.

Problems related to excess condensation may be worsened by skylight tunnels because they reduce air flow, which increases humidity. Ensuring your skylight tunnel is well-insulated can dramatically reduce the amount of condensation that builds up in this area.

As Always, if You Need Backup, Our Team at Van Martin Roofing and Windows Is Here to Help

Ultimately, it’s a good idea to seek assistance with skylight installation or repair by contacting Van Martin Roofing at 937-222-7855 or through the Van Martin website. We know where to look to find the source of the leak because Van Martin Roofing is a certified, locally owned roofing contractor with the expertise and experience to handle all of your Dayton, Ohio roofing needs.

We’ll evaluate your skylight and surrounding shingles, and recommend roof leak repairs that will fit your budget and remedy your water problems.