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Tag: Self FLashing

Unlike a curb mount skylight that requires a “curb” to be built for the skylight to mount to, a self flashing skylight is designed to fit directly over the rough opening in the roof deck. 

Because the curb and flashing are built into the skylight and fully sealed upon delivery you will not need to worry about the curb or flashing leaking.  Of course you will have to pay for this piece of mind.  With the curb being built into the skylight the man hours and material involved will increase signifacantly.  The average cost of making a self flashing skylight will be approximately 75% higher than the cost of making a curb mount skylight the same size. 

Self Flashing Skylight Detail

The most important thing to keep in mind when ordering a self flashing skylight from AIA Industries, Inc. is that the dimensions we need in order to guarantee the correct fit is the actual rough opening in the roof deck.  As you can see from the picture above, we will build the skylight to fit directly over the opening in the roof and allow just enough room for drywal or whatever type of finishing material you would like to use to finish the inside of the light well that way you do not see the metal curb from the inside.

Self flashing skylight will require less labor and materials for installation however, the extra time and materials will be imposed by the manufacturer which means the cost of the skylight will be higher.  Deciding which type of skylight to purchase for your project is as easy as deciding if you or your roofing contractor would rather build a custom curb and flashing for said curb or if you would rather spend the extra money to have the curb and flashing built into the skylight.

To receive a free quote on a self flashing skylight you can click HERE.

If you have any questions that are not covered in this post or if you need help deciding which type of skylight to buy please give us a call at 303-296-9696 or send us an email at

One of the top questions we get asked is … “What is a curb mount skylight?”

While the simple answer  ” A skylight designed to fit on a curb”  might work for some people, most people would like more details. 

To start off with a curb is a raised frame that provides a surface for mounting mechanical units such as skylights onto a roof.  The material used to build these curbs will vary depending on the application and the specifications for the project you are working on. Most building codes will require at least a 4″ high curb on a pitched roof and 9″ – 12″ high curb for a flat roof. Of course,  you should always check state and local building codes before starting this kind of project.

Flashed Curb

Most residential applications will consist of a wooden curb built using nominal cut lumber such as a 2×4, 2×6 or 2×8 laying on it’s edge. This wooden frame (curb) will be attached to the roof deck around the opening already cut in the roof. This wooden curb is going to provide an elevated mounting point for our skylight.  As you can see from the picture above, the prebuilt curb has been attached around the rough opening in the roof and the flashing and shingles have already been done. This curb is ready for the new skylight to be set in place.


This picture shows you exactly how the curb is mounted to the roof deck and how the skylight is mounted to the curb.  Of course each application will be slightly different and if you are not sure about what you have or what you need then please give us a call at 303-296-9696 or send us an email at


Winnipeg Airport

Winnipeg Airport


“This is probably  the best looking circular skylight application that I have ever seen”


That’s what AIA Industries, Inc. President Jim Donaldson had to say about the circular skylights found on the newly renovated Winnipeg Airport. That is a pretty bold statement when you consider that Jim and AIA Industries, Inc. has been building custom skylights since 1977.  AIA Industries, Inc. provided 16 skylights measuring 91″, 19 skylights measuring 54″ and 20 skylights measuring 24″  for a total of 54 circular skylights.  These skylights were manufactured at our Denver Colorado facility and shipped directly to Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport by way of 3 seperate semi truck loads.

Winnipeg Airport Circulars

Winnipeg Airport Circulars

These circular skylights were manufactured using 1/4″ thick Clear over Clear acrylic domes glazed onto 9″ high insulated fiberglass curbs and held together with clear anodized aluminum angle.  Having two acrylic domes with an air space between them provides great insulation values and the 1/4″ thick material means they are very durable.

Winnipeg Airport

Winnipeg Airport

 The blue LED rings used during the finish installation provides for a very unique and unforgettable sight when walking through this airport terminal.

Circular 1

Circular 4

Everyone here at AIA Industries, Inc. would like to thank Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. for providing us with the stunning pictures.

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