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Longevity by Design: Sustainable Skylights for Commercial & Residential Applications

December 6, 2023

Longevity by Design: Sustainable Skylights for Commercial & Residential Applications

Skylights play a crucial role in enhancing the aesthetics, functionality, and energy efficiency of both commercial and residential spaces. When investing in skylights, longevity, and safety are paramount considerations.

VTECH Skylights understands this importance and is dedicated to delivering sustainable solutions that exceed industry standards. In this article, we will explore the key elements and innovative techniques employed by VTECH Skylights to ensure the longevity, safety, and performance of their skylights.

VTECH Skylights: Meeting & Exceeding Industry Standards

VTECH Skylights sets the bar high by not only meeting but exceeding industry standards when it comes to skylight design and performance. They adhere to stringent design load standards set by reputable organizations such as the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA), + American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), and the International Code Council (ICC).

These standards encompass various factors, including:

  • Wind loads,
  • Impact structural integrity,
  • Snow loads, and
  • Fall resistance.

VTECH Skylights' commitment to these standards ensures that their skylights can withstand even the harshest environmental conditions, providing long-lasting and reliable performance.

Additionally, VTECH Skylights holds FEMA certification and fall protection certification, which further attests to their dedication to safety. FEMA certification ensures that their skylights are designed to withstand extreme weather events, offering peace of mind to customers in areas prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, or severe storms.

Fall protection certification ensures that VTECH Skylights' skylights provide a safe working environment for maintenance and cleaning personnel. By meeting and surpassing these certifications, VTECH Skylights demonstrates its commitment to delivering skylights that not only meet but exceed the highest industry safety standards.

Advanced Glazing Options

VTECH Skylights offers a wide range of advanced glazing options, allowing customers to tailor their skylights to specific requirements while ensuring optimal energy efficiency and sustainability. The choice of glazing can significantly impact the performance and longevity of skylights.

VTECH Skylights provides:

  • Clear,
  • Low-Emissivity (low-E), and
  • Tinted glazing choices control the amount of heat and light entering a space.

Low-E glazing helps to reduce heat transfer, keeping interiors cooler in hot climates and reducing the load on air conditioning systems. Tinted glazing options provide additional protection against excessive sunlight and glare while allowing for natural daylight.

In addition to energy-efficient glazing options, VTECH Skylights offers:

  • Safety glass (Safety glass, such as laminated or tempered glass, is designed to minimize the risk of injury in the event of breakage),
  • Hurricane glass (hurricane glass is engineered to withstand the impact of wind-borne debris and extreme wind pressures, making it ideal for regions prone to hurricanes or strong storms), and
  • Ballistic glass glazing options. (Ballistic glass is designed to resist the penetration of projectiles, providing increased security in sensitive areas.)

Research and studies support the benefits of these advanced glazing options in terms of longevity, sustainability, and occupant comfort. For example, a study conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that low-E glazing can significantly reduce energy consumption and improve indoor comfort by minimizing heat gain and loss through skylights.

Uniform Load Skylights

Uniform load skylights are designed to distribute weight evenly across the skylight, reducing the risk of stress and potential damage. By evenly distributing the load, these skylights ensure long-term structural integrity and minimize the chances of sagging or failure.

The design load calculations for uniform load skylights consider various factors, including snow loads, wind loads, and impact resistance. VTECH Skylights utilizes advanced engineering techniques and simulations to determine the appropriate load distribution and ensure that their skylights can withstand the forces they will encounter throughout their lifespan.

Aliphatic Polyurethane Frame Material

VTECH Skylights prioritizes using high-quality materials to enhance the durability and longevity of their skylights. One notable material they employ is Aliphatic Polyurethane for the frame.

Aliphatic Polyurethane offers exceptional high-impact protection and superior resistance to UV radiation, weathering, and aging compared to other frame materials. This ensures that the skylights maintain their structural integrity and aesthetic appeal over an extended period.

Moreover, Aliphatic Polyurethane exhibits improved dimensional stability, making it less prone to expansion and contraction due to temperature changes. This characteristic is particularly important for skylights, as they are exposed to varying temperature extremes throughout the year.

By using Aliphatic Polyurethane frames, VTECH Skylights minimizes the risk of warping, cracking, or degradation, resulting in skylights that maintain their performance and appearance for years to come.

RIM Technology Manufacturing Process

VTECH Skylights employs state-of-the-art RIM (Reaction Injection Molding) Technology in the manufacturing process of their skylights. This innovative technique involves injecting liquid components into a mold, where they chemically react and solidify to form the final product.

The RIM Technology process allows for the production of skylights with improved dimensional stability, higher strength-to-weight ratios, and enhanced overall product quality. The process enables VTECH Skylights to create skylights with complex shapes, precise details, and consistent quality.

The resulting skylights are structurally robust and resistant to impact, ensuring longevity and safety in demanding commercial and residential environments. Research and studies have highlighted the advantages of RIM Technology in terms of product performance, structural integrity, and long-term durability.

20-Year Full-Systems Warranty

VTECH Skylights stands behind the quality and longevity of its skylights by offering a comprehensive 20-year system warranty. This warranty provides customers with confidence and reassurance that their investment is protected for an extended period. In the unlikely event of any manufacturing defects or performance issues, VTECH Skylights is always ready to provide the necessary support and solutions.

Curb Mounted Cap Skylights (CMC) and Seamless Self-Flashing Skylights (SSF)

VTECH Skylights offers two innovative skylight solutions:

  • Curb Mounted Cap Skylights (CMC). CMC skylights provide enhanced installation flexibility and performance by utilizing a cap that fits directly onto a pre-existing curb. This design ensures seamless integration between the skylight and the roof, minimizing the risk of leaks and water intrusion. The CMC skylight system offers exceptional weather resistance and durability, contributing to the longevity and reliability of the skylight.
  • Seamless Self-Flashing Skylights (SSF). SSF skylights feature a seamless, weather-tight design that eliminates the need for additional flashing components. The self-flashing design ensures a tight seal between the skylight and the roofing material, preventing water infiltration and potential damage. SSF skylights offer easy installation and superior protection against leaks, enhancing the longevity and performance of the skylight system.

Research has demonstrated the benefits of CMC and SSF skylights in terms of installation ease, weather resistance, and long-term performance. Proper installation techniques, such as those employed in CMC and SSF skylights, significantly reduce the risk of leaks and subsequent structural damage. This, in turn, leads to improved indoor air quality.

Modular Adapters for Versatile Installation

VTECH Skylights understands that every building has unique requirements when it comes to skylight installation. To accommodate different opening sizes and configurations, VTECH Skylights offers modular adapters that provide versatile installation options. These adapters are designed to seamlessly integrate the skylights into any opening, ensuring a precise fit and optimal performance.

The modular adapters are manufactured using seam-welded aluminum or stainless steel, providing exceptional durability and compatibility with various architectural styles. The robust construction of the adapters ensures that the skylights are securely installed, preventing any potential issues related to fit or structural integrity.

VTECH Skylights' modular adapters exemplify their commitment to delivering skylight solutions that meet the specific needs of each project, contributing to their longevity and overall performance.

Easy Installation Process

VTECH Skylights' skylights are engineered for easy and efficient installation, streamlining the construction process and minimizing disruptions. Their skylights arrive ready to be installed, eliminating the need for on-site assembly and reducing the risk of missing parts.

The installation process involves applying a double bead of polyurethane adhesive. Along with that, everything is held with a few fasteners to secure the skylight in place. The straightforward installation process not only saves time and labor costs but also ensures that the skylights are installed correctly for optimal performance.

By eliminating potential installation errors, VTECH Skylights guarantees that their skylights deliver the expected longevity and safety benefits from day one.

Final Words

VTECH Skylights always strives to ensure the longevity, safety, and performance of their skylights in both commercial and residential applications. By choosing VTECH Skylights, you can confidently invest in skylights that will enhance your spaces for years to come, providing abundant natural light, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal.

Contact us today to learn more about what makes our solutions stand out!

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