How to repair a leaking rooflight in five easy steps
When your rooflight develops a leak, it can be very inconvenient. The hole means that the roof is no longer protecting you from the rain adequately, and this puts anything inside the room at risk of water damage or mould growth, therefore fixing it is going to be one of your top priorities. We’re going to look at how you can repair a leaking rooflight in five easy steps.
Purchase a refurb kit
One of the first things that you’re going to need to do to repair your rooflight is to purchase a refurb kit. These kits are designed specifically to stop any leaks and gaps in the roof by replacing the dome with a new and intact model, and we at Addlite offer a selection of them for you to choose from. You need to make sure that the kit you’ve got corresponds to the size of rooflight you own. As for the type, the choice is yours. Our refurb kits can be used to replace any rooflight.
Remove the existing skylight
Once you’ve got the kit, you’re ready to begin repairing your leaking rooflight. First of all, you need to remove the existing skylight and replace it with a new one. This is achieved by removing the dome and the frame from the upstand. Those are the only parts you need to replace, as the upstand needs to be left as it is.
Attach the sealing tape
For the new skylight to take hold correctly, the new frame needs to be prepared and mounted into the upstand. You can do this by attaching the sealing tape to the new refurb frame. This will allow you to connect the new refurb frame to the existing upstand. This is important because it creates an airtight and therefore watertight seal around the entire rooflight.
Secure the refurb frame
After you have removed the old frame and prepared the new one, you can now begin to secure the new refurb frame into the upstand. It is crucial that you do not drill or try to make any new holes in the refurb frame, as the holes will already be created for you, so you just need to use the drilling screws which are supplied, and drill them into the holes. This will allow you to install the frame into the upstand.
Attach the rooflight
The end of the process is in sight, and now you’re ready to attach the new rooflight into the system. The rooflight slots into the frame with the pre-installed hinges, so you don’t need to do anything but secure it in place using them.
After completing these steps, you should have now successfully changed the rooflight on your roof for one which does not leak. The new seal will now be functional and should not need replacing for a long time. All of the materials required for this process are available from Addlite.