Seasonal Maintenance Tips for Roof Lights

June 28, 2024

As the seasons come and go, each one can bring its own set of challenges and problems for your rooflights.

These beautiful windows require regular maintenance to stay in great condition all year round.

So, for your convenience, we’ve created a maintenance checklist for each season so you can enjoy functional, secure, and durable windows no matter the weather.

Spring Maintenance

Spring provides a fresh start in every aspect, including your roof lights. As the sun starts to settle in, this gives you the perfect opportunity to address any damage caused during the winter months.

1. Cleaning the Glass:

Remove any debris, such as leaves, twigs, and dirt, that have accumulated on and around your roof lights.

To wash the glass, use a mild detergent and water, scrubbing gently. Avoid abrasive cleaners, as these can scratch and damage the surface.

2. Inspect Seals and Flashings:

The seals and flashings can gain cracks, gaps or water ingress during the wet months. Check for any signs of this and re-seal the effected areas.

This will prevent further leaks and the need for costly replacements.

3. Examine the Frame:

During the winter, metal frames can rust, and wooden frames can begin to rot, leading to a decline in structural integrity.

Check your frame for any signs of these issues and address them promptly to prevent further damage.

For metal frames, sand down the rust spots and apply a fresh coat of rust-resistant paint. Treat areas of rot on wooden frames with a wood hardener and use wood filler to re-fill any gaps.

Summer Maintenance

As the sun starts to set later and the weather becomes hot and humid, this can bring a new set of challenges and issues for your rooflights.

4. Lubricate Moving Parts:

The moving mechanisms on your rooflights, such as hinges and locks, can become stiff and rusty as time passes.

Ensure they are well-lubricated by applying a silicone spray or light machine oil to keep each one operating smoothly.

5. Inspect for Thermal Expansion:

As the temperature rises, materials can begin to expand, affecting the integrity of your rooflights.

Check for any new gaps around the roof lights and seal them as needed. Use a UV-resistant sealant where gaps have formed to maintain an airtight seal.

6. UV Protection:

If your roof lights come with UV-protective coatings, ensure they are still working efficiently.

Re-apply the coating to protect the glass from sun damage to extend the longevity of your rooflights.

Autumn Maintenance

The falling leaves and increased rainfall can affect the performance and appearance of your rooflights. It’s essential to address any issues with your rooflights during autumn before winter arrives.

7. Clear Gutters and Downspouts:

Leaves, dirt, water, and debris can clog up your gutters and downspouts, causing water to build up around your rooflights.

Regularly clean out each area to prevent blockages and check for any signs of damage to your gutter system. Repair or replace any broken areas as soon as possible.

8. Check Weather Stripping:

If the weather stripping around your roof lights has become damaged, this can cause drafts and moisture accumulation, leading to mould growth and uncomfortable indoor conditions.

Replace any worn or damaged weather stripping right away. Use premium temperature and water resistant weather stripping during the autumn and winter months.

9. Inspect for Condensation:

As temperatures drop, condensation can rise. This can lead to mould growth and structural damage, so check for issues with insulation and ventilation.

Add extra insulation or install ventilation systems if necessary for extra protection.

Winter Maintenance

Cold temperatures, snow, and ice pose significant challenges during the winter months, meaning that extra care needs to be taken when maintaining your rooflights.

10. Snow and Ice Removal:

Carefully remove any snow and ice from your roof lights with a soft-bristled brush or a roof rake.

This will prevent the glass from being scratched whilst removing the snow. As an extra caution, ensure your attic is well-insulated and ventilated to prevent ice dams from forming, as this can cause water to back up and penetrate underneath your rooflights.

11. Inspect for Drafts:

Cold weather can lead to more drafts and heat loss, causing you to spend more on energy bills.

Check that all seals are intact and apply weather stripping or sealant if necessary to close any gaps to maintain energy efficiency.

12. Monitor for Leaks:

After heavy rain or snowmelt, check for signs of leaks around your roof lights, including damp spots, water stains, or mould.

Address any issues immediately to prevent water damage by sealing your rooflights with waterproof sealant.

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With UV protection, sturdy materials, and toughened safety glass, you can ensure a safe, durable, and energy-efficient installation with us.

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