WHAT IS ACRYLIC?
Acrylic is the most commonly
used material in traditional domed curb mount and self-flashing
skylights. It comes in a variety of tints and is an extremely reliable
material for use in a wide range of shapes and sizes. It can be formed
into domes, circulars, pyramids, ridges, etc
WHAT IS POLYCARBONATE?
Polycarbonate is the other material commonly used in domed
skylights. Polycarbonate is used in applications where impact
resistance is a requirement. It is the material used in our Miami-Dade
Approved Hurricane Impact Skylights. It is even popular in areas that
may be prone to Hail Damage. Polycarbonate can be formed just as easily
WHAT IS A CURB MOUNTED SKYLIGHT?
A curb mounted skylight is a skylight designed to mount onto an
already existing roof curb. With the roof curb still in place, you
simply remove the skylight frame and glazing from the curb, clean the
top surface, apply some polyurethane adhesive, mount the new skylight,
and screw or nail it the new skylight frame to the curb. Think of this
example: the skylight curb is like a shoebox, while a curb mounted
skylight is the shoebox lid. When purchasing a curb mounted skylight,
the measurements that we need to know are the OUTSIDE CURB DIMENSIONS.
WHAT ARE THE OUTSIDE CURB DIMENSIONS?
When you are replacing an old skylight, odds are the curb that
the skylight sits on is still in fine shape; you simply need a fresh,
shiny, new skylight. The outside curb dimensions are measured to the
outside edge of the shoebox we spoke about in the above description.
These dimensions refer to the outer-most edges of a pre-existing roof
curb. By removing the skylight frame and measuring the length and the
width to the outside edge of the curb, taking into consideration the
roof flashing, you will have the outside curb dimensions. For
purchasing curb mounted skylights, outside curb dimensions are required.
WHAT IS A SELF-FLASHING SKYLIGHT?
A self-flashing skylight is a skylight mainly used during new
construction or remodeling. Generally, if you are adding a new skylight
to your home, not replacing one, you should consider a self-flashing
skylight. These skylights come to you with a built in roof curb, unlike
the curb mounted skylights referred to above. With a self-flashing
skylight, you simply determine the size roof opening you would like, and
let us do the rest. When purchasing a self-flashing skylight, the
measurements that we need to know are the ROOF OPENING DIMENSIONS.
WHAT ARE THE ROOF OPENING
When you decide to install a new skylight, perhaps during the
construction of a new home, during a re-roof of your existing home, or
simply adding a skylight to brighten a dark and dreary room, you should
consider using a self-flashing skylight. Because the curb is built into
the skylight, all that we need to know is how big of a hole do you wish
to put in your roof. If you would like a 2 x 4 skylight in a space
that does not currently have one, you would order a self-flashing
skylight with roof opening dimensions of 24 x 48. It is as simple as
that. For purchasing self-flashing skylights, roof opening dimensions
WHAT IS THERMALLY BROKEN?
Thermally broken refers to skylight frames that include a polyurethane
block that separates the skylight frame from the glazing. This helps to
reduce thermal heat loss and condensation build-up in colder climates.
Thermally broken is an option available on all of our skylights and
recommended in colder climates.