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How long do Skylights Last?

Skylights are a great addition to a home; they can reduce utility costs by providing natural light as illumination as well as a using solar heat to provide heating without needing to pay for gas or electrical heating. On top of the reduction in utility bills skylights can provide a better sense of privacy than windows, as windows are installed within walls on the sides of houses which can allow people visibility of the home’s interior meaning the use of curtains or blinds to prevent people from seeing into the house but doing so reduces how much natural light gets through the window.

Skylights, on average, will last anywhere from 8-15 years. Regular check-ups will provide your skylight an extended lifespan.

How long will my skylight last before it needs to be replaced?

A common concern that is brought up during our consultations is the question of how long skylights last before needing maintenance or replacement? As the installation of skylights can vary in price, it is understandable customers may have this worry before installing skylights for themselves. Fortunately, a skylight will typically last for 8-15 years before needing replacement and with proper maintenance they can last even longer. We already know the next question which is “How much maintenance do skylights need?”. Skylights are not a product that are installed with a ‘set and forget’ mentality, they require regular maintenance and work to keep them looking good and prevent damage to get the most out of them.

Maintenance includes the cleaning of both the interior and exterior of the skylight, checking for any cracks or blemishes and checking if the skylight is fully sealed as to not let any water leak through the sides of the skylight. Hiring a professional skylight installer to perform repairs and checking for any potential issues can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in the long term. Outside of cleaning and repairs the most important thing to improve the life span of the skylight is constantly monitoring the skylight so that should an appear it can be fixed as early as possible.

How do I know when it is time to replace my skylight?

No matter how vigilant you are with maintaining your skylight, it will eventually need replacing due to general wear and tear and with age. When is it time to replace a skylight? The obvious signs of leaks or cracks will need replacing but there are other less obvious signs that indicate its time to replace the skylight. These signs include yellowing or discolouring of the skylight which will inhibit the skylights’ ability to illuminate the space. This reduces the effectiveness of a skylight, where less light is let into the home. A potentially more significant issue which indicates the skylight needs to replaced is condensation. If condensation can be found on or around the skylight, this can indicate an issue with the sealant and if left unattended can result in the roof needing a full or partial replacement.

Skylights will last you a long time

Skylights have an average lifespan of last 8-15 years before a replacement is needed. To lengthen a skylights quality of life, regular maintenance and check-ups are required. At Simply Genuine Skylights, we take pride in knowing our skylight solutions are built to last and provide open, illuminated spaces. If you would like your skylight checked or a skylight installed, call us on (02) 4960 2399 or contact us through our website.