So, you've finally got your new skylight installed and you've been enjoying the bright sunlight that comes streaming through (even if it isn't as consistent as you'd like). You're just getting through patting yourself on the back for taking a step to conserve energy and preserve the environment when you hear something – a faint “drip, drip, drip.” Sure, it's raining outside, but this sounds like it's coming from inside your home. A plumbing leak perhaps? Quick check of the bathroom and kitchen – nope, not the plumbing. A little more detective work and – you find out the dripping noise is coming from your brand-new skylight.
Leaking: It's a common problem with many brands of , and one of the major reasons why a lot of people think twice before installing one in their home. The skylight lets in plenty of light on sunny days – but when it rains, it lets the rain in as well. The problem could be in the design of the unit itself – but more often than not, it's the flashing that's to blame.
Flashing is the material that's used where the skylight and the roof meet. Designed and installed properly, flashing covers the seam between the skylight unit and the roof, helping divert rain water from that area and preventing rain from seeping underneath and into your home. The problem is, most skylight manufacturers use a “one-size-fits-all” approach when it comes to their flashing design. Why? Because having just one style and type of flashing is more cost-effective, in terms of design and materials as well as in terms of training the experts who install it – after all, when there's only one design, training someone to install it is a breeze. Of course, that kind of approach doesn't take into account the hundreds of different roof styles the flashing will need to accommodate. Flashing that's not designed to fit different types of roofs and different slopes is almost guaranteed to leak – if not immediately, then over time. And that means a costly repair bill – not just for the area around the skylight, but for any other areas of your roof or walls where water may have leaked in.
Solatube skylight systems are different. They use one-piece seamless flashing designs that can be fit to any roof shape and slope, and the materials they use are designed to stand up to the harshest elements, year after year after year. Plus, because of the light's unique tubular design, you don't have to worry about having a big, rectangular seam exposed to Mother Nature's temper.
When you choose a Solatube skylight, you're choosing quality that's been tested over time. Every material and component is specifically selected and designed for maximum protection from the elements and maximum sunlight for you – no matter where the sun is in the sky. Plus, Solatube's unique dome design ensures the light you enjoy is consistent throughout the day.
So forget what you think you know about skylights. Explore your options with Solatube. Visit our website or give us a call on 131 691 today.
NB: All Guarantee's are made on the warranty period. Installation warranty should always be checked with the Tradesman you choose to install your Solatube skylight product. Solatube Australia always recommend installation is completed by one of our Certified Installation Consultants.