Velux Commercial Domes | Colorado

We Have a Number of Velux Dynamic Dome Projects Scheduled.

The hailstorm that hammered west metro Denver with golf ball and baseball sized stones on May 8, 2017 will rank as the most expensive catastrophe in state history. Commercial properties weren’t included in the $1.4 billion estimated damages—they were certainly not excluded from damage.

We will be using a variety of the new Velux commercial dome unit skylights—impact modified acrylic/polycarbonate – clear/white – smooth/prismatic—to replace damaged skylights.

15-year WARRANTY on LuxGuard options. Including breakage (hail breakage up to 2” in diameter).

Completed Projects:

Jefferson County Open Spaces Building

700 Jefferson County Pkwy
Golden, CO 80401

What We Did: Two Skylights <$4000.

Replace two existing skylights with two custom sized 4×8 foot nom. Velux CH2 LuxGuard double dome hip ridge clear polycarbonate over white polycarbonate skylights. 


LT Environmental

4600 W 60th Ave
Arvada, CO 80003

Mathews Family LLC

4700 W 60th Ave
Arvada, CO 80003

What We Did: Eight Skylights <$4500.

Replace a total of eight skylights with eight Velux Dynamic Dome CD2 3636 double dome, clear impact modified acrylic (IMA) over clear IMA skylights.


Villalobos Concrete

5472 Lincoln St
Denver, CO 80216

What We Did: Four Skylights <$3000

Removed the four existing skylights, then cleaned up the curbs and flashing. We replaced the old acrylic skylights with four CD2 4848 LuxGuard Dynamic Dome Skylights.
Clear polycarbonate over white prismatic.


Ogilvie Properties

2601 Blake St
Denver, CO 80205

What We Did:

Removed the existing skylight, raised the curb and replaced it with one Velux LuxGuard Dynamic Dome CD2 6072.
Clear polycarbonate over 50% white prismatic.

Re-flashed with roll roofing.


 

Re-Glaze Skylights | Mountain Plaza

  • 209 Ten Mile Cir
  • Copper Mountain,
  • CO
  • 80443

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Mountain Plaza Condominiums.

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The Mountain Plaza Condos are located In the heart of Copper Mountain Ski Resort’s Center Village, at the base of the American Eagle lift. The skylights on these units have reached their lifetime limit and are leaking. The management company in charge of maintenance covered them temporarily and started reaching out to see what were the best solutions.

It became evident that either a new skylight or new replacement glass was needed. The structure was in good shape and a re-glaze is less costly than a new skylight and the option that was chosen. However, to ensure a long term weatherproof condition, all the exterior caps are being replaced and the flashing, which was never installed correctly, is also being re-worked.

We Will Replace Glazing:

Remove existing skylight glazing and replace with new glazing, glazing caps and wet seal.

  • The installation of the existing flashing does not provide access to glazing caps around the perimeter, therefore, fixing this problem will allow us to replace the glass now and in the future.
  • Remove and replace glass, includes gasket inspection and renewal, if needed.
  • New glazing caps with snap caps hide all fasteners and prevent any water penetration through those fasteners.
  • A final silicone wet seal and a glass cleaning 

Product Used:

Re-Glaze and Re-Flash the Skylights.

Our crew has a nice flat roof to set up the tools necessary for cutting and bending metal. 

Window Replacement:

Another portion of the job is to replace several window units.

A VSS Solar Fresh Air Skylight Integrates into the System.

With it’s ability to provide venting and its touch control remote, this skylight is a smart addition! Because of its low profile, it blends seamlessly with the roof line.

Skylight Inspection | Rochester

  • 1111 Jefferson Rd
  • Rochester,
  • NY
  • 14623

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A DoubleTree by Hilton Skylight Inspection and Certification. 

An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 6/13/2017 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Josh Hannon.

238’ x 71’ (nominal) – 500+ sections of glazing (glass, single slope, structural aluminum I-beam, 80’s era skylight).

  • Glazing: Glass, tempered over tempered, clear, not fall protected.
  • Structure: Adequate spacing and size structural aluminum frame.
  • Anchors: Anchoring system is rusted and requires further discovery.
  • Evaluation: Skylight gutter at wall leaks and is causing major rusting of the structural frame underneath. Three glass units are cracked and need replaced. Sealants are old and not properly applied and need replaced.
  • Flashing: Access unavailable.
  • Curb: Access unavailable.
  • Rating: 4 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 5-10 years.
  • Recommendation: Continued maintenance for 3-5 years – Replacement of system in 5-10 years.

Evaluation of The Skylight.

System from the 1980’s showing its age with common signs of failure. All of the sections of glazing show signs of at least minor moisture and/or history of moisture. Interior anchoring system shows signs of extensive rusting and related damage. Further inspection will be required.

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Velux Modular Ridgelight | Englewood, CO

  • Cherryridge Rd
  • Englewood,
  • CO
  • 80113

Our First Installation of the New Velux Modular Skylight (VMS) System.

This residence in the Cherry Hills Village neighborhood is a perfect candidate for the new Velux Modular Skylight system introduced this year by Velux USA.

What We Will Do:

We will supply and install one twenty two unit VMS Ridgelight with electric roller blinds. The system includes building management integration into the HVAC system for automatic building climate control energy savings mode—integrates with 24v DC current open/close contact relay input.

Product Used:

  • Velux VMS Ridgelight.
  • 22 skylight modules total, module size 35.4″ x 55.1 “.
  • Fixed units with shades.

Day One:

The first step, of course, is to demolish the old skylight. Our techs remove the glass, then take it off the roof. They remove the frame then break it down into pieces and haul it off the roof.

Next we modify the curb and then install the mounting plate for the modular system.

With the curb completed, we are almost ready to install skylights, but first we construct a jig. The jig attaches to the mounting plate in the same manner the skylights attach and will maintain position as well as support the units as they are connected.

Once the set up is complete, the glazing installation proceeds quickly. Since the modular units are self supporting, no additional frame is necessary.

The intelligent design of the VMS system makes for efficient installation and as a result, it was a very successful first day! 

Day Two:

First the crew removes the tarp and then sets the remaining glass panels. Jonathan builds out the curb on the ends while Corey and Gary start bending metal for the large amounts of counter flashing. Meanwhile, Steven and JD add ice and water to the entire curb and replace shingles.

With a little work and some ingenuity, we determine how the electrical harnesses for the blinds need to be daisy-chained and ran the length of the unit. 

Day Three and Four:

It took a solid week, but our first Velux VMS system installation is complete. The crew seals the roof line then installs insulation and all of the flashing on the unit. 

Next comes the electrical wiring. We run wires to the interior closet and connect them to the control boxes that Mark installs. Power is run to the boxes and they are run to a double switch system for the homeowner, therefore the two banks of blinds operate separately.

A few small obstacles but overall, the installation went fairly smooth, especially for our first one! A good learning experience with an impressive product by Velux. 

Site Built Barrel Vault | Lakeview Cemetery

  • 12100 E 13th St N
  • Wichita,
  • KS
  • 67206

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Lakeview Cemetery Skylight Retrofit – Acrylic to Polycarbonate.

Time has taken its toll on the original skylight—replacement is the only answer. This particular skylight presents another issue—a width of 14 feet. What this means is, even though we consider this a medium unit retrofit, it is on the larger end of the scale and must be constructed on site. 

What We Are Doing:

The best solution? A polycarbonate, low rise, barrel vault skylight manufactured by CPI Daylighting. CPI engineers excel at creating high performance custom skylight solutions. 

Product Used:

  • CPI Daylighting 4″ Quadwall Low Rise Barrel Vault, Gable Ends.
  • 14.00′  X 29.08′. 15.58 odc. 525 sq. Ft. Flashing along sill included.

Some Benefits:

  • The balance between the amount of daylight and solar heat gain and heat loss will be vastly improved.
  • The owners will love the energy savings and increase in the facility’s property value provided by the new skylights.
  • Welcoming, 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.
  • Superior hail resistance—an important factor in Wichita.

Pyramid Skylight | Aurora Federal CU

  • 610 S Abilene St
  • Aurora,
  • CO
  • 80012

Polycarbonate Pyramid Skylight Installed in Aurora.

Aurora Federal Credit Union was originally chartered in 1968 by City of Aurora employees. This location is the main branch.

What We Did:

Furnished and installed one CPI Daylighting Direct2Fab Quadwall pyramid skylight with flashing. D2F is a fast delivery program for custom sized skylights.
Curb support by others includes a non-penetrating safety railing around the skylight.

Product Used:

Results:

Skylight Inspection | Fort Lauderdale

  • 2670 E Sunrise Blvd
  • Fort Lauderdale,
  • FL
  • 33304

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GALLERYone—a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Skylight Inspection and Certification. 

An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 6/9/2017 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Rob Packard.

Porte-cochère – Skylight Manufacturer: Unknown.
One (1) 47’ x 55’ (nominal) glass, single slope with curved fronts, structural, original skylight.

  • Glazing: Glass, laminate, green, single glazed, fall protected.
  • Structure: Adequate spacing and size structural aluminum frame.
  • Anchors: Anchoring system is rusted and requires further discovery..
  • Evaluation: Skylight gutter at wall leaks and is causing major rusting of the structural frame underneath. Three glass units are cracked and need replaced. Sealants are old and not properly applied and need replaced.
  • Flashing: Not properly sealed to wall and is leaking.
  • Rating: 5 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 10-25 years.
  • Recommendation: The skylight can be fixed but will require a redesign (we can do) of the existing gutter that sits next to the wall. The external beauty caps on top of the system have peeling paint and will need to be re-clad to allow for a watertight reseal. Three glass units are shattered and need to be replaced. Leaks are creating structural damage below the gutter.

Room Skylights – Skylight Manufacturer: Unknown –
Fourteen (14) – 6’ width (nominal) glass, bent curve, original skylight.

  • Glazing: Glass, laminate, bronze tint, single glazed, fall protected.
  • Structure: Perimeter supported, adequate.
  • Evaluation: Flashing at wall is rusted and failing, glazing extrusions with center snap cap failing, flat roof areas leaking. No weep holes at bottom of sill, operable windows may be an issue.
  • Flashing: Leaking.
  • Rating: 3 of 10
  • Recommendation: Increase pitch of flat roof areas and reseal with new rubber roofing material, including end walls. Apply Dow Corning 123 Silicone seal over caps and caulk to glazing. Sill flashing may or may not have to be reworked. Head flashing needs replaced at wall. Leaks are causing damage to the building and creating mold issues.

Courtyard – Skylight Manufacturer: Unknown.
(1) 6’ x 30’ and (1) 6’ x 50’ (nominal) glass, curved upper glass with vertical glass below, original skylight.

  • Glazing: Glass, laminate, tinted and green in color, single glazed, fall protected.
  • Structure: Adequate spacing and size structural aluminum frame.
  • Anchors: Adequate anchor size and count around perimeter.
  • Evaluation: System is in fairly good shape, although there may be various leaks from time to time. These two skylights can be addressed after the other skylights have been resolved.
  • Rating: 8 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 10-25 years.
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Polycarbonate Canopy | Louisville, CO

  • 1190 W Hecla Dr
  • Louisville,
  • CO
  • 80027

Kestrel Senior Living Center Polycarbonate Canopy.

n 2013, Boulder County purchased the 13-acre Alkonis property. The property, now known as Kestrel, is located just northwest of Highway 42 and South Boulder Road in Louisville. Kestrel will include 71 units for people 55 and older and another 129 units for families.

Construction began in February 2016. Staff anticipate that the first units will be ready for occupancy by April 2017. The remaining units will then be completed in phases, by building, through approximately March 2018.

What We Will Do:

  • Supply and install a polycarbonate canopy at the entrance to the Senior Living Center.

Product Used:

  • 1 unit – CPI Daylighting ULITE SINGLE SLOPE polycarbonate canopy. 
  • 8.29′ wide x 55.95′ long odc. 464 sq. ft.

Results:

  • Awaiting completion.

Weather played a bit of a factor, but the project was completed on schedule with great results.

Skylight Inspection | Columbia Greystone

  • 200 Stoneridge Dr
  • Columbia,
  • SC
  • 29210

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An Embassy Suites by Hilton Skylight Inspection and Certification.  

An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 6/8/2017 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Jon Kolenc.

Atrium skylights – Skylight Manufacturer: Unknown.

 Twenty-six (26) 7’ wide x various lengths totaling 584 linear feet (nominal) acrylic, barrel vault, curb mount, original skylight.

  • Glazing: Acrylic, white, dual glazed, not fall protected.
  • Structure: Perimeter supported, adequate.
  • Anchors: Adequate anchor size and count around perimeter.
  • Curbs: Adequate height and flashing in good shape.
  • Flashing: Joints need resealed.
  • Evaluation: Exterior lens are cracked and need replaced.
  • Rating: 3 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 1-3 years.
  • Recommendation: Because of this particular skylight frame design, we recommend that these skylights be re-built instead of replaced. Once rebuilt the life span would increase to 10-25 years.

Issues Found:

  • All outer acrylic lenses on all 26 skylights need to be replaced with new polycarbonate lenses and new gaskets and sealants. Total lens replacement is 96 panels plus two end walls have cracked exterior clear lenses. White inner lenses should be adequate.
  • Access to perform work is acceptable.
  • Cracks and missing panels as seen in the picture above leaves the skylights very susceptible to leaks and possible breach into the interior.
  • These skylights are very unsafe in current condition and repairs should be performed as soon as possible.
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Acrylic Replacement | Double Tree Atlanta

  • 2780 Windy Ridge Pkwy SE
  • Atlanta,
  • GA
  • 30339

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What We Had Found:

Our inspection of the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Atlanta in October 2016 revealed multiple problems and the decision was made to make changes. We saved the hotel money by not installing brand new skylights. The frames and structure were in adequate condition and far too expensive to replace entirely. 

In addition the exposure and disruption to the hotel would have increased dramatically had we replaced the entire skylights instead of just the domes.

  • Several of the domes are cracked and need replaced.
  • The skylights are old and have exceeded their life expectancy.
  • The skylights are energy sponges, letting in too much heat in the summer and losing heat in the winter.
  • The roofing around the skylights is relatively new and in good shape.
  • The curbs and support structure are adequate.
  • The rafters under the skylights have collected dust over the years and should be cleaned, which we can do while the skylights are being replaced.

Acrylic Dome Replacement With Little Disruption.

We replaced the old bronze acrylic with new white, polycarbonate, fall-protected domes. Work was coordinated in such a way where all prep work was done prior to removing any acrylic. This way we were able to reduce the time the skylights were open to the area below.

The entire job took 3-4 days, but  with our careful planning, the switch-out of the domes only took one. This minimized the exposure to the elements and disruption of the hotel’s normal business.

The hotel employees were ecstatic!

Before and After:

  • Fall protection provided by polycarbonate lenses dramatically increases safety for hotel employees and guests.
  • Improved daylighting—Diffuse lighting without hot spots or glare and showing true colors.
  • No Leaks! For years to come.
We provide a free phone consultation.
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