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Some skylights can open a few inches to
allow air circulation. They're usually operated with a pole. Occasionally the
gears that raise and lower the skylight can get jammed.
Motor-controlled skylight isn't
functioning properly: Some skylights can be opened automatically with motors.
And like all mechanical things, these motors need occasional maintenance and
repair. Your problem may also be electrical.
Manually operated shade isn't functioning
properly: Many manufacturers have designed shades to fit within the frame of
their skylights. Most are opaque, and can be opened and closed fully to give you
maximum control over the amount of light you let in. Sometimes the gears that
operate the shades can get jammed.
Motor controlled shade isn't functioning
properly: Motor-controlled shades are a great option for skylights that are very
high and out of reach. However, these motors need maintenance and repair from
time to time. The problem may also be electrical.
|Even though skylights can add value
and beauty to a home, occasionally homeowners can experience problems with
- Ceiling is damp around the opening
(leaking): Leakage is the number one problem. 90 percent of all leaks are
caused by a "flashing" problem. Flashing is a piece of metal that sits
flush against a skylight opening and sweeps away any water. Many leaks are
slow, and you may not see them for several years until the drywall next to
the skylight starts to buckle.
- Newer skylights are built in
accordance with rugged construction requirements. Still they can crack
with impact, especially if they are glass. If your skylight is in an area
where it can be easily broken, consider replacing it with a plastic,
shatter-resistant version. These have the added advantage of being
lightweight and economical.
Common problems :
Modern, top-of-the-line skylights that are
carefully installed or repaired by a Service Professional can be expected to
remain watertight for a long time.