Skylight Information & FAQ

Skylight Information & FAQ

Skylight Installation

The final key to well designed and professionally constructed skylighting is trained skylight installation. AiA Industries offers "One Source, One Responsibility" skylighting with our in-house installers, or AiA approved installers, using state-of-the-art techniques and specialized equipment to complete the job properly. *Installation offered on select and custom structural skylights*

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Skylight Glazing

Standard 1" insulated glass units clear or tinted are available for a distortion free visual. Other glazing options for increased insulative and ultraviolet resistant properties are LoE TM and Heat Mirror TM units. AiA Industries, Inc. offers a wide variety of glazing options to balance performance and budget considerations. Structured Polycarbonate glazing is an economical alternative to glass, available in a variety of thicknesses and tints.

The links and glazing and glossary pages offer extensive information about all of these options, or contact one of our representatives for suggestions and recommendations.

Need more examples and explanation? View our Skylight Glazing Charts

Impact Resistance

AiA skylights are factory sealed and assembled for quick and easy installation. By allowing the installer to use a site built, pre-fabricated or any type of existing curb to meet a specific job application. Skylight styles that allow use on any pitched or flat roof with any type of shingle, tile, or built up application. Our skylight frames come with pre-positioned fastener holes to insure proper attachment to the curb. An integral condensation gutter traps any moisture that may accumulate and allows this moisture to escape to the outside of the skylight. Acrylic skylight domes are available in bronze, white, or clear. The top glazing is also sealed to the frame with Structural Sealant. Our aluminum skylight frames are available in either clear anodized or dark bronze anodized finishes.

To get an idea of how a standard acrylic skylight compares to an impact resistant polycarbonate skylight, we have posted a couple of videos on YouTube.

FAQ

Here are some answers to commonly-asked questions about our skylights.

Does AiA make custom-sized skylights?

AIA is a 100% custom manufacturer. Besides our standard stock sizes, we offer a full range of custom sizes to fit your requirements. We offer custom size units at standard size pricing.

What is a roof curb?

A roof curb is a raised frame to provide a surface for mounting mechanical units, skylights, etc. on a roof.

What is the difference between a "curb-mounted" skylight and a "self-flashing" skylight?

A curb-mounted skylight is designed to mount on top of an existing flashed roof curb. Consider the skylight curb to be like a shoebox, and the curb-mounted skylight is the shoebox lid. When ordering a curb-mounted skylight, please provide the measurements for the outside curb dimension. See the Curb-Mounted Skylight Worksheet for more information.

A self-flashing skylight is a skylight that comes with a built-in roof curb. The curb is a 4" tall aluminum extrusion that is integrated with the skylight frame. When ordering a self-flashing skylight, please provide measurements for the inside curb dimension. See the Self-Flashing Skylight Worksheet for more information.

How do you measure the outside curb dimensions?

The outside curb dimensions are measured to the outside edge of the roof curb. These dimensions are the exact outer-most edges of a pre-existing roof curb. Please do not add any clearance - we will automatically include an industry standard clearance.

What colors do your skylights come in?

The standard aluminum finish is dark bronze or clear anodized. Full arrays of colors utilizing the latest powder coating techniques, enamel or KYNAR are available. The exterior may also be clad with copper or other metals to match the surrounding roof or flashing materials.

What is "glazing" and how does it affect my sky-lighting experience?

Glazing is the transparent material on skylights. All glazing will have inherent minor distortion, especially when viewed at an angle. For example, acrylic or polycarbonate domes will have distortion due to the curvature of the dome, waves, small bumps, and/or other imperfections created during the manufacturing process. These distortions may be noticeable when looking at an object other than the blue sky. Tempered glass typically has the least distortion, but can have waves that are inherent in the tempering process. Please contact AiA for more information.

Where can I find detailed specifications for your products?

Detailed specifications can be found in the Skylight Details and Specifications Page section of our site.

What expectations should I have for inspections and maintenance for my skylight?

Skylights and Translucent Wall Systems should be inspected yearly, and will require maintenance approximately every one to five years. Local conditions will dictate this frequency, and sometimes will necessitate more frequent maintenance. Examples of conditions that may require accelerated maintenance include: dirt and/or insects clogging weep systems, exposure to corrosive environments and extreme weather. Maintenance typically involves cleaning, scraping loose caulking, re-caulking, and clearing weep holes. Please contact AiA for more information.