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When it’s time to replace a skylight, whether it’s because your skylight is damaged or you’d like to upgrade your skylight from fixed to self-ventilating, there are some precautions that you need to consider before replacement begins, and weighing up the pros and cons of each skylight option will help you make your decision.
Since skylights need to be watertight and be able to withstand all the different weather conditions we have here in South Florida, it’s recommended that you hire a professional to do the replacement for you. Hiring a roofing company is a great option however please bear in mind that many don’t complete any work on the inside of the house only the exterior. This means you will need to find a handyman or general contractor to do drywall, trimming and ceiling work inside your house after the skylight installation is complete.
Choosing The Correct Skylight
Many people make the mistake or trying to “eye” the size of their skylights, and end up buying the wrong size for their replacement, or a skylight that’s not suitable for the pitch of their roof. For these reasons it is best to allow the roofer to provide the skylight to be replaced or installed. Not only will you be assured of the correct size but also that the new skylight is “Miami-Dade Approved”.
Prepare Your Home
While a professional roofer will take extreme care when working on your property, there are a few things you can do to make it easier for both you and your roofer. Begin by moving any valuables or furniture out of the area underneath the skylight. If you have furniture that can’t be moved, cover it in a tarp to protect from dust and debris. Laying a tarp on the floor underneath the skylight will help make cleanup easier, and prevent damage to your floors.
Make sure that your roofers have access to an electrical socket, so they don’t accidentally unplug one of your important electronics. A professional roofing company will bring their own extension cords, but you can give yourself extra peace of mind by running your own.
If you can, close off the area where the roofers will be working. This has two benefits, it doesn’t let dust travel through your home, and keeps children and pets away from where work is taking place, which keeps them safe from harm or putting the roofers in potential harm.
On the outside of your home, lay down tarp on the ground where the roofers will be accessing the roof. Any plants you are scared might get damaged should be covered and any ceramic plant pots should be moved out of the way.
Following these steps will ensure your skylight replacement will go as smoothly as possible, should you have any questions, or need help finding a trustworthy roofing company, please feel free to contact ABC Roofing Corp, South Florida’s roofing experts, keeping you covered!