Skylight flashing:Why NOT make your own?

The desirability of a high quality skylight is obvious, but many people don’t know that they should pay as much attention to the quality of the skylight flashing that is used.

This photo is of flashing that was made on site, by cutting a sheet of metal and using an adhesive or nails to position it around the skylight.

Regardless of the quality of the skylight, when an installer creates his own flashing, this is often the reason a skylight begins to leak.  My best guess is that installers make their own flashing to save money.  What they do not realize is that the savings is minimal, once you factor in the time and the potential for future trouble.

Velux makes a variety of flashing kits to be used with the wide range of skylights we offer. VELUX flashing systems are designed to shed water without relying on sealants that can break down over time. We offer a variety of flashing systems to ensure a weathertight fit for virtually all roof types and slopes.

Velux flashings provide seamless corners and a uniform look (see below).
They also come with an adhesive underlayment and we use professional shielding agents as an extra barrier of protection.

Most importantly, Velux offers the best warranty in the industry, however, their “No Leak” warranty is only good when a skylight is installed with the appropriate Velux flashing.

Homeowners, be sure when you compare installers, you ask about the skylight flashing. In the long run, you will be glad you did.   Roofers, when you rely on Midwest Skylight for your product needs, you will benefit from all of our flashing knowledge.

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Skylights are “Windows” in UK

I just returned from a trip to Scotland, where I saw a lot of two things…
lots of these…..

and lots of these….

When natives asked what I do, I told them I sell skylights.  They all looked
quizzical until I restated and said I sell “Velux”.  Invariably, I would get the
same response, “Oh, you sell roof windows!”

In the UK, the word “Velux” is like saying “Kleenex” in the US.  But in Europe, people think of skylights in the same way they think of windows….and to all of us, what building is complete without windows?  To them, light from a window in the roof is as expected as light from a window in a wall.

So all over Europe you see skylights in buildings that are many hundreds of years old. Quite a few of them open, as they value not only the light but the ventilation they provide.

Please call for a “Velux” of your own!


The Venting Solar-Powered Skylight!

IT’ HERE!…The new VELUX solar-powered venting skylight.  This revolutionary new skylight has a solar panel that stores the sun’s energy and uses it to operate the skylight so that you can open and shut your skylight with the push of a button.  It’s also equipped with a RAIN SENSOR that tells the skylight to close at the first drop of rain. 

All this, and VELUX’s No Leak Warranty and Lo3 glass  AND an amazing

Replace your outdated acrylic dome or install a brand new skylight with this unit and you’ll wonder how you got along without the option for fresh air and the benefits from air circulation it brings.

Give me a call for more information at 913.492.2989