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Do Skylights Leak? All You Need to Know

So, let’s get straight to the point: do skylights leak? To answer that question, we need to delve a little deeper. 

Whilst earlier iterations of skylights were more susceptible to leaking, because of limited design knowledge, the modern skylight has come a long way. 

Companies such as ourselves, who are at the forefront of the industry, deliver services and products that are far superior to that which was available 10+ years ago. The modern skylight is hugely robust, and combines practicality with design innovation. Our EcoGard Flat Skylight is a perfect example of this. 

Today, we at Lonsdale Metal are exploring whether skylights leak. Additionally, we are going to identify a number of leading leaking skylight causes. We hope that by doing so, you may be able to rectify any challenges you currently face or are better prepared for things going wrong in the future. 

How Often Do Skylights Leak

The answer to this question largely depends on a number of factors. Here at Lonsdale Metal for example, our team has years of design and installation experience. With experience comes efficiency and a portfolio of successful projects. 

Thus, if you were to ask us: do skylights leak? Or, more specifically, do your skylights leak? We would say no. Poor installation is typically responsible for a leaking skylight, and we ensure that our installation team has the necessary tools, training and experience to carry out the job to the highest standard. 

We keep a close eye on our inventory too, and a thorough visual and mechanical inspection is completed prior to any requested installation job. This guarantees that we can deliver the product you ordered in pristine condition.

However, there are rare instances where a job goes wrong. This can occur for a wide variety of reasons. Those include improper installation, product faults and more. Continue below where we identify the leading leaking skylight causes.

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Leaking Skylights Causes

Like any product, there are rare occurrences where faults present themselves. Although we have limited experience with this over our years of trade, we have assisted customers who are experiencing the repercussions of improperly installed skylights. 

At the start of this article, we set out to answer the following: do skylights leak? Whilst a leaking, and thus faulty, skylight is rare in our experience, it can happen. In our years of service, we have identified the following as the leading causes of a leaking skylight:

  • Improper Installation

If you opt to have your skylight installed by a company without proper credentials or a suitable portfolio, you run the risk of experiencing an improper installation. 

Choosing to have work completed by a cheaper company, for example, may seem like a good idea now, but you may haemorrhage money later on if a substandard installation is carried out. 

We would encourage you to select your installation company carefully, and spend time speaking to your chosen installer. Ask them to see a portfolio, read any reviews and make sure they understand your requirements, and the task at hand, properly. 

A skylight installation is a highly technical process, and requires a team of experienced professionals. That’s why we select only the best to complete any installation work. This guarantees fantastic results, and your satisfaction, every time. 

  • Not Correctly Sealed

‘How to seal skylights from leaking’ is a question we often see online. The truth is, sealing your skylight goes hand in hand with the installation process. 

As we stated, fitting a skylight is a technical and arduous process. It should be assigned to a team that knows what they are doing. 

Not correctly sealing the skylight or using ineffective sealant is another common reason for skylight leakages. An experienced team will be able to both identify the correct sealant for the job and seal the unit correctly. This prevents any water dripping through, which could be costly and dangerous if it does happen. 

  • Problems With the Roof

On rare occasions, there may be a problem with the roof itself. There could be an issue with the roof’s flashing, or a range of other problems that are causing an excessive buildup of water. This puts strain on the skylight, which could, potentially, lead to a leak. 

The good news is, our experienced team will be able to identify any issues that may lead to fault. You can visit our about us page, which outlines our credentials in full. In short, helping you with design, technical and installation advice is all part of the service we offer. 

Highest Quality Installation From Industry Experts

Whilst a leaking skylight is far from ideal, it is, thankfully, an extremely rare occurrence. This is especially true if the installation is completed by an experienced team, such as ourselves. 

In our years of trade we have had limited experience with customer dissatisfaction. Our impressive client list and positive portfolio is a testament to our commitment to excellence. 

If you find that you are having problems with an installation, or require an expert team to handle the job thus avoiding improper installation, we can help. We are available to answer any questions you may have. Moreover, we approach every project with the same level of professionalism. 

Contact us today to talk about your next project, however big or small.