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.
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Skylight Inspection | Largo – Wash. DC

  • 9100 Basil Ct
  • Largo,
  • MD
  • 20774

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A DoubleTree by Hilton Skylight Inspection and Certification.  

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

Seven (7) 11’ x 11’ x 14’ (nominal) glass, single slope, curb mount, original skylight.

  • Glazing: Glass, bronze tint.
  • 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: Skylight system shows signs of aging and wear and tear. Sealants also showing signs of failure (minor clouding and condensation).
  • Flashing: Joints need resealed.
  • Rating: 3.5 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 1-3 years.
  • Recommendation: Replacing failed sections of glazing with complete wet-seal.
Seven (7) total skylight systems with twelve (12) sections of glazing per system. A total of eight (8) sections of glazing have condensation and/or clouding. All exterior seals are original to installation and have visible signs of age and failure.

Skylight Inspection | Baton Rouge

  • 4914 Constitution Ave
  • Baton Rouge,
  • LA
  • 70808

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An Embassy Suites by Hilton Skylight Inspection and Certification.  

An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 5/12/2017 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Dan Packard.

Atrium skylights – Skylight Manufacturer: Unknown.

Four (4) 14’ x 60’ (nominal) glass, ridge, curb mount, original skylight.

  • Glazing: Glass, heat strengthened over laminate, clear, dual glazed, fall protected.
  • Structure: Failing—has risk of complete failure from curb or anchors being insufficient.
  • Anchors: Anchors are insufficient.
  • Curbs: Adequate height, however gutters are poorly designed and causing leaks and are of insufficient strength for the load.
  • Flashing: Metal flashing has failed and is being patched with peel and stick metal backed tape.
  • Evaluation: Failing skylight system at risk of total failure.
  • Rating: 1 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 1-3 years.
  • Recommendation: Replacement of skylights as soon as possible.
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Skylight Inspection | Dulles Airport

  • 13869 Park Center Rd
  • Fort Herndon,
  • VA
  • 20171

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A Hilton Hotel Skylight Inspection and Certification.

An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 2/22/2017 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Dan Packard.

Acrylic Skylights.

  1. One (1) 4’ x 4’ (nominal) bronze acrylic pyramid skylight. Original skylights.
  2. Five (5) 76” diameter round, acrylic, skylights (dual glazed) clear over clear, replaced 2017.
  • Curbs: Adequate height and flashing in good shape.
  • Curb Fasteners: Adequate interior mounted fasteners.
  • Evaluation: Skylights are in acceptable condition and no work is needed.
  1. Two (2) 36’ x 38” skylights acrylic barrel vault. Bronze over clear (dual glazed) original skylight.
  2. Two (2) 76” diameter round, acrylic, skylights (dual glazed) bronze over clear.
  • Curbs: Adequate height and flashing in good shape.
  • Curb Fasteners: Adequate interior mounted fasteners.
  • Evaluation: Skylights have crazing in the acrylic and are aged but not leaking and no work is needed, but replacement should be planned for in next 3-7 years. These are a serious fall hazard and not up to code. We recommend skylight replacement with fall-rated skylights, safety screens or installing barricades around the perimeter to prevent falls.

Acrylic Walkways.

  1. Entry into Hilton fitness basement skylights –  Acrylic barrel on top of glass wall. Clear over clear (dual glazed) original.
  2. Walkway between Hilton and office building skylights – Acrylic barrel on top of glass wall. Bronze over clear (dual glazed) original.
  • Curbs: Standard curbs with adequate height and flashing.
  • Curb Fasteners: Adequate interior mounted fasteners.
  • Evaluation: Skylight is aged and crazing but in acceptable condition no work needed

Glass Skylights.

  • Glazing: Glass, tempered over tempered (dual glazed), bronze over clear, original.
  • Fasteners: Adequate interior mounted fasteners. Those over the pool are showing signs of corrosion..
  • Curbs: Adequate height and flashing.
  • Recommendation: Clean glass every spring after storm season and wet seal every 5-10 years.

The glass skylights are starting to show their age and have damage on the metal. Our recommendation for replacement depends upon owner’s budget. If not replaced, then the skylights need maintenance work including scraping off caulking, cleaning the glass, replacing failed glass and resealing the system. The glass is fogged on 6-10 panes.

Polycarbonate Skylights – CPI Daylighting

  1. Two (2) 8’ by 8’ and one 5’ by 5’ polycarbonate pyramid skylights . Matte White over Matte White (dual glazed) replaced in 2004. 

  2. One (1) 14’ by 16’ polycarbonate walkway. Matte White over Matte White (dual glazed) replaced in 2004. 

  3. Porte Cochere – One (1) 38’ by 16’ polycarbonate walkway. Matte White over Matte White (dual glazed) replaced in 2004.

  • Glazing: Quadwall polycarbonate, Matte White over Matte White.
  • 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: Skylights and walkways are in great condition and no is work needed, fall protected. (Note: Do not apply any materials to these skylights—they do not require any sealants).
  • Flashing: Metal flashing; adequate in condition.
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Skylight Inspection | Denver Airport

  • 7001 Yampa St
  • Denver,
  • CO
  • 80249

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An Embassy Suites by Hilton Skylight Inspection and Certification.  

An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 5/1/2017 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Dan Packard.

Atrium skylights – Skylight Manufacturer: Unknown.
Four (4) 24’ x 24’ (nominal) glass, pyramid, curb mount, original skylights.

  • Glazing: Glass with reflective film, heat strengthened over laminate, Green, dual glazed, 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: Metal flashing; adequate in condition.
  • Evaluation: Skylight is in acceptable condition no work needed.
  • Rating: 7 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 25-50 years.
  • Recommendation: Weep holes are caulked closed and need to be cleaned out and glass resealed in area that is leaking.
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Skylight Inspection | Parsippany

  • 909 Parsippany Blvd
  • Parsippany,
  • NJ
  • 07054

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An Embassy Suites by Hilton Skylight Inspection and Certification.  

An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 5/17/2017 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Dan Packard.

Atrium skylights – Skylight Manufacturer: Unknown.

One (1) 25’ x 145’ (nominal) acrylic, cluster, curb mount, original skylight.
Two(2) 25’ x 120’ (nominal) acrylic, cluster, curb mount, original skylight.

The single cluster sits in the center of the building and the other two sit one on either end. 

  • Glazing: Acrylic, bronze tint, dual 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: Metal flashing is starting to fail. It is heavily caulked at the corners and will likely lead to leaks—has failed in gutters between tiers.
  • Evaluation: Skylights are in acceptable condition except for seven collapsed domes and two broken domes.
  • Rating: 4 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 3-5 years.
  • Recommendation: Replace broken domes as they are at risk of breaking the rest of the way and that becomes a life safety issue. Gutters are leaking now and need to be replaced or skylights need replaced because of poor design of low 1 degree slope. Gutters are leaking now.

Porte-cochère – Seven (7) 5’ x 30’ (nominal) acrylic, barrel vault, self-flashing, original skylight.

  • Glazing: Acrylic, , bronze tint, single glazed, not fall protected.
  • Structure: Adequate spacing and size structural aluminum frame.
  • Anchors: Access unavailable.
  • Curbs: Adequate height and flashing in good shape.
  • Flashing: Needs replaced due to peeling finish, caulking cannot seal to the metal properly.
  • Evaluation: All glazing is crazed and one lens is cracked and should be replaced.
  • Rating: 4 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 3-5 years.
  • Recommendation: Replace glazing in skylight or replace skylight.
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Skylight Inspection | Binghamton

  • 225 Water St
  • Binghamton,
  • NY
  • 13901

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A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Skylight Inspection and Certification.

An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 5/18/2017 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Dan Packard.

Porte-cochère – Skylight Manufacturer: Velux
Nine (9) 7’ x 7’ (nominal) acrylic, dome, self-flashing, 7 year old skylights.

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  • Glazing: Acrylic, clear, dual 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: Skylight is in acceptable condition no work needed.
  • Flashing: Metal flashing; adequate in condition.
  • Rating: 8 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 10-25 years.
  • Recommendation: None.

Skylight Manufacturer: Velux
Patio – Three (3) 2’ x 8’ (nominal) and Pool – Four (4) 8’ x 4’ (nominal) acrylic, dome, curb mount, 3 year old skylights.

  • Glazing: Acrylic, clear, dual 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: Skylight is in acceptable condition no work needed.
  • Flashing: Metal flashing; adequate in condition.
  • Rating: 8 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 10-25 years.
  • Recommendation: None.

Pool – Skylight Manufacturer: Velux
Eight (8) 2’ x 4’ (nominal) glass, deck mount, 7 year old skylights.

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  • Glazing: Glass, clear, lowE, tempered, dual 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: Skylight is in acceptable condition no work needed.
  • Flashing: Metal flashing; adequate in condition.
  • Rating: 8 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 10-25 years.
  • Recommendation: None. 
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Skylight Inspection | Mystic

  • 20 Coogan Blvd
  • Mystic,
  • CT
  • 06355

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A Hilton Hotel Skylight Inspection and Certification.

An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 3/23/2017 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Danny Packard.

Pool – One (1) 10’ x 41’ (nominal) glass, ridge, curb mount, original skylight.

  • Glazing: Glass, heat strengthened over laminate, green, dual glazed, 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: Skylight is in acceptable condition.
  • Flashing: Metal flashing; adequate in condition.
  • Rating: 6.5 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 10-25 years.
  • Recommendation: One pane of glass is cracked and should be replaced. See picture—First pane in system, left side, bottom row.
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Skylight Inspection | Westchester

  • 699 Westchester Ave
  • Rye Brook,
  • NY
  • 10573

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A Hilton Hotel Skylight Inspection and Certification.

An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 3/22/2017 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Danny Packard.

Various locations and sizes.

Curb mount, original skylights in a number of sizes and locations throughout the hotel. They do share the same properties, characteristics and evaluation.

  • Glazing: Acrylic, white, dual 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: Skylight have surpassed their useful life and need to be replaced.
  • Flashing: Metal flashing; adequate in condition.
  • Rating: 1-2 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 1-2 years.
  • Recommendation: Replace skylights, there are holes and cracks in dome skylights that pose a significant life safety hazard to guests.

Some typical examples of the problems found:

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Skylight Inspection | Pearl River

  • Pearl River,
  • NY
  • 10965

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A Hilton Hotel Skylight Inspection and Certification.

An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 3/22/2017 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Dan Packard.

Ballroom – Three (3) 8’ x 8’ (nominal) glass, pyramid, curb mount, relatively new skylight.

  • Glazing: Glass, heat strengthened over laminate, clear LowE, dual glazed, 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: Skylight is in acceptable condition no work needed.
  • Flashing: Metal flashing; adequate in condition.
  • Rating: 7.5 of 10
  • Expected Life Span: 10-25 years.
  • Recommendation: Clean glass every spring after storm season and wet seal every 5-10 years.
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