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SKYLIGHTS: SPECTACULAR ADDITIONS BUT…
“Skylights are very nice looking but they're also a lot of problems!” This is how Ivan Roger spontaneously answered when asked to comment this type of product. Moreover, more and more contractors simply refuse to install this equipment because of the numerous problems that follow. Nevertheless, skylights are very popular and often considered by owners who plan to renovate, mostly because contractors are now installing them in new houses.
The cold winters and major snowfalls over the past years, combined with poorly ventilated or isolated roofs have caused many inconveniences: condensation, ice build-up, water infiltration, etc. The main reason is that the roof (angled) through which the skylight is installed is not isolated (the horizontal ceiling is). The heat within the attic space melts the snow which turns into an ice barrier. It is easy to imagine the results once the weather gets warmer. That's enough to break the romantic spell often associated with skylights.
The main problem with skylights is the installation. Yet, our experts believe that, even when the skylight is installed according to the manufacturer's recommendations, there is still a risk of water infiltration.
Further, in many cases, the skylight design is faulty and not adapted to our northern climate. Thus, several models have only a few inches above the frame which favours the formation of ice barriers. It doesn't get better, on the contrary, as skylights are often installed in bathrooms and solariums where a high level of humidity is found.
Let's hope that…
In consideration of the increasing number of complaints related to skylights, l'Association provinciale des entrepreneurs en construction du Québec (APCHQ) has created a Committee of 12 specialists among whom representatives of major manufacturers whose objective is to establish installation standards that will eliminate the numerous problems mentioned above. Solutions have already been proposed, namely installing a waterproof membrane from the skylight to the base of the roof, insulating the skylight walls from the interior and raising much more the skylight from the roof.
It should be noted that the above are general recommendations only and the Committee has not yet made a final decision. When the time comes, each manufacturer will need to adapt these standards to their specific products before including them in their instruction manuals. In the meantime, caution is of the essence.
This skylight design features our aluminium thermally broken frame to eliminate the transfer
of frost to the interior frame.
Our most popular skylight in a thermally broken vinyl frame curb mount design. Available with all standard features like CMTA section.
The skylight base frames shall be a vinyl extrusion (rugged, impact resistant vinyl, superior to aluminum in reducing thermal conductivity.) The corners shall be fusion welded to ensure a leakproof frame. They shall be factory assembled units consisting of an aluminum retaining frame (6063-T5 alloy) in brown (or white) baked enamel paint finish. The skylights shall be fastened together with stainless steel screws. Glazing materials shall be single, double, or triple acrylic or polycarbonate plastic domes in clear, white #2447, or bronze #2404 or #2412, with a uniform air space between the domes. The skylight assembly shall be airtight with no air paths to connect interior building to exterior elements. The large capacity condensation gutter with weep holes in all four (4) corners shall be an integral part of the unit. A gasket shall be provided between all points of contact between acrylic, aluminum and vinyl surfaces.
Thermally broken vinyl self flashing design available with all standard features listed
under CMTA section.
Skylights shall be vinyl double walled extrusion (rugged, impact resistant vinyl, superior to aluminum in reducing thermal conductivity.) The corners are fusion welded to ensure a watertight frame. The vinyl frame shall include a minimum 3" roof mounting flange. They shall be factory assembled units consisting of an extruded aluminum retaining frame (6063-T5 alloy) in brown or (white) baked enamel paint finish. The skylight shall be fastened together with stainless steel screws. Glazing materials shall be single, double or triple acrylic or polycarbonate plastic domes in clear, white #2447, or bronze #2404 or #2412, with a uniform airspace between the domes. The skylight assembly shall be airtight with no air paths to connect interior building to exterior elements. A large capacity condensation gutter with weep holes in all four (4) corners shall be an integral part of the unit. A gasket shall be provided between all points of contact between acrylic, aluminum and vinyl surfaces.
A product with interesting residential and commercial architectural applications.
Circular roof domes shall be factory assembled into units consisting of a fibreglass frame. The curb shall be six (6) inches high with a built in condensation gutter, and a six (6) inch roof flange. Glazing materials shall be acrylic, single or double glazed in clear or bronze #2404 or #2412. Stainless steel fasteners shall be utilized.
Another product that offers dramatic architectural appeal while providing the beauty of natural light. Available with all standard features listed under CMTA. Pyramidal skylights are also available with the standard aluminum curb mount, vinyl curb mounted, and vinyl self flashing models.