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Letting the Light In – Simple Tips for Maintaining Skylights

Skylights are a smart addition to any home, providing an abundance of beautiful natural light, increased energy efficiency, and a touch of architectural elegance. However, like many other features of your home, skylights require a little maintenance to ensure they continue to brighten up your space. As a trusted, local skylight supplier and installer, Calidad Industries have been providing Perth homes and businesses with high-quality natural lighting and venting solutions for over 30 years. Here we will reveal some simple tips for maintaining skylights, so that you can enjoy the benefits they provide for many years to come.

Regular Cleaning

Just like windows, skylights and sky windows can accumulate dirt, dust, and grime over time. Regular cleaning is essential to maintain their clarity and ensure maximum light penetration. Cleaning your skylights can be a breeze with the right tools and techniques.

  • Use a long-handled squeegee and a soft, non-abrasive cloth or sponge.
  • Avoid abrasive cleaners or materials that could scratch the dome or glass.
  • Clean both the interior and exterior of the skylight for a complete shine.

Inspect Seals and Flashing

Carefully check the seals and flashing around your skylight for signs of wear or damage. Proper sealing is essential to prevent leaks and maintain energy efficiency so look out for any cracks, gaps, or areas where the sealant may have deteriorated. If you notice any issues, promptly reseal, or repair the affected areas to prevent water infiltration. For more complex issues, or if you aren’t confident to check and repair the seals yourself, consider consulting a professional skylight provider.

Clear Debris from Surrounding Areas

Tree leaves, and other debris can accumulate on your roof, around the skylight, and in the gutters. This debris can block drainage and cause water to pool around your skylight, increasing the risk of leaks. Regularly clean your gutters and roof to prevent buildup of leaves and other waste and while doing this ensure that all debris around and beneath the skylight flashing or roof tiles is removed at the same time. Trim overhanging tree branches to minimise the amount of leaves falling onto your roof.

Check for Condensation

Condensation can occur on skylights, particularly in colder weather. While some condensation is normal, excessive moisture can indicate insulation or ventilation issues around the skylight.

  • Ensure your skylight is properly insulated and ventilated to minimise condensation.
  • Periodically check for signs of water damage or mould growth on the surrounding ceiling and address any issues promptly.

If you discover any ventilation issues, Calidad Industries can help by providing a range of possible solutions.

Schedule Professional Inspections

It’s a good idea to have a professional skylight installer inspect your skylights, especially if you have a complex or custom skylight system. Skylight specialists can identify issues that may not be immediately visible and recommend appropriate repairs or maintenance before they become major problems.

Maintaining skylights doesn’t have to be a complicated or time-consuming task. Regular cleaning, inspections, and a few preventative measures, will keep your skylights in excellent condition, allowing them to continue flooding your home with loads of natural sunlight.

Considering A Skylight, Roof Window, Or Ventilation System?

Get in touch with the friendly staff at Calidad Industries today. We are passionate about providing viable and environmentally friendly products that enhance light and airflow. Browse our range online now or call 08 9302 6622 to discuss your needs with us.

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