Skylights Are A Common Source Of Home Roof Leaks

ZEO Roofing was called in to repair a leak from a skylight in Glencoe, IL. Upon inspection, we determined the seals on the skylight glass were damaged and caused the leak. Condensation formed around the broken seals and eventually water began leaking in to the home’s attic and then into the interior walls. Eventually there was extensive damage to both drywall and insulation from the roof leak.

Drywall Damage from Leaking Skylight by ZEO Roofing

Drywall Damage from Leaking Skylight

Repairs included replacement of the entire skylight. To do the job correctly, we removed surrounding roof shingles so we could properly install the new skylight and flashing as well as replace the shingles. It is most common to remove shingles within 12 to 18 inches of the entire perimeter of the skylight. All roofing paper and any debris is also remove prior to installing the new skylight, roof (tar) paper, flashing, shingles and caulk.

Once the cause of the roof leak was removed, we could move on and repair the interior drywall damage. The picture to the left shows the extent of damaged drywall and insulation in the skylight shaft resulting from the roof leak. All of the water-logged insulation and drywall needed to be removed and replaced. We installed new insulation and drywall, taped and added mud. Then we sanded, primed and painted the drywall.

Drywall Repair from Leaking Skylight by ZEO Roofing

Drywall Repair from Leaking Skylight

The work being done to complete the new drywall installation on the water damaged skylight shaft is pictured on the right.

Skylights can be a great addition to your house but they are one of the areas most prone to leakage from your residential roof and subsequent water damage to drywall and possessions. In the Chicago area, with our often times extreme seasonal changes in weather conditions, some routine condensation from skylights can be normal. This most likely occurs when there are extreme temperature variations between the outside and inside of your home. It is most common in damp areas such as bathrooms and kitchens as well.

One of the most common cause of home leakage is through the flashing surrounding the skylights. You definitely have a problem once water moisture starts seeping through flashing or skylight seals, especially on older roofs and single pane or improperly installed skylights. A roof inspection is required in addition to inspecting the interior of your residence to determine the extent of the damage.

At first sign on water leaks near and around your skylight, do not hesitate in calling ZEO Roofing for an inspection and professional repairs. This could head off extensive major repairs later on. Call ZEO Roofing today at 224-400-9500 for a free roofing inspection*.

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