Ensure Skylight Seams and Penetrations are Properly Encapsulated
Not Just an Aesthetic Feature
Skylight Renovations are an Important Part of Roof Care
Skylight renovations are an important part of roof care and maintenance. While skylights are primarily considered for their aesthetic value, these fixtures offer many benefits beyond their appearance and letting in natural light. Over time the material the skylight is made from, and the materials used for sealing them can become worn down by time and weather, including UV rays from the sun, harsh winds, or heavy rain. In these cases, the fixtures need to be repaired or renovated, and doing so can protect your roof and skylight, as well as those inside the building.
Reduce Energy Consumption & Save Money
Benefits of Incorporating Skylight Renovations into Your Building
1. Less energy consumption
It is estimated that commercial and residential lighting is responsible for up to six percent of electricity consumption. With the natural light provided by a skylight, less artificial lighting is needed, which helps reduce utility bills.
2. Money savings
Not only can skylights help commercial building owners save money by reducing their energy consumption, they can also help save on the money and maintenance spent on additional light fixtures. Without the aid of a skylight, a room would need more artificial lighting to provide sufficient illumination for the people using the space. Light fixtures can be expensive to purchase and install and require energy to work, but a skylight becomes largely self-sufficient after installation and does not require an energy supply.
3. Improved well-being for inhabitants
Allowing natural light into a building or workplace can positively impact the inhabitants’ circadian rhythm by reinforcing alert daylight hours, which can in turn yield a more restful sleep pattern at night, improving a person’s well-being. In addition, employees of buildings with skylights often report enjoying a more peaceful atmosphere and an increase in creativity.
Protect Integrity of Your Roof
Advantages of Roofing Company Performing Skylight Installations & Renovations
Skylights are primarily made of glass, leading many building owners to think of calling a commercial glass company for a skylight renovation or installation. And while these companies may be qualified to do so, choosing a knowledgeable roofing company is the better option as skylights are incorporated into the roof structure.
Although a skylight is a fixture made up of different materials than its surroundings, the quality of the material that is used, the method for installation, and the impact on the area around it can impact the overall function and integrity of a roof.
During skylight renovations or installation, if part of the roof is discovered to have become compromised, a commercial roofing company is best suited to evaluate and rectify the situation expediently. By working with a roofing contractor, clients have a one stop shop for skylight renovations and roofing issues.
Goal to Eliminate Easy Entry Points for Water
Process for Skylight Renovations
If an existing skylight is in place and is either leaking or otherwise compromised, a thorough inspection will be performed to determine weak and failing spots and any cause-and-effect situations. The goal is to ensure that skylight seams and penetrations are properly encapsulated to eliminate easy entry points for water.
While every job and structure can be different, skylight renovations generally follow the below protocol:
Setting the safety guidelines for employees for the duration of the project
Removing hazardous or loose materials from prior repair attempts
Removing broken, ineffective, or compromised skylights
Installing (as needed) self-flashing skylights
Sealing new installations with high quality materials such as Acrylic Mastic and polyester fabric
Following recommended manufacturer’s instructions and details to comply with any warranty
Cleaning up loose and discarded materials and tools