VELUX VMS Ridgelight | Greenwood Village

  • 6061 S Willow Dr
  • Greenwood Village,
  • CO
  • 80112

Velux Modular System (VMS) Ridgelights Will Replace Acrylic Barrel Valults.

Velux VMS modular glass skylights will replace the old barrel vault skylights on the new headquarters for AAA of Colorado.  

We Will:

Retrofit barrel vault skylights with Velux VMS modular glass skylights. The new space under these skylights will be the headquarters for a nationally known company, AAA of Colorado. Their request was to have a better skylight than a cheap barrel vault, but one that didn’t look too industrialized or institutional look to it. The obvious choice was the Velux Ridgelight.

The Modular System Represents a Significant Upgrade.

The system withstands weather extremes and is easy to install, therefore it lowers costs. And because it has one of the lowest overall U-values for frame and glazing assembly on the market, it will continue to save money.

Product Used:

  • Four VELUX HFC Ridgelight skylight systems.
  • Sixteen fixed modules size 35.4″ x 55.1″ per skylight.
  • Low E³ glass.

Results:

  • Awaiting completion.

MAGS BAR | Rhode Island Residence

  • Narragansett,
  • RI
  • 02882

MAGS BAR retrofit in a custom color.

We were contacted by a contractor in the Narragansett, RI area where they had a residential customer that had experienced long-term leaks from the custom glazing in the bathroom.

The skylight was in such bad shape that they removed and temporarily covered the opening to avoid any more damage to the interior. After discussing their options with us they were able to re-frame—replacing all the rotten lumber and insulation.

The owner also preferred a lighter color look to the exterior of the skylight which is easily solved by having the exterior beauty or snap caps custom matched to the paint on their home.

What We Are Doing:

  • Remove the temporary cover and install MAGS BAR.
  • Tie MAGS BAR into the roofing and siding utilizing copper flashing.
  • Install contractor supplied glass.

Product Used:

  • MAGS BAR custom glazing system by Skylight Specialists, Inc.
  • Custom color snap cap—Platinum Gray by Benjamin Moore.
  • Zinc coated copper flashing.
  • Low E³ glass.

Results:

Awaiting completion of the job.

  • The contractor waited for a major storm before providing feedback. He couldn’t have been happier, especially with no leaks and the custom color, which the homeowners were delighted with.

MAGS BAR Pyramid Retrofit | Golden

  • 1707 Cole Blvd
  • Golden,
  • CO
  • 80401

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The Cole Center

The Cole Center is a modern office complex composed of three buildings in the Denver West neighborhood in Golden, Co . Each building is topped with a large glass, pyramid skylight. 

Recent hail storms damaged the beauty caps and flashing.

MAGS BAR Retrofit:

  • Remove and replace all hail damaged metal including beauty caps.

Product Used:

  • MAGS BAR custom glazing system by Skylight Specialists, Inc.

Results:

  • Awaiting completion.

Benefits:

  • Correct the daylighting and solar heat levels required for the space.
  • Reduce dependence on electric lighting—increase energy savings.
  • The owners love the energy savings provided by the new skylights.
  • Increase the facility’s property value.
  • Healthy, natural daylight in the space with soft translucent light and accurate color rendition.
  • No required maintenance or re-coating costs—individual exterior panels  are easily replaced.
  • In work environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase productivity.
  • In retail environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase sales by as much as 40%.
  • In classroom environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase students performance.

Skylight Retrofit | Hilton Brentwood/Nashville

  • 9000 Overlook Blvd
  • Brentwood,
  • TN
  • 37027

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Brentwood, TN Hilton Opts for a MAGS BAR Retrofit.

An onsite skylight survey and inspection made on 8/25/2016 revealed multiple problems.

Both the inboard and outboard lights have crazing, cracking and all skylights show signs of condensation. Additionally, the skylights are not fall protected.

Numerous attempted repairs have been made to the skylights,  by others, although none have been effective.  The “repairs”  consist of dumping on tar or mastic and using the wrong sealants. We even see roofing tape ( with large holes in it caused by animals) and rubber backer rod to ineffectively help with gutters and other problems.

Skylights on the Site to be Replaced with MAGS BAR :

  • (2) 19’ x 19’ (nominal) structural, acrylic, pyramid skylights. These are in a saw tooth pattern and in a cluster. These skylights are located over the hotel atrium.
  • (2) 10’ by 10’ (nominal) structural, acrylic, pyramid skylights. These skylights are located over the pool. 

The Retrofit:

All four skylights will be replaced with our MAGS BAR system with polycarbonate dome sets. The work eliminates any gutters and re-flashes the exterior of the curb to the new roofing. These changes  will make the skylight leakproof now and long into the future. 

Failed Fiberglass Retrofit | City of Loveland

  • 200 N Wilson Ave
  • Loveland,
  • CO
  • 80537

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Extreme fiber blooming creates need for new Quadwall polycarbonate retrofit.

This building is part of the City of Loveland Water and Power facility. The building’s skylight has degraded to the point that replacement is the only option. While there is some yellowing, the major problem is fiber blooming.

Fiberglass skylights are protected from the elements by a coating sometimes referred to as “gel coat”. The coating has a UV blockage component to help prevent the sun’s rays from damaging the fiberglass and causing fiber bloom. The gel coat is subject to  degradation, and as it does so, the glass fibers come to the surface and “bloom”.

What We Will Do:

Replace the existing Major Industries fiberglass skylight with a CPI Daylighting polycarbonate skylight.

Product Used:

  • CPI 4″ Quadwall Single Slope Skylight.
  • 11.92′ odc x 270.00′.

Results:

  • Awaiting completion of the job.

Benefits:

  • Correct the daylighting and solar heat levels required for the space.
  • Reduce dependence on electric lighting—increase energy savings.
  • The owners love the energy savings provided by the new skylights.
  • Increase the facility’s property value.
  • Healthy, natural daylight in the space with soft translucent light and accurate color rendition.
  • No required maintenance or re-coating costs—individual exterior panels  are easily replaced.
  • In work environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase productivity.
  • In retail environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase sales by as much as 40%.
  • In classroom environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase students performance.

Colorado Springs Airport | Phase Two

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Phase Two is off to a great start!

The July 28, 2016 hailstorm that smashed Colorado Springs wreaked havoc on the airport’s original canopies and walkways. The second phase is to replace the old, wide-cell, polycarbonate product with new Nano-Cell® technology. We do not need to replace the aluminum framing, just switch out the glazing with new Pentaglas panels.

Phase Two deals with the replacement of the hail damaged canopies and walkways along the exterior of the terminal.  You can see in the pictures the differences between the old damaged panels and the new Pentaglas® Nano-Cell® Glazing.

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Skylight Repair | Columbia Greystone

  • 200 Stoneridge Dr
  • Columbia,
  • SC
  • 29210

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Embassy Suites by Hilton in Columbia, SC Opts for Skylight Repair.  

An onsite skylight survey and inspection made on 6/8/2017 revealed several issues with the existing barrel vault skylights.

The crew replaces all outer lenses.

All outer acrylic lenses on all 26 skylights will be replaced with new polycarbonate lenses and will include new gaskets and sealants. Total lens replacement is 96 panels plus two end walls have cracked exterior clear lenses.

The weather cooperated and the project was completed on schedule.

The results are dramatic.

Colorado Springs Airport | Phase One

MapOverviewPhase Two

Phase one is off to a great start!

The July 28, 2016 hailstorm that smashed Colorado Springs wreaked havoc on the airport’s original skylights. The first phase is to replace the old, wide-cell, polycarbonate product with new Nano-Cell® technology. We do not need to replace the aluminum framing, just switch out the glazing with new Pentaglas panels.

Phase Two

Before and After Shots

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Skylight Inspection | Beachwood, OH

  • 3775 Park E Dr
  • Beachwood,
  • OH
  • 44122

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An Embassy Suites by Hilton Skylight Inspection and Certification.

An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 7/7/2017 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Josh Hannon.

Skylight Manufacturer: Unknown.
Three (3) 21’ x 80’ (nominal) fiberglass, extended ridge, curb mount, 80’s era skylights.

  • Glazing: Fiberglass, single glazed, not fall protected.
  • Structure: Adequate spacing and size structural aluminum frame.
  • Anchors: Anchoring system is rusted and requires further discovery.
  • Curbs: Curbs low to roof.
  • Flashing: Metal flashing; adequate in condition.
  • Evaluation: Skylights are showing their age; they are yellowing and exhibiting fiber bloom.
  • Rating: 4 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 3-5 years.
  • Recommendation: A complete wet seal would repair and prevent leaks for the expected life span. Replacement should be considered.

Skylight Manufacturer: WASCO.
Ten (10) 5’ x 5’ acrylic, pyramid, curb mount, 80’s era skylights.

  • Glazing: Acrylic, bronze tint, dual glazed, not fall protected .
  • Anchors: Adequate anchor size and count around perimeter.
  • Curbs: Adequate height.
  • Flashing: EPDM roofing wraps curb and is in decent condition.
  • Rating: 3 of 10
  • Expected Life Span:1-3 years.
  • Recommendation: One of the skylights is leaking and should be replaced. All skylights show multiple attempts to repair past leaks and should be replaced to prevent future issues and to provide fall protection. 

Skylight Manufacturer: Unknown.
One (1) 9’ x 20’ (nominal) glass with reflective film, single slope, structural, 80’s era skylight.

  • Glazing: Glass with reflective film, bronze tint.
  • Structure: Perimeter supported, adequate.
  • Anchors: Adequate anchor size and count around perimeter.
  • Flashing: Metal flashing shows signs of water penetration on ceiling above system.
  • Rating: 6.5 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 1-3 years.
  • Recommendation: Further investigation into flashing issues would require some disassembly of the unit. One should be prepared to make repairs or re-flash the unit, if necessary, at that time.
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Hail Damaged Polycarbonate Skylights | Colorado Springs Airport

  • 7770 Milton E Proby Pkwy
  • Colorado Springs,
  • CO
  • 80916

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Hail Damage of Airport’s Vintage Polycarbonate Panels Forces a Re-skin Solution.

Colorado Springs (COS) Airport is a city-owned public civil-military airport 6 miles southeast of downtown Colorado Springs, CO. It is the second busiest airport in the state. The airport is co-located with Peterson Air Force Base. 

The three-level, 275,000 square-foot, 12 gate terminal facility opened in 1994. Numerous skylights and large windows provide panoramic views of Pikes Peak and Colorado’s Front Range.

The July 28, 2016 hailstorm that smashed Colorado Springs was the sixth-most damaging event in Colorado history, triggering $352.8 million in claims for damage to homes and vehicles and damaging the old wide-cell polycarbonate and fiberglass skylights at the airport.

What We Are Doing at the Airport:

The first phase is to replace the old wide-cell polycarbonate product with new Nano-Cell® technology and finally, the second phase is replacing the fiber glass skylights. In both cases we do not need to replace the aluminum framing, just switch out the glazing.

Security Comes First.

This is a very strictly controlled site. To begin with, the staging area we created is surrounded by chain link fencing. A container for materials and one for our tools, a job trailer and our forklift are kept in this area. All debris and trash has to be contained 100% of the time. It cannot escape onto the tarmac where the airplanes are located, for obvious reasons.

All personnel have to be fingerprinted and screened and attend classes about the rules and regulations of operating in a secured environment. They are informed that their actions could cost lives if they do not do their job properly. Additionally, they are taught about security and how to move through the airport properly, without setting off alarms and having security personnel confront them. No one can work on the site without going through these steps.

Safety Is Equally Important.

All debris has to be accounted for and none can leave the rooftop. Down below the skylights, inside the building, each section of skylights that we replace must be separated from the public with orange fencing, cones and signs. Our own people are stationed inside this area 100% of the time to ensure security for the public.

Many work areas are over escalators or main entrances that cannot be shut down, therefore the work is performed at night in these areas to reduce the number of people that are inconvenienced by the closures.

Additionally, many areas have artwork hanging below the skylights which cannot be removed or protected. Extreme care will be required to avoid damaging these unique pieces of art.

Detailed Planning Is a Necessity.

Needless to say, all of these details requires detailed planning and coordination with the airport personnel. Including TSA personnel, who take their job very seriously.

And, the job has to stay on schedule. We have 75 days to secure the materials and to perform the first phase of the work. This includes dealing with afternoon thunderstorms which seem to come at the beginning of every day of scheduled nighttime work! But, that is our job and we do it well. The job is on schedule, and is, in fact, a little ahead of schedule.

Product Used:

  • CPI Daylighting translucent, polycarbonate, Pentaglas panels.

THE PENTAGLAS SYSTEM

Pentaglas® panels are specially formulated to suit the demanding performance requirements of the North American architectural market for panel thicknesses, fire performance and co-extruded UV protection.

  1. Main polycarbonate panels 2’ nominal widths, extruded with Nano-Cell® technology and with standing seam, 5/8” (115mm) upstands protruding 90° to the panel face.
  2. Grip-lock double tooth design of snap-on and interlocking dryglazed profiles.
  3. Concealed patented HD stainless steel and aluminum retention clips utilizing continuous top flanges.
  4. Structural supporting systems.
  5. Variety of perimeter aluminum engagement profiles
CPI Pentaglas

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