A DoubleTree by 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.
- 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.
- (2 ea.) 12’ x 36’ nominal.
- (1 ea.) 12’ x 12’ nominal.
What We Found:
- 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.
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.