Skylight Inspection | Embassy Suites Walnut Creek

  • 1345 Treat Blvd
  • Walnut Creek,
  • CA
  • 94597

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An Embassy Suites by Hilton Skylight Inspection and Certification.  

An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 3/6/2017 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Jon Kolenc.

One (1) 72’ x 100’ (nominal) glass, ridge, structural, Original skylight.

  • Glazing: Monolithic polycarbonate, clear, single glazed, not fall protected.
  • Structure: Adequate spacing and size structural aluminum frame.
  • Anchors: Adequate anchor size and count around perimeter.
  • Curbs: Adequate height and flashing in good shape.
  • Flashing: Needs replaced due to peeling finish, caulking cannot seal to the metal properly.
  • Evaluation: This skylight is at a low pitch which causes dirt build up and also is more susceptible to leaking. The system was wet sealed within the last ten years or so, however the caulking is pulling loose because the paint or finish is peeling off the aluminum; which causes the caulking to pull away and lose its seal. Additionally, some of the glass units are losing their internal seals and are fogging between panes. The skylight would need a thorough cleaning prior to determining how many units are failed. There are approximately 336- 2’ x 10’ nominal units.
  • Rating: 7 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 20-30 years, depending upon repairs made and/or glazing replaced.

Recommendation:

The two best long-term solutions for the skylight issues are:

  • Replacing all caps and flashing with metal that will not peel and then cleaning and re-sealing the skylight. This solution will provide many years of leak proof service. The caulking seal between clean glass and clean anodized aluminum should last 20-25 years before needing a new wet seal. Failed glass units will need to be replaced every five years or so until all failed units have been replaced with new units.
  • Replace the glass panels with a translucent fiberglass skylight. There is a manufacturer that can supply a product that will fit over the existing structural members, at the same low pitch, that will replace the existing glass skylight. The benefits are better quality translucent light that should last 20-30 years before needing any replacement. Maintenance includes cleaning every 5-7 years and re-coating with a new gel coat after 20 years or so. The process is done completely from the outside and is relatively inexpensive to apply.
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Skylight Inspection | The Fess Parker

  • 633 E Cabrillo Blvd
  • Santa Barbara,
  • CA
  • 93103

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A Doubletree by Hilton Skylight Inspection and Certification.  

An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 3/17/2017 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Rob Packard.

 One (1) 8’ x 30’ (nominal) monolithic polycarbonate, barrel vault, structural, original skylight.

  • Glazing: Monolithic polycarbonate, clear, single glazed, not fall protected.
  • Structure: Adequate spacing and size structural aluminum frame.
  • Anchors: Adequate anchor size and count around perimeter.
  • Curbs: Adequate height and flashing in good shape.
  • Evaluation: The polycarbonate glazing is beyond its life span, including yellowing and cracks which have formed at the edges.
  • Flashing: Metal flashing; adequate in condition.
  • Rating: 3 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 1-3 years.
  • Recommendation: Replace the glazing material. Reuse existing framing and caps.

 Two (2) 5’ x 30’ (nominal) glass, single slope, structural, original skylight.

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  • Glazing: Glass, laminate, clear, single glazed, fall protected.
  • Structure: Adequate spacing and size structural aluminum frame.
  • Anchors: Adequate anchor size and count around perimeter.
  • Curbs: Adequate height.
  • Evaluation: Skylight is in adequate shape except for the glazing that was broken during the inspection. Inspector required access to evaluate the barrel vault skylight above the single sloped skylight and was walking on the caps which should have prevented glass from breaking.
  • Flashing: Metal flashing; adequate in condition.
  • Rating: 8 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 10-25 years.

One (1) 28’ x 28’ (nominal) glass, octagon, structural, original skylight.

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  • Glazing: Glass, laminate, clear, single glazed, fall protected. 
  • Structure: Adequate spacing and size structural aluminum frame.
  • Anchors: Adequate anchor size and count around perimeter.
  • Curbs: Adequate height.
  • Flashing: Adequate height.
  • Evaluation: This skylight should never need replaced; however, some work may need to be done on the flashing to roof connection. The flashing/tile connection may require maintenance or re-work if leaks are noticed around the base. The skylight has been wet sealed and is in basically good condition although it could use a good cleaning of the glass.
  • Rating: 8 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 10-25 years.

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Skylight Inspection | Hilton Woodland Hills

  • 6360 Canoga Ave
  • Woodland Hills,
  • CA
  • 91367

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Hilton Hotel Skylight Inspection and Certification 

An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 3/14/2017 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Rob Packard.

The skylight was originally installed on curbs that are too low to the roof. This can be a problem during re-roofs. We recommend that a skylight expert be consulted prior to roof replacement to insure a successful transition between the roof and the skylight.

One (1) 12’ x 31’ (nominal) glass, segmented barrel vault, structural, original skylight.

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  • Glazing: Tinted laminate, bronze tint, single glazed, fall protected.
  • Structure: Adequate spacing and size structural aluminum frame.
  • Anchors: Adequate anchor size and count around perimeter.
  • Curbs: Curbs low to roof.
  • Evaluation: Skylight is in acceptable condition no work needed.
  • Flashing: Metal flashing; adequate in condition.
  • Rating: 8 of 10
  • The skylight has been wet sealed within the last few years and should be maintenance free for the next five years, other than cleaning.

 One (1) 24’ x 80’ (nominal) glass, segmented barrel vault, structural, original skylight.

The skylight was originally installed on curbs that are too low to the roof. This can be a problem during re-roofs. We recommend that a skylight expert be consulted prior to roof replacement to insure a successful transition between the roof and the skylight.

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  • Glazing: Tinted laminate, bronze tint, single glazed, fall protected.
  • Structure: Adequate spacing and size structural aluminum frame.
  • Anchors: Adequate anchor size and count around perimeter.
  • Curbs: Curbs low to roof.
  • Evaluation: Skylight is in acceptable condition no work needed.
  • Flashing: Metal flashing; adequate in condition.
  • Rating: 8 of 10
  • The skylight has been wet sealed within the last few years and should be maintenance free for the next five years, other than cleaning.

 One (1) 10’ x 80’ (nominal) glass, single slope, structural, original skylight.

  • Glazing: Glass, clear, Single Glazed, fall protected. 
  • Structure: Access unavailable.
  • Anchors: Access unavailable.
  • Curbs: Access unavailable. 
  • Evaluation: This skylight has had aftermarket tinting applied, some of which does not match in color or tint. Otherwise the skylight is in good shape.
  • Flashing: Access unavailable. 
  • Rating: 8 of 10
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Construction | Lausanne Condos

  • 3215 Gulf Shore Blvd N
  • Naples,
  • FL
  • 34103
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Setting the Glazing 1

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Setting the Glazing 2

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Setting the Glazing 3

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Setting the Glazing 4

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Setting the Glazing 5

Erecting the New Skylight.

It starts on the ground.

The primary frame pieces will be assembled on the ground. These are the pieces that will position everything else. The fit around the elevator and access columns is critical.

The lift into position.

With temporary braces to keep it square, it’s time to go topside.

Frame work progresses.

With the successful placement of the primary rafters, the remaining rafters are brought up to the roof and set into place one by one. and positioned and permanently anchored.  All of the rest of the frame was completed, fastening it to the four shafts.

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Success! | Setting the Glazing.

Time is needed to install all the rubber gasketing onto the frame and to also make sure the frame is caulked properly and cleaned prior to setting the glass. The glazing is actually set quite quickly, although time is needed to install silicone butt joints as you go.

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In Progress | Flashing – Weather-Proofing

Flashing is what connects the glass to the curb and to the shafts in a watertight fashion. It is not as fun or as dramatic as setting glass, however it is a very important part of the process in order to have a weatherproof project for many decades to come.

Prep for Safety | Lausanne Condos

  • 3215 Gulf Shore Blvd N
  • Naples,
  • FL
  • 34103

Protecting the residents.

First things first, we take our safety very seriously. That means a safety plan that includes warning line barriers, and a debris net to catch anything that might fall or get dropped accidentally down into the courtyard.

We also protected the elevators from water damage.

We also designed and built a custom made, specialty nylon mesh tarp, to perfectly fit the opening in the roof.

Protecting our technicians.

This project will have a 100% tie-off for our workers that operate out over the opening.

Preparing for the next phase | Demolition.

Demolition | Lausanne Condos

  • 3215 Gulf Shore Blvd N
  • Naples,
  • FL
  • 34103
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Frame Demo 1

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Frame Demo 2

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Frame Demo 3

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Frame Demo 4

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Frame Demo 5

The Crew Has Been Busy with Demo Work.

While our specialists have been setting the safety anchors, the rest of the crew were busy at roof level. Caps have been removed and the acrylic lenses removed.

Detaching the frame proceeds pretty quickly.

Off with the Old.

With the framework detached and lift straps in place, the frame is lifted in one piece and moved to the ground.

Temporary Work Platform.

Another piece of the project that has been taking place simultaneously with the work above is the construction of a temporary platform. This platform, constructed of two large I-beams and plywood decking, will be used throughout the erection of the framework of the new skylight.

With the platform in place, it’s time for the construction phase.

Prepping for the next phase | On with the New.

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In Progress | Frame pieces are being prepared for the initial assembly and lift to roof.

Careful planning has paid off and the “fun” work is about to begin!

Skylight Inspection | Cache Valley Mall

  • 1300 N Main St
  • Logan,
  • UT
  • 84341

Skylight Inspection and Certification

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An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 7/26/2016 by Skylight Specialists, Inc.
Represented by Rob Packard.

Skylights on the site:

  1. 2 Glass Saddle Ridge Skylights  – insulated glass units with frit pattern. Total 148 glass units. 
  2. 14 Unit Pyramid Skylights in Clusters – bronze over clear, acrylic, curb mount, 5’ x 5’ nominal. Three clusters of 4 ea and one cluster of 2 ea.
  3. 12 Unit Pyramid Skylights – White over clear,  acrylic, curb mount, 4’ x 4’ nominal. 

What We Found:

  1. Glass Skylights:
    1. The skylight frame and flashing are in good shape.
    2. All glass units have failed seals and show fogged glass. About 10% -15% have visibly etched glass. 
  2. Cluster Skylights:
    1. Roofers have disassembled and reassembled skylights. 
    2. Gasketing, silicone and fasteners are not up to manufacturers specifications. Screws are missing or placed incorrectly, incorrect fasteners used, etc. 
    3. The skylight frames were fit tight to the curbs which can cause expansion/contraction problems with the frames and lenses. 
    4. Gutters were replaced with the same material as the roofing. They retain water but are in good condition, no leaks reported. 
  3. Unit Skylights: All units are in good shape; however the shaft openings are blocked on the interior.
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Skylight Certification | Hilton Cincinnati Airport

  • 7373 Turfway Rd
  • Florence,
  • KY
  • 41042

Skylight Inspection and Certification

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An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 12/28/2016 by Skylight Specialists, Inc.
Represented by Rob Packard.

Skylights on the site:

  1. One (1) 14’ x 23’ (nominal) glass single sloped skylight.
  2. Sixteen (16) skylights – 4’ x 155’ (nominal total linear feet) with various sizes of saddle ridge (2) and curb mount (14) with bent-acrylic ridges.

What We Found:

  1. Two panes were discovered to be cracked and there are probably more but a good cleaning is required to see all the cracks. 
  2. The acrylic skylights are single glazed acrylic which is a serious fall hazard and not up to code. The glazing has visible signs of dirt and debris on the interior. Source is from large weep holes that let dirt and snow blow in. The skylights are not energy efficient. 
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Unit Skylight Retrofit – Promontory Condominiums

  • 7000 E Quincy Ave
  • Denver,
  • CO
  • 80237

Hail Damaged Barrel Vault Skylights.

Promontory Condominiums is located in extreme southeast  Denver near the intersection of I-25 and I-225. There are six buildings comprising 72 units, situated on 7.5 acres of land.

Each building has three barrel vault skylights that were severely damaged earlier this year during one of Colorado’s violent hailstorms and require a unit skylight retrofit.

We Will Supply and Install Custom Skylight Retrofits.

The skylights are being manufactured by American Skylights. This company takes a different approach to skylights—all skylights are made to order. With accurate measurements, a perfect fit is insured. With a delivery time of two to three weeks. An economical skylight with very good value for the buck.

The Surrounding Metal.

As you see in the images above, each skylight curb sits atop another curb. This curb is flashed in metal that has been abused by hail and time. We will be replacing that metal in addition to the skylight retrofits.

Product Used:

  • American Skylights:
  • (18) 27.5″ x 255.5″ bronze / clear 6 bay barrel vault skylights with vertical ends.

Results:

Fiberglass Skylight Repair | Seagate Technology

  • 389 Disc Dr
  • Longmont,
  • CO
  • 80503

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Fiberglass Skylight Repairs or Replacement?

We continuously come across this problem of replacing failed fiberglass skylights and the price tag that brings to the unsuspecting building owner. They really don’t budget for skylight failure when their buildings are only fifteen years old. (or in some cases older)

In this case the replacement price tag was simply not within the budget. But fortunately we do have a way to extend the life of the skylight, for at least another five to seven years, that costs much less.

What We Will Do:

  • We clean off all caulking and dirt from the panels
  • The panels have to be completely dry and above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • We cover the exterior skin with a two-part UV rated resin called gel coat. This protects and weatherproofs the fiberglass.
  • We then apply new silicone sealants to the edges of caps and flashings for a permanent watertight seal.

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Results:

  • Awaiting Completion

• Design/Build • Repair-Replace-Retrofit • Consulting