Skylights are a great addition to any home. With scenery all around us, who wouldn’t want to have a beautiful view and extra sunlight in their home? Skylights require regular maintenance to prevent leaking. Many of us have older skylights that need updating, but how do you know if you need to replace it or just repair it? Below are a few questions to ask yourself to determine what you need to do with your skylights.

Is it better to get new skylights or reseal old skylights?

The cost of re-sealing your skylights is between $200 – $600 per skylight; the cost of new skylights is anywhere from $800 to $1,500, depending on the type of skylight. If you really want to save money on your roofing purchase, think long-term. A slightly larger investment of new skylights now will cost less than replacing old skylights in the future.

Should I replace my skylights when getting my roof done?

The answer is yes. Most contractors will charge you double for having to replace just the skylights but if you are going to be getting your roof replaced, then the contractor usually includes replacing the skylights at a discounted price. Often times, a new roof will provide you a discount on your home insurance policy but new skylights will also ensure the integrity of your home’s roof is intact. New skylights would be built and installed to building code which further strengthens your roof and everything underneath it.

How often should I replace my skylights?

The seals on some skylights start falling apart anywhere between 10 to 15 years old. Many old skylights are made of acrylic, and these are only designed to last approximately 15-20 years and cracks may show as early as 15 years in. Newer skylights are designed with leak protection and a tempered safety glass that make them last longer and do their job better over time.

Skylights can make a beautiful addition to any home, letting in light into a room that might not otherwise receive it. Be sure to maintain, repair, and replace as necessary to help ensure that they continue to function just as they were designed to. Be sure to speak with your Prepared agent today about keeping your skylights up to code to avoid any water damage. Visit us online to learn more about our product offerings and how much you could save with a policy with Prepared.

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