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Fix Your Broken Skylight With A Replacement Residential Skylight

Aug 10, 2008
Skylight owners understand just how wonderful this natural light can be. They realize that the warmth and beauty of their home increases, and that's not to mention the value as well. Some may even understand that these lights provide fabulous health benefits as well. If you don't know all this we'll tell you where to find out more later. The problem is that when these skylights leak or crack, it can be more than frustrating. The good news is that replacement residential skylights are easy to find.

For instance if your skylight should break from heavy hail or start to leak in a bad storm, your first temptation might be to just shingle over it and be done with it. But before you do this, consider your other option, that is simply replacing it. Perhaps maybe you had the wrong kind installed to begin with.

Perhaps you just need a skylight made of a stronger material, especially if your problems are caused by falling object, stray golf shots, or excessive hail. Glass is probably not the best decision here, but acrylic and polycarbonate skylights are. Acrylic skylights won't break the bank, they're stronger than glass, and will even filter out some of the light if you want.

Polycarbonate skylights may cost a little more, but they are even stronger. How strong? Well this transparent polymer is almost unbreakable. It's even used to make windows bulletproof. And polycarbonate is also lighter than acrylic.

But let's go back to glass for a second. Glass can be made very strong as well, as long as you get a skylight that's covered with a protective film. This film not only increases the strength, but filters the light as well. Get double panel glass and you increase the strength as well. Plus you'll be increasing the skylights insulation abilities and that can mean lower energy bills.

You'll have plenty of options with all skylights. Everything from domed, to pyramid shaped, to tubular to round is available. True these are primarily aesthetic choices, but not entirely. Different skylights are made to be installed on different roof types. So make sure whatever you get is made to be installed on your particular roof, whether it is peaked or flat.

And let's not forget the importance of proper installation. So many people think they'll save a few dollars by doing it themselves. These people find out when the first rain comes that they may have made a mistake. That's a bad time to find out. Installing a skylight is really not that difficult, but you have even the slightest doubt about whether you can do it right, then have it professionally installed right from the start.

Don't be so quick to immediately call a roofer when your skylight breaks or leaks. Make a few good choices and you'll see that getting a replacement residential skylight is almost always a better option.
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To find out more about the incredible and varied benefits of adding a replacement skylight , visit Skylight-Guide.com. Whether you are searching for a home or RV skylight , you'll discover all the information you need.
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