Skylights are a fantastic way to brighten up your home with natural light, while also reducing electricity costs and making your home more eco-friendly. But how do you maintain them? In this article, we'll provide you with some tips and tricks on how to keep your skylights in good condition.
Proper installation is key
If you're installing skylights on a flat roof, it's important to be aware that rainwater and contaminants such as bird droppings, tree sap, and car exhaust can cause staining and discoloration. However, if installed at the proper pitch, skylights can actually help keep the glass clean by allowing rainwater to run off naturally.
Regular cleaning is essential
Just like any other window in your home, regular cleaning and inspection are necessary to maintain the skylight's performance over time. We recommend cleaning your skylight at least twice a year. Use warm water and mild detergent to clean the glass, and only use natural bristle brushes and a soft cloth or sponge. If the glass is heavily soiled by atmospheric pollution, white spirit can be applied.
Self-cleaning glass is not a one-stop solution
Self-cleaning glass is a specific type of glass with a surface that keeps itself free of dirt and grime. However, it's important to note that this doesn't mean the glass should never be cleaned. Self-cleaning glass is a good solution for vertical glass (such as windows or patio doors), but it may not be effective for low-pitched skylights. Manufacturers recommend a minimum pitch of 30 degrees for the self-cleaning properties to be effective, and many skylights are pitched lower than that. Additionally, self-cleaning glass should not be installed where silicones are applied since the fumes counteract the effect. To ensure you're getting the real deal, look for the new European Standard, EN 1096-5, which allows buyers to differentiate between glass with or without self-cleaning properties.
If you're looking for a cost-effective and eco-friendly solution, consider using Percenta Nano Coating for your skylight. This transparent coating protects surfaces from getting dirty, steamed, blurred, or dimmed. The hydrophilic film of nanometers thickness improves visibility and reduces uncontrollable water leakage during condensation. Essentially, it mimics the properties of self-cleaning glass and is an excellent alternative.
In conclusion, keeping your skylights in good condition is essential for their longevity and effectiveness. By following these tips, you can ensure that your skylights continue to provide natural light and beauty to your home for years to come.
Don't hesitate to contact us today if you have any questions about skylight installation and maintenance. Also, be sure to browse our in-stock range of Cambridge Skylights to find the perfect fit for your home.