Leaky Skylight? Please don’t use tar….

It’s a great feeling when you fix something around the house without having to call a professional, but there are definitely some do-it-yourself projects that will cause more trouble they are worth, and here’s a big one:



Clearly, someone is someone trying to stop this skylight from leaking by using large quantities of roofing tar.  Granted, in this case that same someone has made a horrendous, not to mention unsightly mess, but you get the idea.

Just today a homeowner called me to come out and replace a skylight that he
had tried to seal using roofing tar.  Not only did it not fix the leak, now this man will have to spend more money on the replacement job.  Why?

Applying tar OVER shingles necessitates the complete tear-off and replacement of all the shingles around a skylight.  This is not necessary on a typical skylight replacement.

The cost for both materials and labor has now unnecessarily been increased.

A properly sealed skylight is correctly flashed and sealed UNDER the shingles.

The tar, while a short-term band-aid, will inevitably cause a headache later.

As always, I would be glad to talk to you about skylights, just give me a call.
Jeff
913.492.2989

(thanks for InspectAPedia for posting this photo on Google Images)

Thanks for your blog at “every little thing”

We love unsolicited endorsements of skylights and here’s a great blog we found recently by Michelle B. entitled “every little thing” found on blogspot.  She recently added a Sun Tunnel to a bathroom with no window and posted a great photo of it on the blog (along with some other really beautiful rooms using skylights).  Here’s an excerpt from her blog and the link:

Sunday, August 15, 2010

the sun tunnel…

just a fancy new word for “skylight”, that’s all.
we put one in our main bathroom that completely lacked natural light…a bad design
in the old style home we live in where
the main bathroom is in the centre of the house.
literally.
i cannot really believe the difference it makes…! gavin calls it the “blue light” because at night that’s the way it looks.
it’s got a frosted glass cover so you can’t actually see up inside it or the crusty pine needles and dry leaves that could potentially land on the outer surface.
on the inside, it’s a cylinder surrounded in insulated tin-foil-ish stuff. super duper reflective…and amazingly bright!!

and because my bathroom also lacks style and flair, for now

here’s a little peek at what is looks like…mind the terrible photography on this one!
we are adding one to our kitchen tomorrow!

THANKS MICHELLE B. FOR YOUR POST AND PHOTO OF YOUR BATHROOM SUN TUNNEL…
HERE THE LINK TO THE BLOG
http://missbblogs.blogspot.com/2010/08/sun-tunnel.html