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Old 04-05-2007, 07:25 PM   #1
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We have six Sun-Tek Sklights installed several years ago on a medium slant asphalt shingle roof. Now two of them have started to leak, causing mold to appear on frames and creating water run marks on the ceiling - probably going into the wall and generating mold problems. We took pictures of the skylights and sent them to the manufacturer. The manufacturer said they were meant to be installed vertically. Instead the contractor installed them horizontally. This voids the skylight warranty. The contractor says the job is out of his warranty and nothing can be done. Sun-Tec says we "may" be able to solve the problem by cutting the wick and then sealing that hole. Another roofer said we should have all the skylights replaced for a whopping $5,000.
Questions: Is cutting the wick a possible solution or just a temporary fix? Do we have to replace all six? If we mix and match, we may have unmatched skylights that give the house a streange appearance. This is a real problem for us so we would appreciate any suggestions for flashing ? or ? that might solve this problem without a yank 'em solution. Thanks

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The skylights when bought new should have come with a flashing kit, and yes they are to be set vertically. The manufactures suggestion is a temporary fix but it's better thatn what you have now.

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Are the holes horizontal (perpendicular to the framing)?
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Do you have a pic..and did the prior contractor cut the holes to add the skylights or are they part of the original structure....I'm trying to picture it the holes must be cut horizantal....I guess it would be possible to just pull back some shingles and make a flashing for it..
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I had one of these in my life. The existing home had a skylight cut in at the time of construction. It was horizontal and leaked from day one.

We did the roof, and the HO wanted to replace the skylight. Well he ran into the same situation. Velux would not warranty the skylight in this configuration.

I had to make a flashing for it, and it worked. Had I known better at the time, I would have had a custom made to fit. I know people that make them now.
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