Many homeowners have older skylights that need updating, but how do you know if you need to replace it with a new skylight or look into other options?

Age

If your skylight leaks occasionally and is within 5 years old, then it may only need a slight repair involving inspecting and resealing the flashing, glazing seals, etc.

If your skylight is 5-10 years old and leaks more persistently, you may need a more extensive repair. This may include:

  1. Removing some of the roofing material around the skylight
  2. Applying an ice and water shield
  3. Replacing the appropriate flashing and roofing shingles.

* This option may not match your current roof and will leave you with a different color around your skylight.

If your skylight is about 12-15 years old or older, and is consistently leaking, then replacing your skylight may be the cheapest option.

Cost

Replacing a skylight can be quite expensive. When all is said and done, replacement can cost a homeowner between $1,000-$2,000. That cost includes:

  1. Skylight (price increases with UV protection or other coatings)
  2. Attached shades
  3. Flashing
  4. Installation (price varies depending on size and complexity of roof)

There may be additional fees if structural changes to your house are required to get joists and rafters out of the way, or to build alternate supporting structures.

Installation

Installation can be difficult for skylights because it requires a lot of carpentry work. For most sizes, at least one rafter will have to be cut, requiring the rafters around it to be doubled. Even without cutting, the process will require careful work finishing the inside of the room and installing the flashing to prevent leaks.

Alternatives – Solar Tubes

Solar tubes are small light-capturing domes on your roof that pull sunlight into modular tubing which is then routed around rafters and joists in your attic and ultimately delivers bright, diffused light into your home through ceiling fixtures.

Since the tubing completely avoids cutting big holes in your roof or having to make any structural changes to your home, the cost not only remains relatively low, but installation can be completed in as little as two hours.

A homeowner can easily have a solar tube installed for as low as $400-$1,000. As an added financial benefit, adding a solar tube can result in a 30 percent energy tax deduction. This is because of the limited heat gain and the EnergyStar ratings on some models.

Not only are solar tubes more energy efficient, they also do a much better job at blocking UV rays that can be harmful to a home’s residents and furnishings.

Thinking about replacing your skylight? Give us a call to discuss all the options available to you!

360-900-ROOF

Budget cuts decreased paper allowance at North Kitsap High School, allowing 7 pieces of paper per student, per subject, per month. Fifteen year old Freshman, Collin Niles is spear-heading the donation drive.

Following Collins leadership, Integrity donated a pallet of paper (valued at $1500) to the North Kitsap High School supply drive.

Tanner Tennyson, owner of Integrity, “Preparing for college without paper is an unreasonable & ridiculous limitation. Students under-performing or not graduating impacts our community massively.”

Principal Megan Sawicki commented “It will truly make a difference…Because of your support, I was able to work with a staff member on going to a training to better support our Special Education students.”

Collin has raised over $1,600 in cash and over 225,000 sheets of paper for his school. Now, each student can receive 10-11 copies per subject, per month and the paper drive is continuing to grow.

For donations contact: North Kitsap High School, Our office 360 900 7663 or follow the link below:

Donate to North Kitsap High School

Any significant rainfall can produce standing water on a roof and water that has not evaporated 48 hours or more after a rainfall can become a problem. This is especially true for towns on the water that experience wind-driven rains like Bainbridge Island or Port Townsend.

Ponding water can pose a serious threat, particularly to flat roofs. It can lead to increased leaks and damage with roofing materials or even collapse the roofing deck.

Causes of Ponding:

1. Obstructed Drainage: Plants and dirt build up on the roof and in drains, blocking the escape route for rainfall.
2. Compressed Insulation or Membranes: A compressed membrane can have many causes or a combination of them, including age, heavy foot traffic, prior periods of ponding, heavy objects like HVAC units or other issues. Another major cause is wet insulation under the membrane.
3. Structural Issues: Some roofs have design issues, inadequate or poorly located drains, sagging with age, etc.

More significant issues require expertise. Work with a certified roofer to identify causes and rectify the stagnant water before it becomes an even bigger threat. Depending on the cause, solutions may include:

• Replacing damaged or low-quality insulation
• Diverting water with a small modification such as a cricket or tapering roof decks.


• Replacing or strengthening roof decking or other substructures
• Replacing the entire membrane

Regardless of what materials are protecting your roof, it’s best to walk the roof at least once or twice a year. During that inspection, make sure to clear any debris from the roof and pay close attention to drains to ensure that they are clear and functioning correctly. Even on roofs with no trees overhanging them, dirt and debris can collect. Although these are simple inspections, note that many insurance companies require them to be done by a licensed and insured contractor.

Another incentive for maintenance is to protect your warranty. It varies by manufacturer, but many warranties are voided if you do not perform basic maintenance. Be sure to check with your manufacturer to ensure you’re covered and determine what maintenance is required

If you have any questions about ponding or any other roof issues, contact Integrity Roofing & Construction today!

As a local roofing contractor in Kitsap County, WA we strive for providing the highest quality products and installation from Gig Harbor to Port Townsend.

Integrity has been awarded a geographically proprietary warranty known as the Emerald Premium Warranty. We earned this accreditation through our commitment to quality installation and proven track record.

The Emerald Premium Warranty offers an enhanced roofing system warranty that includes product AND installation coverage by manufacturer. Including:

Materials:

  • Malarkey Secure Start underlayment

  • Malarkey Arctic Seal: Ice and water shield underlayment around entire perimeter of home, along all flashing locations, around all penetrations and down all valleys.

  • Underlayment is installed with hand driven cap nails

  • RidgeFlex or EZ Ridge hip & ridge shingles
  • Smart Start or Windsor Starter shingles
    1. Vista: 45 year non prorated (labor and material) manufacturer’s warranty.
    2. Legacy: 50 year non prorated (labor and material) manufacturer’s warranty.

Workmanship

(starting year 5 for 15 year installation warranty)

– 20 year Integrity Roofing labor warranty.
– 15 year Malarkey backed labor warranty.

Coverage for low-slope roofs

– A “low slope roof” is one that slopes 2″ in 12″ to 4″ in 12″ of run. Because low slope roofs also drain water more slowly than moderate or steep sloped roofs, systems such as slate or asphalt shingles that rely on mechanical drainage for successful performance, are not used.

Integrity Roofing & Construction is proud to be the only Emerald Premium Contractor located in Kitsap County. If you’re considering replacing or installing a new roof, let us explain the benefits of having extended coverage.

Give us a call today to discuss your options!
360-900-ROOF