Burnett Residence Skylight Repair

  • 85 Ponte Vedra Blvd
  • Ponte Vedra Beach,
  • FL
  • 32082

How To Find An Expert Skylight Contractor To Repair Your Skylight

A homeowner in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL had a big skylight problem and wanted to find an expert skylight contractor.

She built this dream home herself in 1985 on the shores of the Atlantic. The award-winning home has a ridge skylight that highlights the entry, main staircase and central common area of the home.

The skylight, now over twenty years old needed some help. The glass had lost its seal and was fogged and unsightly. Her biggest problem? No one in her area had the expertise to perform the skylight repair properly.

And that’s where Skylight Specilaits, Inc., an expert skylight contractor, came in.

Solution:

  • After an initial phone consultation, we had the homeowner send pictures and other data on her skylight.
  • We evaluated her project and quoted her a preliminary price.
  • Based upon the preliminary information she committed to a fee for the initial onsite inspection and evaluation.
  •  We measured all the glass while onsite during the preliminary site evaluation.
  • Our preliminary reports were accurate and we provided a contract at the quoted price.
  • We ultimately re-glazed the skylight, as the original framing was adequate and still had a decent life-span remaining.

Product Used:

  • Safety glass that has reflective tint and insulated units with dual-seal technology.
  • Dow Corning 795 silicone structural sealant.

Results:

  • The skylight glass was replaced one piece at a time—reducing any exposure risk.
  • The skylight was wet sealed—providing a long term leak proof condition.
  • The owner was so satisfied that she had us return to repair her atrium skylight and the glass wall in her master bathroom.

Benefits:

  • Correct the daylighting and solar heat levels required for the space.
  • The owner loves the energy savings provided by the new skylights.
  • Increase the facility’s property value.
  • Healthy, natural daylight in the space. Soft translucent light. Accurate color rendition.

Holiday Inn Hotel Skylight Retrofit

  • 148 Sheraton Drive
  • New Cumberland,
  • PA
  • 17070

Damaged Hotel Skylight by Well-Meaning Hotel Employee

The problem with the hotel skylight was monumental and it was self-created because the owner’s own employee claimed that he could fix it. Fix it he did!

This skylight was originally designed to slide open to provide air into the space above the swimming pool.  As these skylights age they need maintenance on the operable components. The problem is no one knows how to properly perform these repairs (We do). The owner asked that we keep them non-operable because previous repairs had immobilized the skylight.  Additionally, he had attempted a repair on the skylights while replacing his roof. The person responsible for this decided to run the roofing material up onto the skylights. Not only did it not work but the Holiday Inn Corporate told the owner that they would not keep the property as a Holiday Inn if he didn’t get this corrected promptly.

What We Did:

  • We provided a survey and consultation report. The owner originally thought that our repair costs were too high. I invited him to check around and get other quotes, which he did. He contacted me a few months later and commented that my prices were very reasonable!
  • We removed all the exterior steel which was designed to hold the operable skylight components. These were difficult to flash around and were no longer needed.
  • We altered the roofing so it was flashed in properly to the curb of the skylight.
  • We replaced all the acrylic on the skylights, getting custom bent shapes manufactured along with the domes.
  • We re-flashed the ends of the skylight so the owner would not have any issues with future air or water leaks. This is the area where the skylights used to slide over the top of the stationary part of the skylight.

Product Used:

    • 3/16″ Bronze Acrylic Ridge American Skylites
    • Replacement Domes, bronze outer, Acrylic, 76,1/2″ x 79,1/2″, 2 1/2″ flange, 14″ rise

Results:

  • The owner was able to afford the repair. (Replacement was too expensive for his budget)
  • The Holiday Inn people were very happy with the way the skylight now looked visually.
  • All leaks were repaired, permanently.

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.
  • No required maintenance or re-coating costs.

Disney Marina Hotel Skylight Repair

  • 1313 S Harbor Blvd
  • Anaheim,
  • CA
  • 92803

Round Skylights Take Special Consideration During Skylight Repair

These round skylights are located in the porte cochere for the Disney Marina Hotel. This is the area where you pull up in any kind of weather and unload your vehicle of passengers and cargo. There are beautiful stained glass globes that hang beneath these skylights that “glow” from the natural daylight. Very nice and elegant design.

After consulting with Disney personnel and performing  the survey it was determined that these skylights had basically reached the end of their lifetime and simply needed skylight repair. This work was performed as a typical maintenance issue and did not require additional work on the roof or structure.

Round skylights are typically self flashing skylights. The problem with self-flashing skylights is that they are embedded into the roofing and if are replaced require roofing work.

Additionally, the interior of the curb is round and is either exposed or has interior finish materials attached to it. Therefore, if replacing the entire skylight you also have to take into consideration the interior finish costs.

Solution:

  • We replaced 12- 88″ round skylight dome sets only.
  • Existing frames were cleaned and gasketing replaced.

Product Used:

  • American Skylites – clear over white dome sets

Results:

  • A project that was not complicated but still required coordination and proper custom sizing allowing for contraction and expansion.
  • The client was pleased with our responsiveness in both the consultation and the actual timeliness of the work.
  • The work was scheduled during off hours and the  public was protected by utilizing barricades and caution tape.

Benefits:

  • Correct daylighting and solar heat levels required for the space.
  • Healthy, natural daylight in the space with soft translucent light and accurate color rendition.
  • No required maintenance —individual dome sets are easily replaced.
  • Pleasant conditions for the public under a canopy that did not require additional lighting during the daytime – Saving energy costs.

Quadrangle Center Skylight Repair

  • 1000 S Main St
  • Salinas,
  • CA
  • 93901

Fix My Skylights Or We Are Moving!

Monterey County Department of Social Services couldn’t stand to have leaking skylights any longer. Their ultimatum to the owner was, fix my skylights, and fix them properly this time, or we are moving.

The owner took it to heart because they were the largest tenant he had. Two things were important to him:

  • Can you fix the leak?
  • Can you keep my costs down?

What We Did:

  • We avoided upfront costs by evaluating the problem from pictures provided by the owner. Once a contract was signed we visited the site to confirm conditions.
  • Once on the site, we found a different problem than what the pictures had shown.The good news was we could repair it for the same price.
  • The cluster system is one of the harder systems to work on because of the difficulty in maintaining positive water drainage. This client was lucky because of existing conditions.
  • Installed wedge shaped Styrofoam shims in the gutter to drain water to the outside. This can be tricky because the water needs to drain in two opposing directions.
  • Raised the curbs to create the space needed for the newly sloped gutters.
  • Painted the curbs prior to installation to reduce exposure to the elements when the skylights were removed.

Product Used:

  • Styrofoam wedges to increase the gutter’s slope.
  • Flintastic neoprene and granulated roofing material.

Results:

  • The owner expressed that he had told others many times, “Fix my skylights”. He had no idea that the problem was not the skylights but the gutters sloping to the middle of the skylight, instead of the edges. No one else could see that or knew how to fix that problem.
  • The work was done quickly, the problem of leaking “skylights” went away. (It was really the gutters that were leaking)

Benefits:

  • Increase the facility’s property value.
  • No required maintenance.

Foothills Academy School Skylights

  • 4725 Miller St
  • Wheat Ridge,
  • CO
  • 80033

School Skylights Add Daylight to Improve the Classroom  Environment.

When the school board decided to remodel its Art Department, one of its goals was to improve the quality of light in the classrooms by adding skylights.

Foothills Academy was a private school in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. It offered pre-kindergarten through Grade 12. The school was founded in 1984. and closed for good in 2011.

Solution:

Foothills Academy School Skylights

  • By using venting skylights from VELUX equipped with roller shades, the teachers have a great deal of control over the quantity and quality of the light entering the classroom.
  • In addition, the venting capability of the school skylights helped control the excess heat produced by the art kiln.

Product Used:

  • VELUX deck mounted, venting skylights equipped with roller shades.

Benefits:

  • Correct daylighting and solar heat levels required for the space—increased energy savings.
  •  Healthy, natural daylight in the space with soft translucent light and accurate color rendition.
  •  In classroom environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase students performance.

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