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Old 05-19-2009, 06:50 PM   #1
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Hi guys!... Well haven't had the new flat roof installed yet...soon this summer tho.

Another question...there are presently four skylights on this flat roof...that are about 3x3 square and with (top) pane window conventionally angled down with open/close (glass)louvers on one side.

I understand that when the roof is done...they have to be removed and at this time can be replace with new ones...as has been suggested.

So if i have to replaced them... a couple of thoughts come to mind...that is...

1. perhaps i can have something more creative or artful...dome crystal???

2.The other thing is security...as a burglar can just break the glass on the present old ones and enter through the roof.

Any ideas or suggestions appreciated...THANKS!!!

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Old 05-19-2009, 07:24 PM   #2
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Do you have burglar bars on your ground level windows?

If not, why be concerned about a burglar climbing onto the roof for access?

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Old 05-22-2009, 05:26 AM   #3
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Hi ED... The house has an alarm system...

Any ideas or info on roof skylights appreciated...Thanks again!
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Check out Velux Brand for low slope roofs with high curbs.

That is the best known brand that gets recommended by most roofers.

Other than that, there are many manufacturers of skylights specifically for flat roof, but Velux not only work the best, but look nice too and have lots of options for convenience and comfort.

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A skylight can be alarmed
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Old 05-23-2009, 05:53 PM   #6
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THANKS ED and Scuba_Dave for the replies...

Dave...alarm a skylight?...how so...much like a door or window?

The present roofer whom i am contemplating on using says he has a sheet metal guy who does all his skylight metal work...last time he estimated it at 250 bucks replace the old existing one with a newly constructed one.

So figured i could get little creative and have this guy build something different than what i have now which is pretty standard looking skylight.

Or i could just use the same ones i have now...clean them up some paint...The roofer suggested to replace them as on the down side slope of the top pane.....inside there is a drip lip that catches the condensation water...which looked pretty rusted...

I just figured if all it did was to collect a little water i could perhaps coated with some old henrys or tar or paint. Hmmm...what do you guys think?


Your suggestions opinions appreciated...Great site ED...learning a lot ...THANKS!
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Old 05-23-2009, 06:12 PM   #7
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Yes, they can put a wireless alarm on it - if open it will either sound an alarm or flash on the panel - reminding you to close it before you leave the house. The only problem with that is you may want to leave it open for ventilation. I leave mine open 2-3" at times

They can also - or instead - put a sensor on it if someone breaks the glass an alarm will sound

For a skylight you can also get a sensor with an electric skylight that will close the skylight in case of rain. But they are double the price

Any pic of the skylight/rust?
How old is the skylight?
Newer ones have better insulation value - if yours is really old
I've always gone with factory formed flashing
Velux has very specific top & bottom flashing - not easily replicated
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Old 05-26-2009, 12:58 AM   #8
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Scuba_Dave...

I just haven't gotten into taking pictures since they switch from film to digital...bought one when they first came out....lol...wasn't a friendly user one...We'll have to shop for one...again...probably video that can take still pics too...if there is one.

The skylights sits about 12 inches above the deck on a raised mount about 3x3 feet square.

As for how old?...probably more than 15 years is my guess...have only had the house for 5 years...

.....However i can pound a straight nail...guess thats from wood shop and tree houses when one was a kid.

Back to the subject...since the skylight holes are already there...i would have to see if there are any prefabricated skylights that would fit...the existing openings.

Thanks for the reply...

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