Today we are visiting White Plains, New York, an urban paradise that bustles in the day and is a little quieter at night. Residents love the diverse entertainment, shopping, and dining.
Our client called us for a roof replacement as well as relocating a skylight.
The best time to replace or reposition your skylight is when you are having your roof replaced. Why, you ask? That’s because skylight replacement is more cost effective when it is being replaced on a shingle-less roof.
Having your roof and skylights done at the same time is going to save you time and money. The typical lifespan of a skylight is 8-15 years, depending on exposure to elements.
You can either repair or replace your skylights. Depending on the budget, most people opt to replace their skylights at the same time they replace their roof. It’s best to do this to help prevent damage and prevent leaks in the future.
Although skylights are beautiful and are a great addition to your home, they can be problematic in that they can cause damage if they leak. It is vital to the protection of your home that skylights stay in the best condition.
Another reason to replace skylights while redoing your roof is that they can become disturbed during re-roofing. If this happens, moisture can build up, the seal can fail, and you could end up having a leak in your home.
Picture this. You just had your roof done and absolutely love it. It’s perfect. Your roofing company recommended replacing the skylights, but you decided against it. The current ones looked fine.
Then you wake up one morning and walk into your living room and see moisture on the floor. You know nothing’s been spilled, and it can’t be the roof. You just had that replaced. But you find the source … oh, no, it’s the skylight.
Unfortunately, your roofing company is going to pay you a visit much sooner than when you would have liked, and they are going to have to rip up your brand-new roof to repair the leak. What a nightmare.
But if having new skylights installed is not within your roof replacement budget, don’t panic! Re-flashing the area around the skylight is always an option. This will replace the seal.
New and proper flashing will keep your home protected from moisture than can cause damage such as mold and rust.
Now, if you’re already replacing your roof, you might want to consider the different options available regarding installing skylights. You can replace the skylight in the same position it already is in.
Maybe it’s getting old, it leaks, or you just want a different style. In that case, the skylight would be removed and replaced.
Another option is to add more skylights, which brings a good bit of natural light into your home. Some rooms would benefit from having multiple skylights.
Yet another option is one our White Plains client decided to go with – removing the current skylight, covering that space, and adding the new one in a different location in the room. For fun, imagine the perfect location for skylights in your house.
This was a seamless transition that only required external work. We were easily able to relocate the skylight in the roofing process. When we finished, you would never be able to tell there had once been a skylight on the other side of the room. The new one looked like it had been made to be there all along.
For the roof itself, we did an GAF asphalt shingle replacement. This is our most popular roof type, and in fact, is the most popular roof replacement type in the country.
The whole project came out perfect. It really freshened up the look of the house, to the point that we had a couple of people stop by to admire it.
As we all know, the exterior of homes fade with time and exposure to the elements. Having a new roof and a new skylight made our client’s old home feel brand-new again.
Our client was so happy, she ended up referring us to their neighbors, and we have since done work on several houses in the neighborhood.
Roof referrals make up most of our business, and that’s about the best compliment we could receive.
If you need someone to repair skylights, want to know more about skylight styles, or just need an asphalt shingle replacement, call us. As roofing professionals, we’re ready to help in any way possible.
City: White Plains
Materials used (manufacturer): GAF
Materials used (type): Asphalt
Materials used (color): Charcoal
Project Cost: $12,000
Time to Complete: Two days