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Skylight Installation



Skylight Installation / Skylight Replacement


(Typical Installation Process for Skylights)

Replacement Skylight Domes (AKA: lens, bubble) is just the plastic lens. Since there are many skylight companies and designs.. the key is to take your skylight apart to get accurate dimensions of the existing dome(s).

1)
Review & print out our "Replacement Dome Worksheet" to take up on the roof.
a.

Take off the skylight's "retainer" that holds the dome(s) down and get dimensions of the old dome(s).
b.
Check if you have a single or a double layer dome and what color the dome(s) are.
c.
Check the condition of the gaskets and if new ones are needed.
 
2)
Order your new dome(s) and gaskets from AIA Industries
a.

Fill out the "Replacement Dome Worksheet" and submit for pricing. (make sure to order new gaskets if needed.)
 
3)
Install
a.
Replace the dome(s) on the roof or bring the skylight down to the ground level.
b.
Take the skylight apart by removing the retainer, remove the old dome(s)

c.


Replace the gaskets if needed, then place the new dome(s) into place, placing gaskets between the inner and out dome (make sure to leave a gap in the corners for the domes to "breath"), removing the protective masking as you go, lay a bead of silicone on top of the flanges and replace the "retainer" that holds down the dome.
 
NOTE: If you're uncomfortable taking your skylight apart or it seems like a lot of work…, please consider replacing the existing skylight with a new skylight, it doesn't cost much more and gives you a very simple & quick installation that has a factory seal with a warranty. This way all you have to do is measure your outside curb dimension and we'll make a new one to fit perfectly to protect your home for a lot less trouble.

 

Curb Mount Skylights are an economical type of skylight that features either a set of acrylic domes, polycarbonate glazing or insulated Low-E safety glass already mounted in a thermally broken frame, these "pre-assembled" skylights are the simplest to install. A good analogy is the skylight is like the "lid" on the shoe box, with the shoe box being the roof curb. The key is taking the correct outside curb dimensions (OCD).

1)
Measure the outside of the roof curb (not the skylight frame), note frame color and dome(s) colors.
   
2)
Order your curb mount skylight and gaskets from AIA Industries
a.
Fill out the "Curb Mount Skylight Worksheet" and submit for pricing. (make sure to order new curb gaskets if needed)
 
3)
Install
a.
Take the old skylight off, clean the curb of any debris
b.
Install our new curb gasket or add a bead of silicone to the top of the curb.

c.

 

Place the new Curb Mount Skylight on top of the curb centering it all around, then as you press the frame down, screw it down from the sides with non-corrosive wood screws (at least #10 x 1-1/2") and finally remove the protective masking from the lens.
d.

Flat Glass and Flat Polycarbonate curb mount skylights are similar but require a roof or curb that is sloped with a minimum of a 2:12 pitch.

 

Self-Flashing Skylights are similar to the Curb Mount Skylights except they do not require a roof curb because they have an aluminum curb built-in. The key is to measure the Rough Opening (RO) in the roof. Please call and ask for our Self-Flashing Skylight experts (Please see our "Self Flashing Skylight Worksheet")

 

Circular Skylights are similar to the Self-Flashing Skylights except they are round and have a built-in white fiberglass curb 9" high. The key is to measure the diameter of the Rough Opening (RO) in the roof. Please call and ask for our Circular Skylight experts (Please see our "Circular Skylight worksheet")

 

Tubular Skylights are similar to the Curb Mount & Circular Skylights, they feature a round "tube" system to run the daylight down into your home/business. Depending on the run, these can take longer to install. Please call and ask for our Tubular Skylight experts (Please see our "Tubular Skylight worksheet")

 

Ciralight Curb Mount Skylights are similar to Curb Mount Skylights but are "Active" in the sense that they track the sun with a mirror to bring in additional light especially in the morning and late afternoon hours. Please call and ask for our Ciralight Skylight experts (Please see our "Ciralight worksheet")

 

Structural Skylights have a structural aluminum frame and several pieces of insulated Low-E safety glass, polycarbonate glazing or fiberglass sandwich panels. They are more complicated because they are bigger, have more options and usually require assembly (usually shipped KD (knocked down).

Once a design and materials are worked out, we provide Shop Drawings that show how the skylight fits together. Often if the project is in the Rocky Mountain region we will install these skylights. Other times the project is outside our installation area, in these cases in addition to our Shop Drawings, we provide instructions & phone support to assist the Contractor, Glazer, Handyman, Carpenter or Home Owner with the installation. Please call and ask for our Structural Skylight experts (Please see our "Structural Skylight Quote Request")

 

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NOTE: Since Skylights are found on roofs, Safety is the most important part of the Installation process. Please consider getting qualified help when needed and using the proper equipment, tools, etc with care.