06 Jun 2018

How to maintain your rooflight in three easy steps

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A long, winding drive and a lush leafy garden. Light and airy bedrooms and spacious kitchens. We all have a ‘shopping list’ of what our perfect home looks like and it’s a dream come true when you finally complete your self-build. After all the hard work you’ve put in, it’s important to keep up the maintenance of your new home’s features to make sure they last. Here, Express Skylights gives its tips on maintaining your rooflight.

When a feature elevates the aesthetic of your home to such high standards, it’s only natural that you want to keep it in tip-top condition. While rooflights can be prone to dirt, pollution and rainwater, taking care of yours doesn’t have to be a chore. Here’s how to look after your rooflight to keep it looking as good as new, all year round.

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Check for leaks

Generally speaking, proper insulation is key to avoiding leaks and it’s never too late to improve or add insulation to your home. The first place to start is in the attic, where most of the heat escapes. Insulating the attic will help to nip ice dams and leaks in the bud, improving overall airflow and protecting the windows in your home.

Specifically to rooflights, it’s damaged tiles, windowsills or improper flashing that are the most common causes of leaks. If everything was installed properly when you got your rooflight, you shouldn’t experience leaks. But, if you notice trickling water in heavy weather, it’s time to call in a roofer.

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Keep it clean

To keep that glass gleaming you should be cleaning your rooflight every six months. Clean the inside by dusting away cobwebs or dirt then use a squeegee and soapy water to rinse. Avoid fibrous cloths and harsh chemicals to achieve a streak-free shine.

Self-cleaning glass can banish the faff of cleaning the outside of your rooflight. Most rooflights can be made with chemically-coated glass that allows water to run off more quickly – carrying away dirt to keep your rooflight in tip-top condition.

Watch out for condensation

If you’ve been battling the recent ‘beast from the east’ or just the humidity of laundry day, contrasting temperatures can cause havoc for rooflights. When the temperature of the outdoors differs from the indoors, it can mean a build-up of condensation is created.

If left untreated, condensation can damage window frames, cause mildew and result in peeling paint. It also means your view will be spoiled by water droplets. To keep condensation at bay, invest in quality extractor fans and keep laundry on the washing line and off the radiators.

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