Skylights are a great addition to any room. They illuminate the room and give a nice view of clouds in the day. At night you get to see the stars. You might want to add a skylight to your living space. Skylights illuminate hard to light interior spaces. They are awesome. Alternatively, you may need to replace a skylight. Regardless you come to the right place and found the right skylight contractors.
This page will discus the different types of skylights and how to install them. Read on fellow skylight lovers :)
Windows aren't the best solution for introducing natural light into your home. Traditional domed skylights could be an option. But you will need room on the ceiling to install them. A simpler option might be a tubular skylight. They can be more economical and efficient. We will get to the differences a little further down.
Replace a Skylight
The most common reason to replace a skylight is because the old one leaks. Many people ask us if we can just replace the dome. Unfortunately, we can't. All skylights in South Florida have to be tested in a wind tunnel. The Florida Building Code (FBC) requires it. The skylight manufacturer test the entire assembly of a skylight. They don't test the domes by themselves. Hence, replacing the dome alone doesn't meet the standard.
Insurance wind coverage requirements is the second most common reason to replace a skylight. In either case, there is a lot of work to at hand. One has to remove the roofing around the skylight first. Allowing to remove the skylight. There are strict standards to installing the skylight. They must be followed. When finished, the demolished roofing assembly is rebuilt. Its a full days work for a three man skylight installers crew.
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Domed Skylights and Tubular Skylights
Domed skylights have two varieties. They can be curb-mount or self-flashing. The difference between the two is simply. Its their installation methods. Curb mounted skylights need a curb on the roof to secure them on. That's usually wood framing they sit on and get screwed to. Self-flashing domed skylights come with an aluminum curb already attached to them. they don’t need a curb built for them. We install them by screwing them down and sealing the flange.
Domed skylights are mode with aluminum frames and acrylic domes. The dome is acrylic and can be clear or tinted bronze. The domes are insulated, meaning they are double domed. This makes them hurricane resistant or impact resistant. It also cuts down on the heat transfer from outside. As professional skylight contractors we will walk you though the process and help you make all the right decisions.
There may be a down side to a new domed skylight. A new instillation requires a large hole be cut in the ceiling. You'll need new wood framing . You might need to modify the roof trusses. And finally, there is a lot of drywall work and painting.
Impact Resistance Skylights
All of our skylights can be upgraded to impact resistance upon request. The impact resistant skylights will meet your insurance requirements for wind mitigation. And our skylight installers will make sure they pass the inspection
Types of Domed Skylights
Self Flashing Skylight Curb Mounted Skylight Circular Skylight
Domed skylights are made with aluminum frames and acrylic domes. The dome is made of acrylic and clear or tinted bronze. In order to be more energy efficient and hurricane resistant, the skylights we use in South Florida are double domed.
Tubular Skylights are compact and deliver a large supply of light in an energy-efficient. These skylights could be the smartest choice for your home. They fit nicely in hallways, bathrooms, laundry and storage rooms. Their modest styling can match with your home’s decor quite nicely. And unlike traditional skylights, tubular skylights install quickly. They don’t require cutting and modifying your homes trusses. And they affect the roof and ceiling a little bit. These skylights get installed on the roof and the “tube” runs through the attic. Just a small hole is cut in your ceiling in order to receive the inside lens.
Tubular skylights do a better job blocking the Ultra Violet rays from the Sun than do traditional skylights. This prevents fading of your furniture, flooring, carpeting and anything else. Tubular skylights allow solar heat gain in to your home too.
Tubular Skylight are virtually maintenance free. You may want to polish the tubular skylight dome from time to time. But you don't have to. The design is to be enjoyed and left alone.
How Much Light Do Solar Tube Skylights let in?
Tube Skylights aren't going to let in as much light as domed skylight. They are not as big. These skylights let in the equivalent light of a 60 watt to 100 watt light bulb.
How big should your new Tubular Skylight be?
A 10″ Tubular Skylight can light 150 sq. ft. A 14″ tubular skylight can ligh to 300 sq. ft. Let us how you want lit and we can calculate the correct size.
Let this skylight contractors show you what this means.
This video estimates how much light is let in in terms of a 60KW light bulb
Skylights can beautify and enhance just about any room in your home. You might have a dark kitchen, bathroom or hallway that needs a little more light to show off its features. The instillation of new skylights will most certainly make your home feel warmer. Don’t worry that the instillation of skylights might make your home hotter. Today’s skylights can come with double panes and with “low-e”, for “low emissivity”, and are very energy efficient.
When you choose to install a new skylight you may have to cut the ceiling and make an opening to let the light in. If you want a large skylight you may even need to move some trusses around. But don’t worry! We are licenses roofing and building contractors. Our qualified crews can do all of the exterior and interior work. If you want a skylight, we are your one stop contractor.
Are you looking to replace a skylight? The roofing experts at Preventive offer stunning, high-performance skylights for homeowners in Boca Raton, FL just like you. You get your own little piece of the sky while enjoying big savings and an exceptional customer experience.
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Preventive Maintenance Support Services is proud to be one of the few roofing companies in South Florida that truly specializes in skylight replacement and new skylight instillation. As mentioned above, skylight work can require three trades; Roofing, Building and interior finishing. PMSS has you all of you skylight needs with our crews and no subcontractors
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