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Question DetailsAsked on 9/10/2020

I need to get my skylights replaced due to leaking, but my roof is also old. How much work do I actually need done?

My house was built in 1988 and I have two skylights in my living room, which I believe are original. During a rain storm one of the skylights started leaking. I started getting quotes to repair the skylights, but have been told I am better off replacing them due to age, as reflashing may not fix the leak. The roof on the house is also old, and will probably last another 3-5 years. One of the contractors explained that I would be better off replacing the skylights and that section of the roof (about 25% of the total roof), as only replacing the skylights at this time and replacing the roof later would likely comprise the new skylights while replacing the roof.

Is it recommended to replace the area of the roof that the skylights are in, or is it just fine to only do the skylights now, and the entire roof in a few years?

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