General Roofing Systems Canada installs and repairs skylights throughout Canada. Toronto, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Banff, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler and points between.
Skylight repair and installation is a trade in and of itself. One of the most common calls that our call center receives is the “my skylight is leaking” call or the “I hired them to install my skylight and this went wrong, and now my skylight leaks.”
Repairs and Installation – Who Do You Hire?
Our recommendation for skylight repairs and installations is to hire a repair company that has roofers who also know, and are experienced in, skylight repairs and installations. The reason is that skylights are installed on a roof – more specifically, they are typically installed on a roof curb (the skylight is mounted to the curb), and the roof curb has special flashing designed for around it and/or the skylight, with the roof curb being attached to the roof system. After all that, the roof curb (if required), the skylight flashing, and the roof membrane must all be installed properly so that your home or business does not have a skylight leak or a roof leak. We continually recommend an expert roofer that is also an expert skylight installer to be the best skylight repair and installation technician you can get.
The Cause of Skylight Leaks
Skylight repairs are more difficult at times than our roof membrane repairs – tricky to say the least. The following are some of the causes of skylight leaking which need repair:
- Leaking due to flashing failure/flat roof membrane repairs.
The skylight flashing installation is typically the cause for a skylight leak. Repairing skylight flashing can be challenging. The skylight flashing may be a special order, or the skylight flashing will likely be apart of the roof membrane. In the case of commercial skylight repair or residential homes with flat roof skylights that are leaking, this can become more of a challenge. If the skylight leak is on a flat roof installed skylight, you may need a certified SBS modified torching roofer to deal with the skylight flashing and the roof membrane, or in the case of TPO, EPDM, PVC, or even tar and gravel roofing scenarios, quite often you will need a specialized roofer and the skylight repair coordinated in one job.
- Leaking caused by roof membrane failure at penetration.
Roof membranes break down over time. Your skylight may be leaking because your roof membrane was either installed incorrectly or it is simply breaking down from age. Nonetheless, you will need a specialized roofer to repair the roof membrane. The shingles or flat roof membrane will require the right roofer with the right skills for the repair.
- Leaks caused from failure.
Skylights, like everything else, age and break down. It may be that some caulking repair is required at the skylight, or the flashing needs repair, or the curb has rotted and needs replacing. Typically, if age is the cause of the leaks, with advancements in technology, you are better served replacing your skylight versus repairing it.
- Leak caused from condensation.
Skylights were not made like they are now say… twenty years ago. New skylight technology deals with most condensation issues and there are less repairs needed as a result. However, not even the best system can stop condensation from affecting it if your attic ventilation is incorrect or something else is causing your house or attic to not vent correctly. Condensation in your attic space, home or business can be complicated to repair. It can be similar to a wiring issue in a car: frustrating.
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