Snow Vs. Skylights

When it comes to heavy snowfall, as a homeowner, it’s normal to worry about specific areas of your home and how well they will hold up against the piling up of snow. But, it’s elementary to worry about your skylight as you are watching it become covered in white. Not every snowstorm means something negative for your skylight, but there are a few issues that you should keep an eye out for.

The Fear:

Most homeowners are nervous about heavy snow amounts on their skylights because they fear the weight might cause cracking or breaking in the glass. The truth is that snow poses no direct threat like this to your skylight! However, other issues can arise from high snow accumulation in this spot.


Water damage is a real probability for some skylights after big storms! As snow melts, it can block the usual drainage areas. When these spots puddle up, and temperatures drop again, ice dams can cause increased pressure. It’s this pressure, not directly on the glass, that causes leaking and water damage around the skylight. So, how can this be prevented?

Proper Maintenance

The best way to avoid water damage and ice dams after a big storm are to clean off snow from your skylight. While brushing this area off, it will be easy to see if any cracks or dams have formed. When these issues are spotted as soon as possible, they can be treated and fixed before preventable damage occurs. You do not need to do this after every storm. Just take precautions for ones where more than five to eight inches accumulate. 

And, you don’t need to handle this alone! Our professionals can come to inspect your skylights and roof after a big storm to ensure no weather damage has occurred. With icy and snowy conditions likely, it’s best to leave it to a professional.  

Roofing Experts of Norwalk

When it comes to ensuring your roofing lasts and is safe for your family, you need to hire the best contractor possible. The JM Roofing and Siding experts are licensed and insured to serve you in Norwalk, Connecticut, and the surrounding areas. Contact us today for a free estimate!

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