Acrylic Skylight Repair and Retrofit

  • 500 E 84th Ave
  • Thornton,
  • CO
  • 80229

Acrylic Skylight Repair and Retrofit Is Part of a Facility Upgrade.

The 470,000-square-foot North Valley Tech Center was acquired by Global Pacific in 2014. Global Pacific sees the property at Interstate 25 and East 84th Avenue as a future redevelopment site, but is currently upgrading the facility.

The Problem:

The seven acrylic barrel vault skylights and thirty one acrylic dome skylights suffer from a number of problems:

  • Sealants have degraded.
  • Gaskets have degraded to the point of failure.
  • The outer acrylic skylight lenses have become brittle and faded.
  • Some outer acrylic skylight lenses are cracked or warped.

What We Did:

The acrylic barrel vault skylights were replaced with new acrylic skylights. 

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Curbs were adjusted to create standard sizes in order to maintain lower costs.

Refurbishing the dome skylights is the low cost solution. We will:
Raise curbs—these skylights are set too low to deal with Colorado snow.
Wet seal the 31 acrylic dome skylights.

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Product Used:

  • Seven American Skylights 8′ X 20′ 5 Bay Barrel Vault Unit Skylights
  • Thermally Broken
    Bronze / Clear Acrylic Glazing
    Mill Finish Frame
    Closed Vertical Ends
    Center Mullion Running Length

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Skylight Repair | St Clair Residence

  • 6XXX Hillcrest Ln
  • Indianapolis,
  • IN
  • 46220

The Owners Have a Problem.

This residence has a 14′ x 20′ glass ridge light. The owner’s have not been able to successfully repair the skylight using local contractors and have temporarily covered the skylight to stop the leaks..

Not a Typical Skylight.

This skylight is much larger than the typical residential skylight and would be considered a larger medium skylight in the commercial realm.

It is also an extremely effective way to bring daylight and sunlight into a living space. It captures light from a much broader portion of the sky and changes throughout the day.

Can be very dramatic and is dependent on orientation.

We Have a Cost Effective Solution.

Frustrated, the owners reached out to us.

Our crews have worked on hundreds of similar skylights. And a hundred times larger. They have pretty much seen it all and will address the core issues from the beginning.

We work safely. We stand behind our work but we do not anticipate warranty repairs—we fix it right the first time.

Efficient Crews.

Experience. Expertise. Safety. Low Warranty Costs.

This efficiency allows us to be cost competitive. After all, round trip airfare to Indianapolis is $158.00 .

More to Come!

Skylight Installation Project | 24 Hour Fitness

  • 5744 New Abbey Ln
  • Castle Rock,
  • CO
  • 80108

Subcontract for Skylight Installation

This particular 24 Hour Fitness is located in The Promenade @ Castle Rock, CO. The health and fitness center, which plans to open in the spring of 2017, believes in changing lives through fitness. Their state-of-the-art facility has just about every feature you could wish for in a gym membership. Including natural daylight from skylights.

Contractor Requests Help.

We will occasionally get a call from a contractor who purchased skylights and planned to do the install themselves. They may realize that there are many risks and details that might be best left to an expert. Or they just don’t have the time or manpower to tackle the task and maintain their schedule.

Skylight Specialists Is the Solution.
What We Did:

  • Installation ONLY of (14) customer supplied Bristolite self flashed skylights and (1) roof hatch.
  • We installed the product at the time requested by the contractor.
  • We cut out the roof deck on their layout, maintaining safety regulations.
  • We supplied and installed wood nailers to allow for insulation depth.
  • Set the skylights and roof hatch on the nailers.

Product Used:

  • Bristolite self flashed skylights and (1) roof hatch.

Skylight Retrofit | Jefferson County Offices

  • 700 & 900 Jefferson County Pkwy
  • Golden,
  • CO
  • 80401

Hail Storm Damages Skylights on Two More Jeffco Office Buildings.

Earlier this year, 2016, a severe storm cell passed over the Jefferson County (Jeffco) office complex. The storm’s 1-1/2 inch hail damaged over 300 vehicles and wreaked havoc on structures and the landscape.

In addition to the District Attorney’s Office two other nearby buildings suffered skylight damage:
The Human Resources building at 900 Jefferson County Parkway —one acrylic pyramid skylight.
And the Court Administrative building at 700 Jefferson County Parkway —a failed fiberglass pyramid skylight.

What We Will Do:

HR building:

Replace the acrylic skylight with an American Skylights pyramid with a polycarbonate outer lens for improved hail resistance.

A Common Mis-Repair or How Not To Fix Your Skylight!

We see this type of mistake over and over. One of the problems with an acrylic skylight is significant expansion and contraction—especially here in Colorado with warm days and cool nights.

Manufacturer’s know this and design their skylights to deal with this fact. The domes are allowed to slide over gasket material. This movement creates wear and eventually the seals fail and allow air and water leaks.

The Mistake:

So the skylight is leaking and you get up on the roof and take a look. You don’t see anything obvious, but you need to stop those leaks! So you get out your caulking gun and run a bead of caulking between the outer dome and the frame. Leaks stop, problem solved.

Wrong! Ok, you applied a band-aid and the leaks stopped. But what you really did was inhibit the movement of the outer dome. It can no longer move as designed when it expands and contracts. Something has to give! Over time the acrylic cracks under the pressure and replacement is now the only viable solution.

Contact a skylight specialist. By refreshing the seals at the first signs of problems, an inexpensive repair can give you years of trouble free service.

CA building:

Replace the failed fiberglass pyramid skylight with a CPI Daylighting polycarbonate pyramid skylight.

Product Used:

  • CA building:
  • D2F (Direct to Fabrication) 2.75′ Quadwall Toplite pyramid 49″ x 49″ odc. 2.50′ on slope odc. 24 sq. ft.

Results:

An interesting comparison has been set up here. An American Skylights (AS) polycarbonate skylight vs. a polycarbonate skylight manufactured by CPI Daylighting. Both will have excellent hail resistance.

  • The AS skylight strikes a good balance between price and performance—it will provide average light quality and thermal performance.
  • Cadillac price, Cadillac performance. The CPI skylight will provide excellent daylighting qualities (especially compared to the old yellowed fiberglass unit) with little to no glare compared to the AS. Thermal performance is also superior—warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer. Difficult to quantify in dollars and cents, but it’s year after year after year. An expected 25 year lifespan with no significant deterioration.

Skylight Repair | Jefferson County DA Office

  • 500 Jefferson County Pkwy
  • Golden,
  • CO
  • 80401

Another Colorado Hail Storm Damages Skylights.

Earlier this year, 2016, a severe storm cell passed over the Jefferson County (Jeffco) office complex. The storm’s1-1/2 inch hail damaged over 300 vehicles and wreaked havoc on structures and the landscape.

The representative from Jeffco was surprised how well the CPI product held up. Only seven exterior panels on the four CPI Daylighting pyramid skylights were damaged from the hail. Jefferson County chose to replace all of the panels so that they could have new warranties. 

What We Did:

We removed and replaced the outer skin on two 16′ x 16′ & two 8′ x 8′ pyramid skylights. 

Product Used:

  • CPI Daylighting Quadwall Outer Panel.

Skylight Upgrade – Holiday Inn Vail

  • 2211 N Frontage Rd
  • Vail,
  • CO
  • 81657

Replacing Domed Skylights With VELUX Neat Glass Skylights Is a Significant Upgrade.

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The Holiday Inn Vail is situated in White River National Forest, and is a 9-minute drive from Beaver Creek Ski Resort. The hotel caters to families and skiers.

The owners wanted to bring a new look for their roof during the hotel’s renovation. Looking at replacements for the acrylic domes, they became interested in the new Velux Neat glass skylights. These sophisticated skylights offered a number of benefits:

  • Sleek, modern appearance.
  • Argon filled, double paned, lowE³ glass provides a significant improvement in heat gain/loss.
  • Clear views without distortion.
  • Clean, quiet, safe glass—water sheets off—dirt, bird poop, etc. don’t stick and are washed away—25% quiter than ordinary glass.

All at a lower cost than a like for like acrylic dome replacment. The decision was easy.

What We Did:

Removed and replaced domed skylights with custom sized Velux FCM (Fixed Curb Mount) skylights .

Skylight Specialists also had to act swiftly from the moment the call was taken to the completion of the work to insure the job could be completed before the early winter snowfall.

Product Used:

  • (2) VELUX CFCM 32″ X 56″ Curb Mounted Neat Glass Skylights.
    (20) VELUX CFCM 35″ X 74″ Curb Mounted Neat Glass Skylights.

Results:

  • The job was completed quickly and efficiently prior to any bad weather.

Benefits:

  • Ten year warranty against glass breakage by hail.
  • Improved the daylighting and solar heat levels in the space.
  • The owners will love the energy savings provided by the new skylights.
  • Increased the facility’s property value.
  • Healthy, natural daylight in the space with accurate color rendition.
  • No required maintenance or re-coating costs.

New Installation – Sunoptics Unit Skylights

  • CR 35 and 3rd St
  • Eaton
  • CO
  • 80615

Eaton Recreation Center

Construction has begun on a new rec center in Eaton, CO. Ground breaking was on April 15th, 2016 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017.

What We Will Do:

We will supply and install 28 Sunoptics acrylic prismatic dome skylights manufactured by Sunoptics on curbs supplied by others.

Product Used:

Results:

  • Awaiting completion.

Benefits:

  • Correct the daylighting and solar heat levels required for the space.
  • Reduce dependence on electric lighting—increase energy savings.
  • The city will 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.

Structural Dome Retrofit – Lausanne Condos

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

High Rise Condominium Will Replace Skylights.

The Lausanne condominiums in Naples Florida is a beachfront high-rise building, actually two buildings, in the Moorings neighborhood. The Lausanne was built in 1980 and features structural dome skylights, its own beach access and is located close to the Moorings Country Club.

There are two buildings and each building has ninety (90) residences located on eight stories.

Each building has an atrium covered with a 60 foot diameter acrylic dome skylight.

We Will Replace Both Skylights.

Plans are underway and we will add details as they become available!

Product Used:

  • Two dome skylights by Oldcastle

Results:

  • awaiting completion of the job.

Unit Skylight Retrofit – District 49 Schools

  • 6888 Black Forest Rd
  • Peyton,
  • CO
  • 80831

Hailstorm Wreaks Havoc on Acrylic Skylights!

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Hail damaged acrylic skylight, proof that acrylic is not a good glazing choice.

Encompassing 133 square miles of areas in Colorado Springs and unincorporated portions in the Falcon area of El Paso County, District 49 is one of Colorado’s fastest growing school districts.

Earlier this year, another violent hailstorm  roared through the district and did serious damage to many of the skylights, requiring many unit skylight retrofit.

We Replaced Skylights at Five of the Schools.

Vista Ridge
6888 Black Forest Rd
Peyton, CO 80831
13 SUN TUNNELs
26 Skylights

Ridgeview Elementary
6573 Shimmering Creek
Peyton, CO 80831
2 Skylights

Skyview Middle School
6350 Windom Peak Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80923
15 Skylights

Springs Ranch Elementary
4350 Centerville Rd
Peyton, CO 80831
1 Skylight

Woodmen Hills Elementary
8308 Del Rio Rd
Peyton, CO 80831
1 Skylight

Product Used:

Results:

  • The polycarbonate outer dome provides superior protection against Colorado hailstorms.
  • The sidewall of the VELUX Dynamic Dome has been engineered to harvest more sunlight during low-light periods (morning and evening).
  • Most commercial skylights allow condensation to collect within an interior gutter. The VELUX Dynamic Dome utilizes a fail-safe proprietary wicking system that evacuates condensation to the exterior of the skylight.
  • An encapsulating design that provides an impenetrable water barrier with a 100 percent thermally broken skylight frame.

Benefits:

  • Improve the daylighting and solar heat levels required for the space.
  • Reduce dependence on electric lighting—increase energy savings.
  • 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
  • In classroom environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase students performance.

US Air Force Academy Falconry Mews Skylight

  • Air Force Academy
  • Colorado Springs,
  • CO
  • 80817

New Home of the Flying Mascot of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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Falcon being admired and petted

The USAFA Falcon Mews project is the construction of a state of the art mews located at the U. S. Air Force Academy. Each mew space has a large external window and a skylight.

Sports audiences across the country have been intrigued and delighted by the aerobatics of the falcon, flying mascot of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Trained and handled by cadet falconers, the birds soar and dive, sometimes zooming low over the heads of spectators.

What We Did:

  • Supplied and installed twelve CPI Daylighting Quadwall Toplite skylight.
  • Coordinated closely with the contractor to see that the project was completed on their schedule.
  • Installed matching flashing on end walls, inside and outside.

Product Used:

  • CPI Daylighting Quadwall Toplite Unit Skylight.
  • (4) D2F 2.75″ QUAD SADDLE RIDGE 4.29′ wide x 2.29′ long odc. 2.26′ on slope odc. 41 sq. ft.
  • (4) D2F 2.75″ QUAD SADDLE RIDGE 4.29′ wide x 7.92′ long odc. 2.26′ on slope odc. 143 sq. ft.
  • (4) D2F 2.75″ QUAD SADDLE RIDGE 4.29′ wide x 6.25′ long odc. 2.26′ on slope odc. 113 sq. ft.
  • Quadwall Toplites

Results:

Benefits:

  • Improve the daylighting and solar heat levels in the space.
  • Reduce dependence on electric lighting—increase energy savings.
  • 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.

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