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Common Commercial Roof Skylight Problems and Maintenance

Nov 26

Skylights are a great addition to any commercial building's roof. Skylights are becoming more popular in commercial buildings, as well as libraries, schools, hospitals, and other educational establishments.

Natural light can also have health benefits, as it improves productivity and the health of building occupants. Natural light can reduce symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It does this by increasing the amount of sunlight that is available in the winter and fall months.

Installing a skylight is not as simple as installing any other building component. Learn how to fix common problems with skylights.

Common Skylight Concerns and Issues

The interior of a skylight can collect dirt and dust over time. This is easily fixed. Dirt and dirt can build up over time on the interior of a skylight, which can lead to reduced energy efficiency.

Leakage from the skylight can also cause problems. Skylight leaks can also be found in the curb flashing which seals the skylight to the roofing material, or in the skylight itself.

  • Curb Flashing is Leaking

If a skylight is installed on flat roofing, leakages around curb flashing are more likely. Lack of drainage can lead to ponding around a roof skylight.

  • Breaks and Cracks

Skylights should be constructed from durable materials to withstand the elements. Skylights larger than a standard size are made of laminated safety glass, or fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP), so they will last for many years.

Extreme weather events can sometimes cause skylight panels to become loose. Extreme weather events can sometimes cause skylight panels to be blown away by high winds, such as hurricanes and tornadoes.

Do not wait to repair any skylight problems or leaks. This will lead to an increase in energy loss and higher costs for your building. It is possible to incur more costly repairs if the problem is not detected immediately.

Maintenance of Skylights

To ensure your skylights function as intended, you should have regular roof inspections. Teamwork Exteriors can help extend the life of your skylights and catch any issues before they become major problems.

As water damage can be detected in flashing, your roofing contractor should inspect it for cracking and buckling. Your roofing contractor should inspect the metal frame holding the glass or plastic panels together. The sealant should also be checked. After being exposed to sunlight and rain sealants can crack or become brittle.

The building owner should be aware that condensation can build up in your skylight. If condensation occurs, it is an indication that your skylight is open.

Skylight Installation

Skylights can be more complicated than they seem. Even the most skilled installers can find it difficult to install skylights. There are two types of pre-fabricated options. The other is one that is assembled on the job site.

Pre-built skylights will require a crane for installation. This type of skylight takes less time and is simpler to install.

Your building will determine the performance criteria your skylights need to meet. These criteria include structural integrity, fire resistance, and condensation resistance.

Skylight Safety

To make your roof and skylights as safe as possible, there are several safety precautions that you can take. If you are not qualified, do not allow anyone to climb on your roof. Your roofing company's personnel should have access to your roof. Skylights are dangerous to walk on. Skylights are strong and can withstand extreme weather conditions, but they cannot be rated or tested to impact human health.

It is a smart idea to place guardrails, fencing, or any other protection around the skylights.