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true. They almost all do after a
period of time. But it's not always
the builder's fault; it's the way some of
the most popular skylights are designed.
Most of the
"flush mount" models (mounted directly to
the roof deck with no curb) have a very
small flange around the perimeter of the
unit. The manufacturer's directions
instruct the installer to mount the unit in
a "bed of tar" surrounding the skylight
I can't think of
a worse way to install a skylight!
This method is destined to fail.
think that skylight replacement is the
answer. Sometimes it is; but much of
the time it's not necessary . . . unless the
insulated glass seal has failed or higher
energy efficiency is desired.
So I've devised a
system to completely waterproof these units
-- for the life of the roof! The video
above shows how it works.
expertly cut back the shingles all around
the perimeter of the skylight, inspecting
for underlayment damage as we go,
carefully clean the old tar from the
existing frame. This must be done very
carefully. It's tedious and the
surfaces must be almost perfectly clean.
The next step is
a "trade secret": we install permanently
sticky "ice and water shield" around the
perimeter. This material adheres to
the underlayment forming a completely
waterproof barrier. Nice.
Now for "trade
secret #2": we carefully weave aluminum step
flashing into the shingles and tuck it up
under the frame of the skylight -- then
install a custom made aluminum header
flashing, tucking it up under the frame as
instant, low cost skylight repair that won't
leak and looks great. Plus, no
interior alteration is required!
(That's where most of the unexpected
costs usually occur).
I'll be happy to
personally inspect your leaky skylight to
see if it qualifies for a low-cost permanent
fix; OR you can get an estimate on a
Skylight. Simply fill out the form
below, or call 301-472-4119 and leave me a