The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Commercial Skylight Maintenance

Skylights serve as an innovative architectural feature that not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of commercial buildings but also improves lighting and energy efficiency. Strategically integrating skylights into built environments such as office spaces, schools, restaurants, and healthcare facilities can significantly bolster a space’s functionality and elegance. However, like any building feature, they require regular maintenance to ensure peak performance and longevity.

The Good: Benefits of Commercial Skylight Maintenance

  • Longevity: A well-designed and properly maintained skylight can last 15 to 30 years or even longer. With regular inspections and diligent maintenance, a skylight can remain sound throughout the life of a building.
  • Energy Efficiency: Skylights offer superior energy efficiency and strength which makes this choice one based entirely on aesthetics. They help reduce the need for artificial lighting, thereby lowering energy costs.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Regular cleaning and maintenance keep skylights looking their best, enhancing the building’s overall appeal.

The Bad: Challenges in Commercial Skylight Maintenance

  • Drainage Issues: Ponding can occur around a skylight without proper drainage, possibly due to clogged gutters or sagging roof membranes. This may lead to water damage if not taken care of promptly.
  • Caulking Material Deterioration: Perimeter vinyl glazing materials can start to fail after years of extreme heat and direct sunlight.
  • Movement and Vibration: Kalwall fiberglass lightweight panels are easily installed, but they can move with vibration or seismic activity over the years. This progressive movement can create unexpected problems inside a building, such as water leakage.

The Ugly: Neglected Maintenance Consequences

  • Broken Glass: Failing to replace the broken glass in a skylight promptly can compromise the structural integrity of the skylight and pose safety hazards.
  • Premature Aging: Neglecting to re-caulk perimeters every 15 years can lead to premature aging of the skylight and potential leakage issues.
  • Loss of Warranty: Failing to adhere to recommended annual maintenance could potentially void the manufacturer’s warranty.

Preventive Maintenance

Whether you’re engaged in new construction, revitalizing a current space through building renovations, or enhancing tenant improvements, the addition of skylights can significantly elevate your surroundings.

The key to maintaining the beauty and functionality of commercial skylights lies in regular and proactive maintenance. Partner with an expert in glazing and glass installations, such as Giroux Glass, for professional advice and services tailored to your specific needs.

For more information on commercial skylight maintenance and how Giroux Glass can help you maintain the longevity and performance of your skylights, please get in touch with us.