Letting in the Light: The Importance of Skylight Maintenance in Commercial Roof Repair

Introduction: Skylights are a popular feature in commercial buildings, allowing natural light to flood interior spaces and creating a bright and inviting atmosphere for occupants. However, skylights are also vulnerable areas of the roof that require regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance and prevent leaks, drafts, and damage. In this guide, we’ll explore the essential role of skylight maintenance in commercial roof repair and how proactive maintenance can prolong the life of your skylights and protect your building’s interior.

Preventing Water Intrusion:

  1. Skylights are prone to water intrusion if not properly maintained, leading to leaks and water damage within the building. Regular skylight maintenance involves inspecting the seals, flashing, and surrounding roofing materials for signs of wear, deterioration, or damage. Seal any cracks, gaps, or openings with waterproof sealants and repair or replace damaged flashing to prevent water from seeping into the building through the skylight.

Ensuring Proper Insulation and Energy Efficiency:

  1. If not properly insulated or sealed, skylights can contribute to heat gain and loss. During skylight maintenance, check the insulation around the skylight frame and ensure it is sufficient to prevent thermal bridging and energy loss. Consider installing insulated glazing or low-emissivity coatings on the skylight glass to improve energy efficiency and reduce heating and cooling costs.

Cleaning and Clearing Debris:

  1. Over time, skylights can accumulate dirt, debris, and organic matter, such as leaves, twigs, and bird droppings, which can obstruct light transmission and compromise the aesthetic appeal of the skylight. Regular cleaning and clearing of debris are essential for maintaining the clarity and functionality of skylights. Use gentle cleaning solutions and soft brushes to remove dirt and grime from the skylight surface and ensure that drainage channels are clear to prevent water pooling and potential leaks.

Inspecting for Damage and Wear:

  1. Skylights are exposed to the elements and can suffer damage from severe weather, UV exposure, and age-related wear and tear. During skylight maintenance, inspect the glass, frames, seals, and hardware for signs of damage, deterioration, or corrosion. Look for cracks, chips, scratches, or discolouration in the glass, and check the integrity of the frame and seals for any gaps or weaknesses. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage and ensure the continued functionality of the skylight.

Professional Inspection and Repair:

  1. While some aspects of skylight maintenance can be performed by building maintenance staff, scheduling regular inspections and repairs by qualified roofing professionals is essential. Roofing experts have the knowledge, experience, and specialised equipment to thoroughly assess skylight conditions and identify any underlying issues that may require attention. Professional roofers can also perform repairs, replacements, or upgrades as needed to ensure skylight safety, performance, and longevity in commercial roofing systems.

Conclusion: Skylights play a vital role in commercial buildings, providing natural light, enhancing interior aesthetics, and contributing to occupant comfort and well-being. By prioritising skylight maintenance as part of your commercial roof repair regimen, you can prevent water intrusion, ensure proper insulation and energy efficiency, clean and clear debris, inspect for damage and wear, and schedule professional inspections and repairs. With proactive maintenance, you can prolong the life of your skylights, protect your building’s interior, and enjoy the benefits of natural light for years to come.

This is a photo of a completed new hip roof installed by WBN Roofing Rossington. The photo shows a side elevation, and grey tiles have been used.

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