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Old 04-14-2012, 11:40 PM   #1
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Options for replacing skylights

I know many of you have liked and/or installed the custom Maxim skylights.
These are domed and I was thinking, why couldn't a skylight use a flat panel of appropriate glass. I have seen this used for residential and for oddly shaped openings, ie. various triangles used in dome home construction.

I'm thinking if sealed well along lip of frame attached to AS roof, with a small overhang around the edge and good sealing around that existing frame, this would provide an economical option. Additionally, I could apply top quality window film to aid in heat and UV reflection.

Has anyone considered this or installed something similar?
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:35 AM   #2
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Flat corrugated Lexan skylight

I fabricated a new one for my 63. It is cheap and has worked for 20 years. I used 1/4 in corrugated that they use in Green houses and 1 inch aluminum L for the edges. I used the original openers. There should be a picture on one of these threads here.
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Old 04-15-2012, 06:45 AM   #3
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Here is the thread dwightdi is referring to.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f455...tml#post561180

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Old 04-17-2012, 08:55 PM   #4
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Glass

I talked to a glass business today, and he said it should work. He suggested using a laminated,tempered glass and also suggested to protect the edges with some type of aluminum frame. I will be going back and checking prices etc. Sounds like a good idea to me. Good luck.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:41 PM   #5
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I talked to a glass business today, and he said it should work. He suggested using a laminated,tempered glass and also suggested to protect the edges with some type of aluminum frame. I will be going back and checking prices etc. Sounds like a good idea to me. Good luck.
mdh,

If you don't mind sharing the pricing you obtain. I haven't had time to make a visit to discuss type of glass. My first though though was just what was recommended to you. Tempered laminate is safe and strong for automotive use, can't see there being a problem for roof skylight use. Even figured automotive glass adhesive would work...as long as aluminum is not contraindicated for its use.

I really desire the window tint for heat and UV rejection. It gets hot here in the desert. Thinking I may even add it in light color to the windows.

I'll share what I come up with too.

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Old 04-17-2012, 09:45 PM   #6
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It will be a few days before I get back, but will keep you informed on what I find out.

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Old 04-20-2012, 02:35 PM   #7
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Hi,

We just got back from a couple days of camping. I checked with the local glass company and was told a 22x22 piece of tempered/laminated glass would run about $120 plus extras such as tinting. At this price point I am going to investigate putting on a flat piece of lexan. Let us know what you end up doing. Good luck. Mike
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:46 PM   #8
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Changed ours last Season, got this from Inland RV, much better quality than the OEM.

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We installed the Inland RV skylight and have been happy with it until this, its second season. It is most definitely better than OEM. But now it has cracked at two corners, along one edge, and the inside flat pane has a crack from the edge inward. What went wrong? I'm going to have to take this off and put on another one.
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I'm a newbie here, but will have to tackle this sometime also. The glass price above seems high.

I just had new automotive (flat) tinted glass cut for my truck. I paid $125 for two side windows, 2 wing windows, rear glass, and 2 mirrors. That included labor to custom cut each pc and throw in some gasket.

I would think $50 ought to buy a large square tinted glass. There is probably some extruded aluminum channel that would work for framing.

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We installed the Inland RV skylight and have been happy with it until this, its second season. It is most definitely better than OEM. But now it has cracked at two corners, along one edge, and the inside flat pane has a crack from the edge inward. What went wrong? I'm going to have to take this off and put on another one.
I had the same thing with mine. It looks superior to the OEM skylight. But mine developed several hairline cracks on it after a couple years and I recently replaced it.

The dome didn't discolor or get foggy, the plastic just cracked. Perhaps the material is too brittle for the application.
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I had the same thing with mine. It looks superior to the OEM skylight. But mine developed several hairline cracks on it after a couple years and I recently replaced it.

The dome didn't discolor or get foggy, the plastic just cracked. Perhaps the material is too brittle for the application.
SFSG...with ours.

One thing I did...put down a substantial bead of Sika 721 around the opening, let it sit for 30min and screw the skylight down diagonally, do not over tighten, let the caulk support the skylight on the curb.

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Cracks

I had a similar experience to Jim and Marsha in post number 9. I didn't make a full year with my Inland RV replacement before the cracks developed. I took extra precautions on not over tightening the screws, but still they cracked and even the flat clear panel cracked and separated from the dome panel. When I recently removed it because of leaks it easily broke into pieces-seemed very brittle. I just finished my replacement with the maxim skylight and couldn't be happier. it is a very good product and the install is also very simple. It appears to be a permanent solution, and one I wish I had done the first time and had saved the money I had wasted on the first one. We just tested it in a major rain in the Black Hills and it passed the leak test.

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There really ought to be a way to coat these things (when new) to prevent such sun damage.

Maybe a little story here. The MG has "hubcaps," which are just little metal disks with the MG logo painted on them. The problem was that the painted logo would last only about a year before being totally ruined by the sun. Throw them away and spend another ~20 bucks for new ones.

The last time, though, I had a handy spray can of clear varnish, so I plopped the new caps down and gave them each a squirt. Waited a day and installed them. That was, ah, about 15 years ago, and the painted logos are as fresh as new.

So, then, that's varnished paint. Is there anything out there to coat plastic with a UV-resistant finish?


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