Having a skylight in the roof of your home gives you plenty of natural sunlight during the day and can provide spectacular views of the sky at night. Like your roof, skylights don't last forever, and you'll likely reach a point at which it's time to hire a roofing contractor to repair or replace the skylight before it begins to significantly leak and cause water damage to your home. It's a good idea to brush up on the various signs that indicate the need to hire a professional to look at the skylight. Here are some things to watch for.
Constant Fogging Between The Panes Of Glass
It's normal for your skylights to occasionally get fogged up in humid temperatures or when the temperature inside your home is dramatically different than outside, but you should be concerned if the skylight constantly appears foggy or seems to have small droplets of water between the two panes of glass. This suggests that the seals in the skylight have lost their integrity, which is an early warning sign that the skylight will need to be replaced before long.
Dark Spots On Your Ceiling
You should be immediately concerned and get a roofing contractor on the phone right away if you begin to notice dark spots on the ceiling around the skylight. These marks are typically an indicator that there's a leak around the skylight, and that water has soaked through the roof and has damaged the ceiling drywall. Left unattended, this problem will only get worse, which will cost you more whenever you do hire someone to deal with the issue. Additionally, the dampness in your ceiling can promote the growth of mildew and mold, which is a serious concern to the health of your family members — especially if someone has breathing challenges such as asthma.
A Dramatic Change In Your Heating/Cooling Bill
Another way to detect a likely issue with your skylight doesn't involve inspecting the skylight at all. Instead, you'll just need to check your heating or cooling bill. You should generally have an idea of how much energy you're using each month to heat or cool your home, but if this number is dramatically higher than expected, it's a sign of an efficiency problem. If the skylight is leaking, this can mean that the hot or cool air inside your home is escaping. Hire a roofing contractor to inspect the skylight and take the necessary actions if it's the issue.