SKYCO Skylights Receives FM Approval for Industrial Skylight

Skyco Skylights can now add Factory Mutual FM Approval to its line of 4×8 industrial skylight.

FM Approvals is a third-party certification and approval of commercial and industrial products for property loss prevention purpose. Their certification assures building owners that Skyco Skylights’ line of 4×8 industrial skylights have been objectively tested and have met or exceeded the standard for quality, performance and reliability for commercial and industrial facilities.
 
“As we continue to grow our national and international presence, FM is a building block necessary in certain specifications. FM Approval is a certification of the quality and performance of our industrial skylights,” explains Skyco Skylights CEO, Ryan Marshall. “We have received support in the Southwestern markets and the FM Approval certification allows us to offer our industrial skylights to markets globally.”
 
The design enabled Skyco Skylights FM Approved skylight to meet a Severe (S) Hail Rating with 2.0 in diameter ice balls, the highest rating available, and a 195 psf high-performance wind uplift rating.
 
Marshall says, “This opens another opportunity for building owners seeking compliance, safety and performance for their buildings when it comes to daylighting products.”
 
The FM Approved industrial skylight is part of Skyco Skylights’ line of SKYPRO 4×8 industrial skylight models. Skyco Skylights uses aluminum framing with a capping system providing performance and longevity in polycarbonate domes. Polycarbonate material is known for its durability and is backed by a ten-year warranty against yellowing and breakage.
 
Skyco Skylights’ line of SKYPRO models boast other certifications, most notable is the ICC-ES Listing (ESR-3837) and UL Listing for its smoke and heat vent skylights. Skyco Skylights is also an active member of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and a source for industry consulting on safety and daylighting topics.

Avoid Problems with Skylights through Proper Installation

As trendy as they are for green building and demonstrably beneficial for energy savings
through daylighting, skylights are sometimes viewed with a certain trepidation by roofing
contractors. After all, skylights are essentially holes in the roof with the potential to compromise roofing workers’ handiwork by providing unintended leakage paths.

Proper installation is essential to realizing designed-in leak-free performance and can vary by type of roofing involved and the type of skylight. It is recommended to always refer to and use the skylight manufacturer’s instructions that are specific to the roof system being installed. Of course, applicable code requirements supersede any instructions to the contrary.

 A commercial skylight provides more daylight and improves an indoor recreational setting. PHOTO: Structures Unlimited

A commercial skylight provides more daylight and improves an indoor recreational setting. PHOTO: Structures Unlimited

AAMA 1607-14, “Installation Guidelines for Unit Skylights”, which is an industry consensus guideline published by the Schaumburg, Ill.-based American Architectural Manufacturers Association, intended for use when manufacturer instructions are absent or incomplete, provides basic step- by-step installation instructions for 19 different ways to integrate various roofing materials, underlayment, flashing and skylight-mounting configurations to preserve the drainage plane. This must be the overriding intent of any installation protocols.

Note that some roofing contractors warrant their work against leakage, and skylight installation should not compromise or void such warranties. When in doubt, independent installers should confer with the roofing contractor.

INSTALLATION SUPPLIES

Proper installation begins with selection and use of the proper supplies—notably sealants, fasteners and flashing.

SEALANT SELECTION
If sealants are recommended by the manufacturer, follow the manufacturer’s specifications. When the manufacturer is silent about the use of sealants and the installation guidelines dictate their use, the following recommendations should be observed:

  • Compatibility—The sealant must not adversely react with or weaken the material it contacts.
  • Adhesion—The sealant must have good long-term adhesion. Surface preparation, cleaning procedures and, in some cases, primers are recommended by the sealant manufacturer.
  • Service Temperature—If the installation location involves elevated ambient temperatures, the sealant should exhibit corresponding service temperature performance.
  • Durability—The sealant must be capable of maintaining the required flexibility and integrity over time.
  • Application—Proper bead size and other application details should be followed to ensure a well-performing joint. Improper use of sealants can dam water pathways, so an important rule of thumb is not to block any weep holes that may be in the skylight system.

Typically, sealant or roofing cement is applied around the perimeter of the rough opening (deck mount) or the flange of self-flashing units or the top edge of a mounting frame. However, some skylights are designed with integral flashing flanges to be installed without the need for sealants.

It is also possible to utilize rolled roofing membranes as a substitute for sealants or plastic roofing cement.

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AAMA Releases Document Clarifying Weathering Requirements for Solar Reflective Finishes

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) releases a document describing the test procedures and performance requirements for pigmented organic coatings applied to aluminum, fiber reinforced thermoset or wood and cellulosic composite profiles for windows, doors, wall panels, skylights, sloped glazing and similar products. The update is a clarification to the requirements for outdoor or accelerated weathering testing. The document Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Solar Reflective Finishes was originally released in 2013.

“Advances in coatings technologies for architectural products have provided the opportunity to expand the use of solar reflective coatings,” says Manny Mayer, architectural products manager at Tiger Drylac. “Selecting high-performance coatings with these solar reflective attributes can positively impact the energy efficiency associated with all exterior coated building components. The primary purpose for utilizing coatings with solar reflective properties is to keep the coated surfaces cooler than they would be with standard coatings.”

This specification is a supplement to the existing specifications (AAMA 613, 614, 615, 623, 624, 625, 653, 2603, 2604 and 2605) and does not in any way supersede the performance requirements contained in those documents, particularly the weathering requirements.

AAMA 643-16, as well as other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s online store.

AAMA Releases Guideline for Installing Pre-assembled Unit Skylights

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has published AAMA 1607, “Voluntary Installation Guidelines for Unit Skylights.” This document provides a guideline for installing pre-assembled unit skylights onto a roof.

“The AAMA 1607 document is the first and only comprehensive unit skylight installation guideline ever produced,” says Bob Sampson (RCS Consulting), chair of the AAMA 1607 Update Task Group. “This outlines the best practices for a full range of roofing systems and product designs. It provides the architect, general contractor and roofing contractor with the best information to ensure a well detailed and executed installation. This can have a great effect on impacting the successful application of skylights on many projects in the future.”

The intent of this standard is to educate by providing clear illustrations and concise commentary on the principles involved to facilitate effective installation practice, when the unit manufacturer has not provided such detail in their instructions. Proper preparations and roof safety also are addressed within the standard.

AAMA 1607, along with other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s Publication store.