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Winterizing Your Skylights

Posted: Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 | Filed under: Home Improvement, Shading systems, Skylights, window treatments
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Winterizing Your Skylights is Important

Winterizing Your Skylights is Important

In the warm weather, all of the beautiful sunlight streaming through your skylights can make winter seem like a distant memory.  However, chillier weather is just around the corner, and as the days grow shorter and shorter, little by little there are things that you could be doing to make sure that your skylights are in tip top shape to deliver you with an energy efficient winter.  Here are a few of the tips we’ve collected as we’ve worked closely with top contractors who build homes with skylights.

1.   Remove any debris that has collected around exterior skylights.  Debris around any window can help promote leaks and nobody wants to have water damage in their home.

2.  Clean the mechanical systems of your skylight by first, turning off any power source if they are electric.  Then wipe off the chains with a dry towel (that’s all you need, skylights are considered maintenance free and should require no additional cleaning fluids or lubricators).

3.  Evaluate the long-term energy savings of upgrading any existing skylights to windows that have better energy star ratings.  Some newer models are eligible for federal tax credits, so check with your contractor (and your accountant!) to see if this might add up for beneficial long-term savings to your home budget.

4.  Pick out and install some type of shading for your skylight.  While during the winter months you will want to catch as much of the sunlight as possible, as soon as that light leaves the purview of your skylights, shades will help insulate your home from any escaping heat through the window.  If you live in a cooler climate you may want to opt for a heavier shade for the wintertime

Lastly, make an appointment to have a skylight/roofing specialist come and inspect the flashing and the roofing around your skylight.  A year of wear and tear on a roof can prompt leaks, and having a professional make sure that all areas are well sealed off to moisture can save you many headaches during the long, cold (and wet!) fall, winter and spring months ahead.

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