Replacement skylight- not the same size?

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Replacement skylight- not the same size?

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I've got an 80's construction townhouse, which means quite a bit was built as close to, or just below grade, as possible it seems.

Recently, my skylight started leaking, so long story short I had a roofing company come out to replace it. The roofing company told me that the interior work would be my responsibility, though they could send someone out to work on it at additional cost. I wasn't expecting much, maybe a little drywall replacement, so that seemed fine.

We were home for them to start the job but had to leave. Well, when I get home, I find that the replacement skylight was not the same size.

As far as I can tell, they took a skylight that's about 2" wider on two sides (so 4" wider total) and half an inch wider on the other sides, and just sort of plopped the curb onto the roof. I think they sealed it properly, from what I can tell, but what I end up with is an interior where I can poke my head up and look at about 1/2-2" of my roof on each side. Even the shingle is still there!

Now, am I crazy, or is this not the right way to go about it? The interior work isn't just replacement of drywall at this point, I'd have to substantially widen the shaft all around the entrance, which wouldn't be a simple task.

What are my other options?
 
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Old 02-10-14, 06:31 AM
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Welcome to the forums Tim!

pics would be helpful - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html

Did you know going in that the replacement skylight would be larger than the existing? Have you paid them in full yet? I'd like to hear their explanation as to why the replacement is so much larger. One of the more important aspects of the install is how they flashed/sealed the exterior.
 
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I'll get some pictures up tonight. I haven't paid yet, because I didn't know they were installing a substantially different skylight. I'm not really sure how to approach this conversation with them, though, as I only want to ask for what was fair out of the agreement, not anything more. But I certainly wasn't expecting to have to cut joists to have this project finished.
 
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You should have been informed before hand if the new skylight was going to be significantly different in size! You shouldn't have to reframe the roof opening to fit their over sized skylight. You might call a supplier or two and see what sizes are available.
 
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Did they at least header off the cut they made in the rafter so your left with a rectangular shaped hole with 2X's showing?
 
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You didn't provide any measurements of the old one so.... hard to say, but I am guessing that they probably don't make every size of skylight that they used to have back in the 80's.

Is the new one a Velux?

Joe, it doesn't sound like they altered any framing inside, (as they said, interior work is homeowner's responsibility) they put the skylight on top of a new curb that sits on top of the roof sheathing.

In the end, it really doesn't matter that the skylight is bigger. The only way you can see it is if you put your head up in there. The last few skylights I have changed have been the same way and we have just added either a 1x2 or 1x4 Azek trim around the interior perimeter of the skylight to cover up the old trim lines. Looks great from below. Who cares what it looks like from above!
 
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