How to Maintain an Electric Rooflight

An electric rooflight is a big investment, but one that will pay dividends and then some. Not only can you enjoy all the benefits of a rooflight installation, but you experience better useability due to the system’s electric motor. 

Opening and closing your rooflight to ensure proper ventilation in the summer, for example, is far less strenuous.

After investing in a rooflight system, it is important to implement a maintenance routine in order to keep the unit in pristine condition. Staying on top of the upkeep of your rooflight system will help to maximise your property’s resale value, should you decide to put your home on the market. 

If you have only recently had your electric rooflight installed, you may be wondering what rooflight maintenance consists of. What’s more, you may be wondering how, exactly, rooflight cleaning is performed. 

Today, the team at The Rooflight Centre is going to guide you through the above questions and offer practical suggestions on cleaning and maintenance.

I Have Installed an Electric Rooflight: How Do I Maintain It?

Rooflight cleaning, as well as general rooflight maintenance, is the easiest way to ensure your product stands the test of time. After investing in a rooflight system, it is natural to want to get your money’s worth. We get it. 

The good news is, maintaining and cleaning your product is relatively simple. We can say this with confidence, having operated within the industry for a number of years. 

We will expand on the cleaning aspect of maintenance later on in the article. For now, we want to outline the main difference between standard and electric rooflight maintenance. 

Your electric system is built with a motor, which makes the process of opening and closing your window, thus ventilating the room, far easier. 

Because of the inbuilt electronics, maintaining this type of system requires some extra care and attention. Some things you may be able to do yourself, such as lubricating drive wheels to ensure smooth operation. Additionally, you will be able to ensure any runners are free of debris with ease. And of course, you can ensure your rooflight is clean (see below).

Other tasks, such as examining the travel alignment and diagnosing motor/ drive malfunctions, may require the help of an expert. We would encourage you to try the day to day maintenance tasks yourself. 

For more technical tasks, such as fixing electrical issues, we would encourage you to enlist the help of an expert such as ourselves. Some aspects of the design require a technical insight, which is not necessarily possessed by the average consumer. 

We use our years of installation experience to diagnose and outline any electrical faults efficiently. Moreover, we are always happy to offer maintenance recommendations and product advice should you require it. 

Portrait of homemade glass cleaner

And What About Rooflight Cleaning?

There are a number of ways that you can approach cleaning. If you do not have the time, and you have the disposable funds, it may be wise to hire a window cleaner who has worked at heights before. 

Many people do prefer to complete any cleaning themselves, which is perfectly acceptable. If working at heights, we recommend moving safely and carefully. Additionally, you will need to invest in a sturdy, specialist roof ladder. 

When you come to approach rooflight cleaning, we recommend to avoid using any abrasive cleaners or cleaning tools. Instead, the glass will benefit from a quality glass cleaner and soft cloth. The frame, on the other hand, can be cleaned using a sponge and a mild detergent. 

If you are feeling creative, there are a number of resources available online which demonstrate how to prepare a homemade glass cleaner. This may save you a trip to the shop, as well as a few pounds, as they often make use of common items around the house.

For the best results, we would encourage you to consider the weather conditions. Cleaning in the midday sun, on a warm summer day, is likely to dry any cleaning solution quicker than it can be wiped away. This will result in streaky windows, which is far from ideal. 

The Industry’s Leading Supplier of Electric Rooflights

We hope you enjoyed the article, and have a better understanding of how to clean and maintain your electric powered rooflight.

We are a team of specialists and pride ourselves on offering some of the best contemporary rooflights available today. With years of installation experience, a large portfolio of clients and a broad product offering, we are equipped to deliver quality every time. Contact a member of our team today to start your journey. From product recommendations to pricing, we are available to support you.

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