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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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.
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.
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?
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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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).