Are you thinking about installing a skylight in your mobile home? In the past few years, skylights for mobile homes have not had the best reputation. Leaks and the inconvenience of cleaning are common complaints heard about a RV skylight.
However, as technology advances, skylights have become increasingly popular with mobile home homeowners. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about mobile home skylights – from choosing the best type of skylight to installing it. We’ll also include tips and excursions on how to repair and replace a mobile home skylight. Read on to find out more!
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Advantages of skylights
Undeniably, the best thing about a skylight in your mobile home is that you have natural sunlight. Unlike Windows, you don’t have to worry about losing your privacy installing a skylight. Since mobile homes have low ceilings, skylights are also a great way to add space to your home.
Disadvantages of skylights
Leaks are the main disadvantage of a mobile home skylight. The sealant and flash between the frame and the glass will degrade over time, causing water to seep through the cracks.
Another disadvantage is the cleaning of the skylights. The only way to clean them is to climb onto the roof of your mobile home, which can be very inconvenient.
Fixed VS-operated skylights
There are two categories of two skylights: fixed and operable.
As the name suggests, fixed skylights cannot be opened or closed. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but do not have additional mechanisms or blinds.
On the other hand, operable skylights have built-in mechanisms that allow you to open and close them with a remote control. Some solar-powered skylights are even equipped with sensors that allow them to close automatically when it rains.
If you are concerned about heat in the warmer months, consider installing a working skylight. Operable skylights make cooling easier, as the cool air flowing in through the skylight pushes warm air out.
Curb VS deck mounted skylights
The next category of skylights has to do with how they’re installed: curb or deck mount.
Curb-mounted skylights are installed over a framed opening in the roof. Frames are often made of metal or wood and are typically 2 × 4. Curb-mounted skylights can be fixed or operable and are commonly used for residential buildings. They are also a popular choice as the window can be easily replaced without having to change the entire skylight.
Unlike roadside-mounted skylights that sit on a raised frame, deck-mounted skylights are installed directly on the roof deck. Deck skylights are often cheaper than curb skylights. But you also have a higher risk of leaks. However, if you’re willing to keep the skylight waterproof and flashing, roadside skylights are a great choice.
Location of skylights for mobile homes
Buyers often spend a lot of time deciding which skylight to buy but don’t consider where to install it. The location of the skylight on your mobile home is more important than you think as it affects the amount of sunlight and heat that gets into your mobile home. In addition, glare should be considered if you have televisions and computers in your mobile home.
If you live in a temperate climate, installing your mobile home skylight so that it faces south is a great way to retain heat. However, in the warmer months, you should consider blinds or shades to protect your mobile home from excessive sunlight.
Why are leaks in mobile home skylights so common?
Leaks are a common problem faced by both mobile and locally built homeowners with skylights. A leaky skylight can cause a variety of problems – from rotting and shaping roofs to warping and staining the walls.
Temperature changes are a common cause of skylight leaks. If the weather is too hot or too cold, sealant and lightning can contract and expand, causing water to seep through the cracks between the window and the frame. Snow and debris that builds up around a motorhome’s skylight can also cause leaks. This is because water trapped by a build-up of snow and debris will cause the rooftop terrace to deteriorate over time.
Identify skylight leaks
Now that you know how harmful skylight leaks are in your mobile home, how do you identify one? Identifying the origin of a leak can be difficult, especially if a leak has been previously repaired. However, spotting signs of a leak can help keep it from spiraling out of control.
Some common signs of a skylight leak are:
- Discoloration of the skylight
- Damaged frame or clapboard on the skylight
- Sponge roof terrace: When walking on the roof of your mobile home, watch out for areas that are soft or loose to the touch. This is one of the first signs of water damage to the flooring or wood.
- Loose or dry waterproofing
How to replace a skylight
Replacing a leaky skylight with a new one is usually a better option than trying to fix it. There are many skylight replacement videos available online, but we’ve put together some key tips. Tools and supplies you might need include a nailer, hammer, scissors, sealant, butyl tape, grace ice, and a water shield.
- First, position your new skylight over the roof opening
- Nail the deck seal into the roof terrace
- Attach the adhesive pad around the skylight
- Nail the step that flashes under the clapboard
It is wise to hire a professional to install a skylight
Replacing your skylight with yourself can be a great way to save money. However, if you are inexperienced with roofs or you are unsure, it is better to seek professional help. This is especially true if you’re trying to fix a leaky skylight. Improper repairs can even lead to further damage to your mobile home. Therefore, it is best to hire a professional to do the repair for you.
Now that you know more about skylights, it is up to you to decide whether or not it is a suitable addition to your mobile home. When you are ready to put the time and effort into maintaining your skylight, it’s time to choose one for your mobile home! However, if performing maintenance checks is too tedious and inconvenient for you, it may be best to reconsider getting a mobile home skylight.