Glass Skylight Consultation | The Franklin Hotel

  • 311 W Franklin St
  • Chapel Hill,
  • NC
  • 27516

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Glass Skylight Inspection and Certification

An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on a glass skylight on August 24th 2016 by Skylight Specialists, Inc. Represented by Danny Packard.

Glass Skylights on the site:

  1. One (1) 20’ x 30’ (nominal) structural, insulated glass, hipped ridge skylights

What We Found:

  1. Overall, skylights are in excellent condition and should continue to maintain water tight seal as expected. The film will need to be replaced or glass panes replaced with tinted glass in the next 3 years.
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Skylight Certification | Hilton Brentwood/Nashville

  • 9000 Overlook Blvd
  • Brentwood,
  • TN
  • 37027

Skylight Inspection and Certification

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An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on 8/25/2016 by Skylight Specialists, Inc.
Represented by Danny Packard.

Skylights on the site:

  1. (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. (2) 10’ by 10’ (nominal) structural, acrylic, pyramid skylights. These skylights are located over the pool. 

What We Found:

  1. Both the inboard and outboard lights have crazing, cracking and all skylights show signs of condensation. 

  2. Numerous attempted repairs have been made to the skylights, none effective.  The “repairs”  consist of dumping on tar or mastic, using the wrong sealants, roofing tar, roofing tape ( with large holes in it caused by animals), rubber backer rod to help with gutters and others.
Inspection/Certification Nationwide —
It all starts with a simple phone call.

Skylight Certification | Double Tree by Hilton Atlanta

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

Hilton Skylight Certification

Hilton likes to have a skylight certification at least once every five years for a couple of reasons. First, to ensure there are no structural problems with the skylights. And second, to gain an understanding of the overall condition of the skylights and their life expectancy.hilton inspection interior comp 24011

Skylight Inspection:

  • Inspect structural members for corrosion or signs of being under- engineered.
  • Inspect anchors for signs of corrosion and properly anchored and  embedded as initially installed.
  1. (2 ea.) 12’ x 36’ nominal.
  2. (1 ea.) 12’ x 12’ nominal.

What We Found:

  • Several of the domes are cracked and need replaced.
  • The skylights are old and have eceeded their life expectancy.
  • The skylights are energy sponges, letting in too much heat in the summer and loosing 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.

Results:

Priority One. If any life threatening issues with the skylights are discovered, that information gets reported to the building manager immediately. Decisions will need to be made to protect the public.

After the inspection is completed, the building manager receives a complete report that informs him of:

  • The overall condition of his skylights including structural integrity.
  • The costs and a timeline of repairs needed or foreseen. A big aid for budget planning—we can assess when these repairs should be performed.
  • With the knowledge of the exact repairs needed, the manager can make an informed decision to use local help or use our expert repair crews.
  • The manager also receives a schedule addressing the life expectancy of the skylights with recommendations on replacements. Replacements may bring benefits that a repair cannot bring. An example is better light and thermal performance. In some situations we can supply daylighting studies with energy analysis.

Recommendations:

We provide a free phone consultation.
Give us a try!

Uniquad Wall-Lights | Waste Management Denver

  • 2400 Union St
  • Englewood,
  • CO
  • 80110

Daylighting a New Facility at Denver’s Waste Management Location.

Construction has begun on a new building at Denver’s Waste Management location. Part of the plan is to daylight the building with wall-lights. Skylight Specialists, Inc. has been selected to supply and install CPI Daylighting’s new Uniquad system.

Projected to begin first quarter 2017.

What We Will Do:

  • Supply and install two CPI Daylighting Uniquad Wall Lights at the General Contractor’s schedule.

Product Used:

  • CPI Daylighting Uniquad Wall Lights
  • D2F 2.75″ UNIQUAD WALL LIGHT 5.00′ high x 56.00′ long odc. 280 sq. ft.
  • D2F 2.75″ UNIQUAD WALL LIGHT 5.00′ high x 44.00′ long odc. 220 sq. ft.

Results:

  • We are awaiting completion.

Uniquad Wall Lights | City of Lakewood

  • 2200 S Kipling Street
  • Lakewood,
  • CO
  • 80227

Daylighting an Urban Park Restroom Facility.

On August 10, 2016, ground was broken for the City of Lakewood’s Carmody Park redevelopment project.

The first phase of this project is the construction of Lakewood’s first universally accessible playground. It will provide an opportunity for park visitors of all ages and abilities to play together. In addition to the playground, Phase I includes a year-round restroom facility, multi-use court, picnic shelters and an expansion of the current parking lot.

The playground is expected to be completed in Winter 2016, and landscaping will take place in Spring 2017.

The project is funded in part by Jefferson County Open Space, Great Outdoors Colorado and the Colorado Lottery.

What We Did:

We have been selected to supply and install CPI Daylighting’s new Uniquad Wall-Light system on the new restroom facility. With project construction beginning in August and a completion date before spring, scheduling was critical. The advantage of CPI’s D2F program using pre-engineered components got the product here on time. And the quick and easy installation of the unitized system allowed us to smoothly integrate with the contractor’s schedule.

General Contractor—Klatke Construction Management.

Product Used:

  • CPI Daylighting Direct 2 Fab  Uniquad Wall Light.
  • 1 Unit D2F 3″ Uniquad wall light 4.5′ x 34′ 153 sq. ft.

Results:

  • The installation went off without a hitch at the contractor’s schedule,
  • Direct 2 Fab manufacturing allowed us to complete the project in just five weeks from the date the contract was signed.
  • The Uniquad unitized construction system allowed us to install the wall-lights with two men in two days.
  • The savings in installation costs allowed us to complete the project for less than $10,000.

Cluster Skylight Retrofit | Westlands Properties

  • 1600 Range St
  • Boulder,
  • CO
  • 80301

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Acrylic Teardrop Shaped Skylight

The problem with acrylic teardrop skylights is that they are custom made and hard to duplicate without removing the existing domes to get exact patterns as needed. This can be done, however it is time consuming and labor intensive and whenever the domes are already cracked they are nearly impossible to remove without breaking apart.

The Best Solution:

We will utilize our MAGS BAR Glazing System

  • Flush glazing.
  • Cleaner look.
  • Proper water runoff.
  • Easy glazing replacement in the future.

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Results:

  • Pending completion of the job.

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.

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