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Old 11-27-2011, 04:01 PM   #1
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Does skylight need replacing?

I have been living in a home for 15 years, that had a new Andersen skylight put in the kitchen in 1994, (I bought the house in early 1997). So it's not quite 20 years old.

I just recently had a roof repair done for two leaks in the roof. One was where they had to replace a back portion of the roof. The other one was in the kitchen just below the skylight. I have punched holes in the sheetrock with a sheetrock saw, until I decide what to do.

My roofer is telling me that the skylight has to be replaced because Andersen does not make skylights anymore, and he can't get the flashing for it.

I am opposed to replacing it, because the skylight itself is not leaking, only the flashing is no good.

Is there a way to only replace the flashing with a like kind, and still have a guaranteed seal? I can't see spending over a $1,000 to replace the whole skylight with a Veluz. (including installation). What do I do?



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Old 11-27-2011, 04:10 PM   #2
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Of course you can buy some galvanized roll flashing, better than aluminum, and some 50-year silicone or Henry's blackjack. Your roofer probably wanted you to replace the light so he might get the old one for his house.


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Old 11-27-2011, 04:24 PM   #3
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Flashings dont go bad unless its rusted through! Its just roofed incorectly! If light is that old it probably needs replaced or taken out and patched anyway. Compare the prices and go from there.
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A qualified roofer can make flashing pieces if necessary.
Call someone qualified before you spend $1000.00 on amateurs making excuses.....
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:51 PM   #5
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Have you called Anderson?

I would wonder how the original ones were damaged---careless --Anderson skylights are good
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:40 PM   #6
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Calling Andersen

I tried calling Andersen, and they don't make skylights any more. So, once they sell out of accessories, that's it.

I caulked the skylight myself with silicone caulking, and seems to have helped, but is still must be getting in someplace?

I am noticing the last time it rained really hard, that the skylight was wet on the inside window, also there is a new stain in sheetrock, in opposite direction.

I really don't want to replace a window, that is still good, however, I don't know what else to do?

I just need to know if peole are in agreement that I should try a 2nd roofer maybe, or just go with what this roofer says, and replace it?
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:41 PM   #7
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My skylight dilemma continues....

Hi Sgeco,

Can you make a suggestion on who I can call to get a customized flashing?
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:55 PM   #8
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You should call some other roofers for bids and see what they have to say. I don’t see why new flashing can’t be made.

Posting a picture of the skylight here could also help.
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:59 PM   #9
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Any good roofer knows how to make flashing, they have to do it all the time around a chimmney, Any contractor, or siding guy can also make this up.
Unless the woods rotted around the base of the light where it rises above the roof line it can be reflashed.
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Old 12-03-2011, 03:26 PM   #10
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Total nonsense. Unless the skylight is cracked and leaking? You can easily replace the flashing and seals. Send me the dimensions and my roof and sheet metal guys will make you something out of either stainless or copper if you want, box it and ship it.

Now in fairness to the roofer who suggested he saw a problem? If the skylight is fractured in anyway or if you open and close it and the workings are not functioning?

Replace it. Once the mechanics of an open/close skylight start failing. You need to bite the bullet and put in a new one. And it sounds like you got a decent life out of the one you have?

But $grand for a starting point for a ceiling skylight? Jeeze Louise, how big is this existing thing?

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The roofer is an idiot. Get someone else to handle your roofing issues.
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:30 PM   #12
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Any real roofer can flash anything on a roof. You need to find another roofer.
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Old 12-03-2011, 09:40 PM   #13
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I am sure some of what I am going to say may have been said already so I can determine whats been said by O&B.,.,

I generally brake my own metal for new flashing installations for skylights.

The only way the skylight cannot be properly flashed with metal is if it's a flush mounted skylight.Any roofer/contractor that has been in the business knows this.

If your roofer/contractor says he cannot do it since he does not know how.,then maybe your roof isn't the right project for him.
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Ttd, as luck would have it, I installed some Andersen skylights around the same time yours went in. They came with the step flashing as well as the head and apron flashing. I think I still have it laying around as I put on a torch down roof and didn't need it. I'm sure I can dig it up if you're interested but will need to know the size of your skylight. It's brand new and in Andersen's Terratone color as I recall.
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Size of the skylight?

Hello Everyone, and thanks for the great advise about what to do with my skylight. I can't believe it, but once I did the caulking around the whole exterior of the skylight it seems to be much better, and may have even stopped leaking. At least for now, but I still would like to put new flashing once the spring hits, to be safe.

I will find the paperwork and post the size once I put my hands on it, and for now hope for the best! (Not bad for a girl, I might add).

Thanks again!



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