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3 Tips for Installing a Skylight

Skylight InstallationIf you are looking for a way to immediately add space and light into your home, consider installing a skylight. There is a common misconception that installing a skylight means leaks and problems down the road. That is not necessarily true as long as you install it on your roof correctly. Peak Roofing Systems is happy to give you a few easy steps for installing your skylight.

1. Plan Ahead

Before you start construction, make sure that your skylight will meet local codes for load, wind resistance, and other factors. Permits are required for installation, so make sure to check your city’s websites for permit applications well in advance of installing your skylight. If you hire a professional roofing contractor, they will know exactly what to do.

2. Gather Supplies

Never try to install a skylight without having the right supplies. You will need the following supplies:

  • Wood for the frame
  • Drywall
  • Finishing supplies
  • Roofing paper
  • Roofing nails
  • 16d Galvanized nails
  • Step flashing
  • Continuous flashing
  • Circular Saw
  • Hammer
  • Flat pry bar
  • Tin snaps
  • Utility knife

Don’t try and use other tools in place for the ones you need. Not using the right tools is one of the main causes of construction accidents.

3. Seal it Properly

When installing your skylight, you want to ensure that the flashing fits perfectly so there are no gaps. If your flashing is not installed correctly, you are going to experience leaks very quickly. If you have already installed your skylight and you believe you have some leaking occurring, call an experienced roofer right away. Leaking a leaking skylight can cause water damage and dangerous mold growth, leading to a much more costly fix in the future.

For more information regarding skylights or roof leaks, contact the experts at Peak Roofing System. Call 972-731-7663 to make your appointment today!

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