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Skylight Leaking ? 5 Likely issues causing the leak. 

Skylights can add a drape a room with ambiance, adding value to any home. By allowing light to stream from the ceiling, a skylight window brings character no other feature can match.

But there are some potential drawbacks to a skylight. As a projecting roof feature, it is more prone to problems like cracks or leaking than other areas of your roof.

That's not to say a skylight is more trouble than it's worth, but the sometimes harsh weather in Auckland can introduce complications. If you notice your skylight is leaking, it's important to take action.

example of high spec work.
Remarkable work of Auckland Skylights Limited

The likelihood of discovering that your skylight is leaking increases with age. Rain can come in through rusted flashing's or a crack in the glass/dome itself, or, somewhat more likely, it can seep in around the edges of the skylight thanks our intense sun warping timber. Your skylight can even leak when its weather dry!

When Your Skylight Is Leaking In Sunshine, Condensation Could Be Responsible

Humidity in the home can create condensation that drips down the dome/glass of your skylight esp in wet areas or when running your air conditioning to make your home/business comfortable. The clash between indoor & outdoor temperatures creates condensation and harmful mould.

In the event your skylight is leaking in sunshine, this is the most likely issue.

Fortunately, it's straightforward to remedy.

You can install ventilation through Auckland Skylights Limited which extracts moisture from the room and home.

Ventilation in wet areas of the home can be as easy as installing a venting skylight or mechanical vent.

Its a good idea to get your skylight inspected by a Auckland Skylights Limited representative who have experience in providing complete Natural Light Solutions for your home.

Common Fixes When Your Skylight is Leaking

Sometimes the problem is more persistent, and you might notice your skylight is leaking when it rains or only in certain winds, you may even discover leaves on the floor.

Auckland Skylights Limited find Improper skylight installation and/or skylight roof pitch choice is the main cause of skylight leaks. The window that makes up the skylight must be fitted precisely to the opening made for it. If the fitting is not done correctly, you may experience leaks right away. Or they might occur within a few weeks or months when the flashing begins to fail.

Common fixes to look at when your skylight is leaking, after securing the roof from weather. Auckland Skylights Limited can do this for you when they attend your home in emergency situations.

1. Replace the Flashing

Flashing's are metal/lead/concrete mortar installed specifically to prevent projecting roof elements from developing leaks around their sides.

continuos venting skylight is great for  extracting moisture and heat. awesome in rental properties when tenants dont turn on fans in wet areas, helps prevent mould
Fixed Venting Skylight

Quality metal flashing needs to be installed around the skylight to keep it from leaking. Unfortunately, even the best flashing is prone to wear out much sooner than other roofing elements, especially by the beach.

2. Check the Insulation

Without enough insulation – or no insulation at all – warm air will flow up freely from inside the house. When it touches the acrylic dome or pane of glass, condensation can result. Often in homes it is seen by way of single glazed windows in winter crying .In some cases, rain can also infiltrate poorly insulated spaces, destroying more insulation as it leaks through creating the opportunity for mould to grow. Check out Auckland Skylights mechanical ventilation options for the home

3. Pitched Skylight In Low Pitch Roof

A common issue Auckland Skylights Limited find is pitched skylights requiring 15 degree minimum pitch of roof being installed into low pitch roof below 15 degrees. This requires the right type of skylight to be installed into the home.

Auckland Skylights Limited can provide solutions that do not require you to invest in the expensive process of reframing the light well to install a standard off the shelf product including plastering and repainting the ceiling!!!

4. Replace the Weather Seals or Glass

Weather seals provide a waterproof barrier to further support all the elements that keep your roof leak-free. If your skylight is leaking, the weather seals may have aged and peeled thanks to exposure to the intense sun. In some instances the glass may have fogged between the glass like below example from Auckland Skylights Limited inspection visit.

Auckland Skylights Limited vistited a home with fogged glass, we were able to replace the pane of glass
fogged glass

5. Replace the Skylight Itself

Skylight replacement is necessary in any case where there are cracks in the frame, glass or dome. Weathered frame, Cracked glass or dome may be the reason your skylight is leaking if you have had an intense storm. Small hailstones often cause chipping or tear in acrylic domes. Minor damage can grow worse over time, and then one direct hit from a larger stone may cause a crack. Or in the case of domes cracks in storms can grow quickly to cause the dome to be ripped off the roof from intense winds.

If replacing ask about upgrading to a double glazed thermally broken unit

For a trained, experienced set of hands and help when your skylight is leaking, call the team at Auckland Skylights Limited 09 4409820 "Live in Brigther Space"



100 Wairau Road



Tel:    09 440 9820


Alternatively, you can email us here

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