Many builders, remodelers and contractors have gotten a similar phone call: homeowners complaining that their older skylights are leaking, usually because condensation is trapped.
Older skylights were traditionally made of acrylic or plastic domes, which weren’t very durable or watertight. These types of skylights also offer little in the way of energy efficiency – meaning homeowners end up letting in more hot air in the summer while losing heat in the winter.
Although these designs were popular at one time, the building industry has realized these products should be replaced with newer skylight models, which tend to be sturdier, better looking, and more energy-efficient.
Fortunately, it’s not very difficult to replace older skylights. New skylights install the same way as older models, and require no extra cost or work to upgrade the product. And like with any replacement skylight, to get the job done, you typically only need to be there for one day – and you can make the most of your time by upselling older skylight replacements when a customer schedules a reroofing project.
5 Reasons to Replace During Reroofing
Even if a customer has an older model skylight that hasn’t started leaking, it makes sense to replace it when you reroof. They get a better product and peace of mind from not having to fear leaks – making them more likely to talk to neighbors, friends, and relatives about replacing or upgrading their own skylights – and you can boost your own bottom-line profit by $500 to $1,000.
Understand the benefits of window, door and skylight certification and how certified products can enhance your projects.
The Understanding Window, Door & Skylight Certification webinar is designed to help architects and remodelers understand the benefits of window, door and skylight certification and how certified products can enhance their projects.