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Skylights: Repair Vs Replace

Your home's skylight. It promises abundant natural light, a connection to the outdoors, and perhaps a touch of architectural flair. But what happens when that promise fades, replaced by leaks, cracks, or fading efficiency? The decision to repair or replace your skylight becomes significant, impacting both your budget and the comfort of your home.

Reasons to Replace Your Skylight:

Age and Deterioration: Skylights typically last 15-20 years. If yours is older than that, it's more prone to leaks, cracks, and inefficient insulation. Replacing offers a fresh start with updated technology and improved performance.

Major Damage: Cracks, leaks, or significant condensation inside the panes indicate that repairs may not be feasible or long-lasting. Replacing it with a new skylight offers peace of mind and avoids potential water damage in your home.

Energy Inefficiency: Older skylights may lack features like double-paned glass or low-emissivity coatings, making them less energy-efficient. Newer models can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs, justifying the replacement cost.

Upgrade Functionality: If you desire features like ventilation, automatic controls, or different opening mechanisms, replacing with a modern skylight provides these options and enhances your home's comfort and usability.

Aesthetics: An outdated skylight might clash with your home's style. Replacing it with a modern or custom design can elevate the visual appeal of your interior space.

Reasons to Repair Your Skylight:

Minor Damage: Small cracks, scratches, or leaks around the flashing might be repairable by a qualified professional at a fraction of the replacement cost.

Budget Constraints: Replacing a skylight can be expensive, especially for larger or custom-designed models. If you're on a tight budget, repairing existing issues might be a viable temporary solution.

Historical Value: If your skylight is original to your home and holds historical significance, repairing it might be preferable to preserve its character.

Limited Options: In some cases, finding a replacement skylight for an older or unique model might be difficult or costly. Repairing the existing one might be your only realistic option.

Ultimately, the best way to decide is to consult with a qualified roofing professional. Watertight Roofing Services specialists can review the condition of your current skylight, identify any underlying issues, and provide you with an honest assessment of your repair and replacement options. Call us at 813-971-5404.


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