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Should You Replace Skylights When Installing A New Roof?

Making sure that your home’s exterior has the tools it needs to function at its best is of paramount importance. Your roof is arguably the most important of these elements - when it gets to the point where its lifespan is expiring, you should be working quickly to replace it. However, there’s a consideration that you may not have thought of immediately - your existing skylights! Since these beneficial windows are attached to your roof, the biggest question on every homeowner’s mind is this - when replacing a new roof, do you need to replace the skylights as well? We tell you everything you need to know below!

Things To Think About

The answer to this question may differ from homeowner to homeowner - and even skylight to skylight! But there are a few things you should take into consideration before you can determine whether or not to replace skylights with your new roof. They are:


  • The Skylight’s Age: How long ago was the skylight installed? Skylights from Velux can last for well over a decade, but your average skylight likely won’t be usable past the first 10 years. If your skylight is getting older, it may be worthwhile to install new ones.

  • Damages: Have you noticed any signs of skylight damage? Let's say that the glass is getting foggy, and condensation is forming on the frame. These are telling signs that either your skylight wasn’t installed correctly or its seal was compromised. In either case, it’s a good idea to replace your skylights, too!


Newer skylights may stand more of a chance of being reused, but a good rule of thumb is that if the skylight is damaged or aging, you should replace it along with your roof. It’s much more likely that the seals get compromised when reusing older skylights, so save yourself the hassle!

How To Avoid This Issue

It can be tricky for the stars to align when it comes to upgrading your home’s exterior elements. The decision to replace skylights with your roof isn’t easy, but we can offer some tips that take away most of the headache. If you’re a homeowner that is thinking of purchasing a skylight, consider the age of your roof. Is it getting close to the end of its lifespan? If the answer is yes, it may be advisable to hold off. You can install a new skylight at the same time as your roof. This way, the lifespans of each line up almost equally - and you can replace both at once!

Roof Replacement & Skylight Installation with Quality Driven Exteriors

The key to your roof and skylights performing at their best is working with a contractor that excels in the installation of both. In New Hampshire, Quality Driven Exteriors is the best option! We are certified with one of the most trusted roofing manufacturers in GAF Roofing, and we can also install a superior quality skylight with Velux skylights! Our work has helped New Hampshire homes perform at their best and save homeowners money, and we’ll be happy to help your home achieve the same thing. Contact us today for flawless roofing and skylight installation!

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