Condensation on window

Skylight Condensation

If your skylight (roof light) appears to be leaking, this might not be the case.  It could be a leak, but then it could be just condensation.  If the only time you notice water dripping from your skylight is during extreme temperature changes rather than when it’s raining, then your problem is probably CONDENSATION. 

Skylight (roof light) condensation would be the clue that you have excessive moisture in your home. Condensation occurs when there is a big temperature difference between the INSIDE and OUTSIDE of the home (winter time). Simply, the moisture in the air (form of gas), is cooled down when it hits the window and then turns into a liquid (condensation).

Excessive moisture in one area of your home could mean the same thing in other parts.  Clear signs of too much condensation (moisture) are:

  • Paint with excessive blistering or peeling
  • Structural wood in your walls that is rotting
  • Walls and window seats with mildew

So excessive moisture means increased speeds of deterioration in and around the home.  To stop such a process in its tracks, take some or all of the following steps:

  • Insulate your home.
  • Check your furnace to be sure it is allowing in fresh air.
  • Open your curtains to allow the circulation of air.
  • Open your windows for an hour or two every day.
  • Install extractor fans in your bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Ceiling fans.
  • Check your appliances to be sure that moist air is being correctly vented (ex. dryers).
  • Insulate your home.

Now is the time to check your skylights (roof lights) and other areas of your home for excessive moisture and condensation. Catch it early before significant damage occurs.  If you have any other questions you can contact AH Construction Professionals in the “Contact” section of this web site.