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Old 09-15-2016, 01:17 PM   #1
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Leaking Skylight Over Shower

Before I do something crazy I thought I would ask the experts. I have a 2004 36' National RV Dolphin (Class A) with a domed skylight over the shower. Apparently it has been leaking for some time so instead of patching with more Dicor Self-Leveling Lap Sealant again, I pulled it off completely. I discovered the wood was wet for some time and have some rot (dang it!). From the outside I couldn't see why is was leaking but it definitely was.

I now have to cut out and replace some of the internal wood. We don't really need the extra light so I was thinking about just blocking off the hole (and not re-install the skylight). I really want to avoid future leaks if possible. The roof is fiberglass and the hole is about 14" X 22". Is this possible or am I asking for trouble?

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Do you not need the head room?
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I was constantly fighting leaks in my skylight so I took it off and replaced it with a sheet of aluminum and painted it white. I allowed about a 2" overhang all around the hole and sealed it with 2 rows of butyl tape then fastened it down with screws spaced every 2"-3". On the inside I cut off the top of the interior dome so it fit up against the aluminum so I didn't lose too much headroom.
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Mine was leaking with wood rot in the framing on two sides and the deck all around… So I took it out as part of my reroofing put in new framing new wood deck finish the roof with a new 14.5 x 14.5 opening and installed a Fan-tastic, with new ceiling... Dome holds moisture from shower, fan "should " remove it...
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As Tha mentioned. Usually, the skylight is there not because it offers light, but gives you and extra couple inches of headroom in the shower.

If thats not an issue, then cover it up.
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I recently replaced both my inner and outer skylights. If I had fit under the roof I would have gone with an aluminum sheet. Luckily my fleetwood is steel framing so there was no rot to deal with.
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I'm glad I asked, as usual great advice! I'm 5' 7" and tall compared to my wife (shorties). We don't come close to the ceiling so the headroom is not needed. I like the aluminum idea, should be easy to seal. So is the butyl tape the best way to seal the deal?

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This is what mine looks like inside. I cut the top off the dome and glued OUTDOOR carpet to the underside of the aluminum cover. The dome seals against the carpet. Works great.
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Looks good wackymac!
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