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90 Dorman Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 920-9720

Serving Northern California

Services include skylight systems, light tubes, skylight windows, natural light skylights, venting skylights and dome skylights. Brands include Fleetwood, Marvin and Arcadia...
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Why Trust Diamond Certified Skylight Companies Rated Highest in Quality?

You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a skylight company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified skylight contractor. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated skylight company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you'll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

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4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

How to Choose
Selecting New Skylights in San Fran

Skylights are a great addition to any room. Rooms adding this natural light from the ceiling feel larger, brighter, more beautiful, and the extra light just lifts the spirit. Skylights come in an assortment of shapes and sizes, such as: rectangular, tubular, circular, triangular, oval, diamond, and multi-sided. Before you choose, take time to do some research so that you are well informed about this purchase.
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Skylights are a great addition to any room. Rooms adding this natural light from the ceiling feel larger, brighter, more beautiful, and the extra light just lifts the spirit. Skylights come in an assortment of shapes and sizes, such as: rectangular, tubular, circular, triangular, oval, diamond, and multi-sided. Before you choose, take time to do some research so that you are well informed about this purchase.

The benefits of natural light to individuals and plants are well recognized. A skylight makes available more natural light than a vertical window (up to 30%). Also skylights can truly make a room feel larger. You can find a skylight for any ceiling or roof style. Knowing this information, you should begin to decide which room or rooms of the house would be the best for the skylight.

There are many skylight companies to choose from in San Francisco that serve the major neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, and Tenderloin, as well as the smaller neighborhoods like Cole Valley, Glen Park, Jackson Square, and Treasure island. How can you find the skylight company that is right for you and your home? Researching the facts and finding good information about skylights are will help you begin this quest for a skylight your family will appreciate.

Classifications of Natural Lighting Products from San Francisco Skylight Contractors
The three major classifications of skylights are fixed, operable, and tubular; however within each of these three categories there are several more options

Fixed Skylights
Fixed skylights do not open nor do they move. Their main purpose is to brighten the room with light. These work well in attics, bonus rooms or anywhere you want extra light. Styles and sizes vary from domes to rectangles. Some of the options under this category include:

  • Flat roof skylights - This selection will flood natural light into an area to illuminate the room underneath it. Natural light will reflect off the sidewalls to cause light dispersion.
  • Domed skylights - These skylights shed water more effectively than other types of skylights. It is perfect for a house in moist, rainy areas. It is the best option for homes that acquire ice build-up. Its design makes it immune to potential problems with water pooling.
  • Round skylights - This is a circular skylight that rises above the flat surface of the roof in a circular shape.
  • Pyramid skylights -This style of skylight is comprised of four triangular pieces that form a pyramid projecting out from the roof.
  • Polygon skylights - This choice of skylights is impressive, but expensive. It is an ornate style made by using multiple acrylic or glass pieces shaped like triangles. It will peak above the roof's surface.

Ventilating Skylights
Ventilating skylights can be controlled three different ways: temperature sensor, automatically, a motorized or hand crank, or an electric on/off switch on the wall. These can be opened and closed to allow air to come in. It is an excellent choice for an area that needs extra circulation. This type has a hinge on one side and can open/close when needed. These are an excellent choice for bathrooms or a kitchen.

  • Flat ventilating skylights - These skylights come square or rectangle shapes. They are made of flat glass or acrylic.
  • Dome ventilating skylights - This is just like flat although it is rounded.

Tubular Skylights
Tubular skylights are fairly new. Because of their small size (10 inch or 14 inch diameter), tubular skylights (also known as sun tunnels) are frequently used in closets, bathrooms, and halls. In spite of their size, these skylights provide a lot of light. They look like light fixtures because of their size and intensity. Sunlight comes in through a tube extending down from the roof. The interior part of the tube is covered with a reflective metal coating. The light reflects off the metal into the room. Sun damage is not a problem on the carpet or other items in the room because sunlight is well diffused through tubular skylights. This type of skylight is easy to install.

Typical Materials Used in Skylights in San Francisco
New skylights in San Francisco are typically made up of three standard materials: acrylic, lexan, and laminated glass. You are limited by the kind of skylight you select. You will want to check to see which of these options is a possibility is for you before you decide on the skylight you want.

Acrylic - The most common and cost-effective synthetic offered is acrylic. You can select from single or double glazed applications, from several tints, and UV resistance levels. The Northern and the Southern parts of the United States use acrylic. Acrylic skylights are work well for a utility room, a workshop, or a garage where fashion is less of a concern than functionality

Lexan - Lexan is similar to acrylic, but it is more impact resistant. It is used in areas that are prone to hurricanes.

Laminated glass - Like Lexan, laminated glass is used in areas prone to hurricanes. It comes in monolithic and insulated performance glass. You can use it with reflective coatings, Low E coatings, and several different tints. This type is not obtainable in dome skylights.

Your Options in Skylight Glazing
Options in glazing will give you different degrees of protection and also different degrees of insulation. Your choice will depend on how severe the weather is in San Francisco and other elements in the environment. Some desire limited insulation, while others want significant insulation.

  • Single glazing - This type of glazing is obtainable in every type of glazing; however, it offers the least amount of insulation from the weather and from sound.
  • Double glazing - You can use double glazing with acrylic and lexan. This glaze includes a space of insulated air that is sealed mechanically. It insulates from outdoor noises while making your house more energy efficient.
  • Insulated Glass - This particular type is for glass skylights. The insulated glass is really an airspace that is hermetically sealed. This option also safeguards your house from the elements.
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Know What You Want
What to Ask Yourself before Purchasing New Skylights in San Fran

Before you choose a skylight to install in your home, there are many factors to consider. You must evaluate the type of skylight that will work with your house style and lifestyle. Use the questions below to help you determine what you really want from a skylight, and you are almost guaranteed to find the perfect skylight to brighten your home....

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Before you choose a skylight to install in your home, there are many factors to consider. You must evaluate the type of skylight that will work with your house style and lifestyle. Use the questions below to help you determine what you really want from a skylight, and you are almost guaranteed to find the perfect skylight to brighten your home.

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified skylight company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • Do I want my new skylights to provide ventilation or just light?
  • Is it important that I buy noise reduction skylights that reduce noise from outside?
  • Do I want a new skylight installation in a small area or large area?
  • How important is the energy efficiency of my new skylights?
  • Which room of my house could benefit from the natural lighting of a skylight?
  • Do I want the ventilation skylight remote controlled or do I want a manual switch?
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What to Ask on the Phone
Questions to Ask Skylight Companies in San Francisco on the

As you are interviewing skylight companies in San Francisco in the major neighborhoods of Bernal Heights, Excelsior, and Pacific Heights, or in your area, it is a good idea to have a list of questions prepared. This will keep you on track during your phone interview and will help ensure that you get the answers you need to make an educated decision about new skylights for your home. Keep a paper and pencil handy to write down answers from each company....

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As you are interviewing skylight companies in San Francisco in the major neighborhoods of Bernal Heights, Excelsior, and Pacific Heights, or in your area, it is a good idea to have a list of questions prepared. This will keep you on track during your phone interview and will help ensure that you get the answers you need to make an educated decision about new skylights for your home. Keep a paper and pencil handy to write down answers from each company. Then you will know which San Francisco skylight company answered each question most reasonably and may make it clear which company is the best choice.

  • Has your company earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  • Do the skylights have tempered glass?

This is an important question to ask. If you put in untempered glass and a large tree is hanging above the skylight, one brisk wind can shatter the skylight to pieces.

  • Should I get a skylight that opens?

This is another important question. If you are the type that wants to look up at the night sky, you may want a skylight with a remote control that will open up to different heights. Or you may be one that enjoys a breeze on a spring evening.

  • Would I prefer a window treatment or tinted windows rather than a skylight?

If you live in hot and humid areas, you will certainly want tinted windows. Window treatments offer several options. Remember that skylights are difficult to decorate with traditional curtains or blinds.

  • How energy efficient do I want my new skylights to be?

The least environmental friendly feature that you will want to buy when you install a skylight is double-paned thermal glass. You also may want to raise the bar higher and be assured the skylight has a thermal break. That way it will cut back on heat loss caused by induction.

  • How can I be positive that my new skylight will not leak?

You cannot be sure that a skylight will never leak. The best thing for you to do is ensure that it has step flashing on its sides. If that can't happen, the least thing to do is make sure it has strip flashing that you can caulk to make the skylight more watertight. Always have new skylights installed by professional and licensed skylight installers to help ensure a good installation.

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What to Ask in Person
Questions to Ask Skylight Companies in San Francisco in P

After interviewing skylight companies on the phone, you can narrow the field to your choice of good skylight companies in San Francisco, in the larger neighborhoods of Nob Hill, North Beach, and Bayview District, including the smaller neighborhoods of Jackson Square, North Beach, Rincon Hill, and Russian Hill. You should select a local skylight company that will help you select new skylights with the appropriate features for your needs and your home. This skylight company representative can offer recommendations and advice to help you find the skylight that will work best in your home....

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After interviewing skylight companies on the phone, you can narrow the field to your choice of good skylight companies in San Francisco, in the larger neighborhoods of Nob Hill, North Beach, and Bayview District, including the smaller neighborhoods of Jackson Square, North Beach, Rincon Hill, and Russian Hill. You should select a local skylight company that will help you select new skylights with the appropriate features for your needs and your home. This skylight company representative can offer recommendations and advice to help you find the skylight that will work best in your home.

Questions you might want to consider at this point include:

  • What different types of skylights do you install?
  • What type of skylights do you install that gives the most light?
  • What type of skylight can you install that will give the most light?
  • What type of caulk or sealant do you use around the skylights?
  • How do you prevent skylight leakage?
  • What type of skylight blinds or skylight shades do you have available for the skylights?
  • What can I expect to get with an opening-style skylight?
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What to Ask References
Questions for References of Skylight Companies in the San Francisco

It's best to choose a Diamond Certified skylight company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality from a skylight in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, including the major neighborhoods of Hayward, Berkeley, San Leandro, and Alameda, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you'll never be fooled by fake reviews....

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It's best to choose a Diamond Certified skylight company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality from a skylight in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, including the major neighborhoods of Hayward, Berkeley, San Leandro, and Alameda, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you'll never be fooled by fake reviews. That's because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

If you can't find a Diamond Certified skylight company within reach, you'll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it's wise to call some references provided by your skylight company. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the skylight company are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That's because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the local skylight company's ten most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied. Ask general questions about their experiences with the company's personnel, as well as questions about the installation. Questions you might want to ask include:

  • What type of skylights do the _ (name the skylight company_) install for you?
  • Were you satisfied with the skylight installed from this San Francisco skylight company?
  • Did the skylight company finish their work on time?
  • Did the skylight company keep you up-to-date with the status of the skylight? Or did you have to call in order to get information?
  • If you live in a smaller neighborhoods, such as Cole Valley, and Noe Valley, did they charge extra to travel to your home?
  • Did the company show up on time?
  • Did you feel the price was fair for the skylight?
  • Did they clean up after completing the job?
  • What did you like best about this particular skylight company?
  • If you need a skylight in the future, will you consider hiring this skylight company?
  • Would you recommend this skylight company to your friends and family?
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Review Your Options
Consider Your Options for Skylights in the

Choosing the right skylight company is an important concern. The more costly companies do not necessarily offer better value. However, the low-cost companies may not provide all the services you need. You need to understand that every skylight company will do things in a different way. So before deciding on the best skylight company in San Francisco for you, it is important to consider the following questions....

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Choosing the right skylight company is an important concern. The more costly companies do not necessarily offer better value. However, the low-cost companies may not provide all the services you need. You need to understand that every skylight company will do things in a different way. So before deciding on the best skylight company in San Francisco for you, it is important to consider the following questions.

  • What can the local skylight companies offer in San Francisco that meet your needs when it comes to skylight types, scheduling, customer service and experience?
  • Are the skylight sales representatives knowledgeable about the brands and techniques they use?
  • Is the skylight installation company sensitive to your budget?
  • Can they offer various skylight types and services to meet your resources?
  • Do the skylight companies offer written warranties that back up their work and their products?
  • What are the billing practices of the San Francisco skylight company?
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How to Work With
Getting the Most Benefit from Skylight Companies in San Fran

Once you find a local skylight company that meets all your standards, it is time to ask for a written contract. This contract should include the written details about the price of the skylight and the installation, as well as the dates to begin and end the job.

Be sure to read and understand all the terms and restrictions before you sign the contract. This contract should protect your property and your interests, as well as those of skylight company. Because of this, you should never sign an incomplete estimate.
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Once you find a local skylight company that meets all your standards, it is time to ask for a written contract. This contract should include the written details about the price of the skylight and the installation, as well as the dates to begin and end the job.

Be sure to read and understand all the terms and restrictions before you sign the contract. This contract should protect your property and your interests, as well as those of skylight company. Because of this, you should never sign an incomplete estimate.

Do not be afraid to write specific requests or verbal agreements in the contract. This will protect you and confirm that you get the services you agreed on. You might include issues that are not always in a contract, like roof or lawn damage from installing the skylight.

Also protect your home by being proactive. Before the skylight is installed, schedule a walk through with the company supervisor and conduct a pre-work inspection of the property. You may want to take pictures of the home and landscape where the company will be working. Speak to the representative about the protection of your roof and yard during the work. After reaching an agreement, both you and the representative should sign and the date the contract. After the skylight is installed, do a final inspection together to confirm that your expectations were met.

Prepare Your Home for Skylight Installation
There are some things you can do to prepare for the skylight installers arrival and while the work is in progress to help their job go more efficiently. You could cut back on billable hour or the possibility of damage to your home.

Remove furniture and other movable objects from the working area. Before the workers arrive, remove all furniture, and movable items from the room where the skylight will be installed. Anything you can't remove should be moved as far out of the way as possible an covered with drop cloths.
Provide parking space for the work vehicles. Some skylight companies have large work trucks and may need more parking space than the regular vehicles. Communicate with the company before the start date and ask them how many vehicles will need parking space and whether any of the vehicles is oversized.

Keep children and pets away from the work area. The contractors will be concentrated on their work and should not have to watch out for children or pets. Rope off the room that is being worked on and keep that area clear until the work is finished.

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Be a Good Customer
How Can You Be a Good San Francisco Custo

It's the responsibility of the local skylight company to put in a quality skylight using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your new skylights, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a skylight company in San Francisco....

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It's the responsibility of the local skylight company to put in a quality skylight using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your new skylights, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a skylight company in San Francisco.

  • Be clear and upfront with the skylight company representative. Let them know what you want from your new skylight, the long-term outcome you're expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
  • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
  • Before you hire a skylight company in San Francisco, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the skylight representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local skylight companies occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
  • Ask your skylight installation representative if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
  • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times. The work will move along more smoothly if the company can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
  • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the skylight installation on schedule.
  • Pay for the new skylights and skylight installation promptly.

Why would you want to be a good customer? Skylight companies in San Francisco appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check the Work
Examine the Invoice and the Completed Skylight Install

When the skylight is completed, most San Francisco skylight installers will give you a written invoice that details the completed work. This invoice usually includes:...

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When the skylight is completed, most San Francisco skylight installers will give you a written invoice that details the completed work. This invoice usually includes:

  • The San Francisco skylight company's name and physical address
  • An itemized list of the skylights and skylight installation materials purchased
  • The total cost for skylight services, including the amount due for labor
  • Any applicable warrantees provided by the skylight manufacturer and the company

It is wise to compare the completed work with what was written on the invoice. Ask your company representative to walk through the job site and show you the skylight work. Check what was done against the invoice. During the walk-through, ask if there are any special instructions for maintaining your new skylight. If you have any questions about the work that was done or the materials used, now is the time to ask.

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Written Warranties
Obtain a Warranty in Writing from Local Skylight Companies in San Franc

Good skylight installers will offer some type of warranty on their work or on the materials that they used. All warranty details should be provided in writing during the contract stage or at the completion of the job. This written warranty information should include:...

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Good skylight installers will offer some type of warranty on their work or on the materials that they used. All warranty details should be provided in writing during the contract stage or at the completion of the job. This written warranty information should include:

  • The skylight company's name and physical address.
  • What skylight products and skylight services are covered. This should also include whether the skylight contractor will replace or repair your new skylight in the event of a product failure.
  • Your responsibility if you place a warranty claim (i.e., if you have to pay for labor or materials, or if you are required to pay a prorated amount).
  • Limitations and exclusions on the skylight, materials and workmanship.
  • If the skylight warranties are transferrable to the new owner if you sell your home.
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Top 10 Requests
Top Skylight Service Requests in San Fran

Skylight companies in San Francisco, including the major neighborhoods of Nob Hill, North Beach, and Bayview District, provide many types of service. However, some services are more common than others. The following are the most familiar requests for local skylight companies.

Acrylic Skylights
Acrylic skylights are covered and protected by a glazing material with outstanding optical clarity. This material helps with weathering, has good chemical resistance and insulating ability.

High Impact Acrylic Skylights...

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Skylight companies in San Francisco, including the major neighborhoods of Nob Hill, North Beach, and Bayview District, provide many types of service. However, some services are more common than others. The following are the most familiar requests for local skylight companies.

Acrylic Skylights
Acrylic skylights are covered and protected by a glazing material with outstanding optical clarity. This material helps with weathering, has good chemical resistance and insulating ability.

High Impact Acrylic Skylights
This type of skylight uses a glazing material that has an impact modifier. This is blended with the acrylic resin which meets specific impact requirements.

Motorized Skylights
Motorized skylights are the great answer for ventilating those difficult to reach spots in your roof area and attic. Besides admitting natural light and controlling the temperature levels, these skylights allow the window to fully open for ventilation, and use only a remote control.

Repair Leaking Skylights
Skylight leaks may occur in an aging or improperly sealed skylight. Signs of leaks include skylight condensation, nearby water puddling or ceiling stains. You will need to call your San Francisco skylight company if your skylights are still under warranty. You can also call local contractors to ask about skylight leak repair services.

Blinds for Skylights
Skylights provide added lighting and sometimes unwanted heat loss or gain and UV exposure. Skylight blinds will lower your energy bill and help insulate the house. They also protect against UV damage. There is a large selection of blinds made explicitly for skylights.

Skylight Accessories
Many accessories can be included with your skylight. You can select wood frames and sash, aluminum cladding, and insect screens. Manual and motorized telescopic rods help with manual blinds. Talk to your representative about other accessories that can be included.

Motorized Skylight Shades
With this shade, you can switch between natural room light and unparalleled glare and heat reduction. With the push of a button, the shade smoothly glides into place and blocks 99% of the sun's UV rays.

Custom Skylights
Custom skylights can be built of any size to accommodate your unique room or situation.

Vented Skylights
A vented skylight is the most efficient choice unless allergies are a problem or the air conditioner must be run continually. This is a window that will mount in the ceiling. Knowing hot air rises, the vented skylight will exhaust the hot air and create a breeze in the home.

Replacement Skylights
Skylights come in standard sizes. When a skylight needs replaced due to age or other problems, a new skylight can fit right into the current hole in the roof.

Top 10 Skylight Brand Requests

  • Sundome Daylight Technologies
  • Naturalite Skylights
  • ODL Skylights
  • Solar Innovations Skylights
  • Inter-Sky Skylights
  • Wasco Skylights
  • Sinsula-dome Skylights
  • Solatube
  • Anderson Skylights
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If Things Go Wrong
The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified skylight contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the San Francisco skylight company you've hired is Diamond Certified and you can't resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

Easy Ways To End Conflict with Alameda Skylight Companies...

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Diamond Certified skylight contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the San Francisco skylight company you've hired is Diamond Certified and you can't resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

Easy Ways To End Conflict with Alameda Skylight Companies
Most skylight companies in San Francisco, including those in the major neighborhoods of Bernal Heights, Excelsior, and Pacific Heights, are honest and truly look out for their customers' best interests. Still, you should know what to do if you are ever dissatisfied with your local skylight company or the services that they provide.

If you have a complaint about your skylight company or the service you received from your this company, immediately ask to speak with the service representative. This is often the best method to resolve problems directly with the skylight company management, minimizing conflict and getting your skylight installed correctly and on time.

When talking with the skylight representative or the company owner, keep these tips in mind:

  • Always stay calm and polite.
  • Describe the problem, and explain what you see as a fair outcome.
  • Let the skylight representative know that you're willing to compromise or negotiate a mutually-beneficial agreement.
  • Document in writing your uncertainties with the skylight company or the service provided or take a picture of an example of the service issue, if possible, so that you have documentation of the problem. Write down the skylight company's answer to your grievances in case you need records for future arbitration.
  • If you cannot reach an agreement, tell the skylight company you will file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, then do it.
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Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Terms Associated with Skylight Contractors and Skylight Installations

acrylic skylights
Acrylic skylights are covered and protected by a glazing material with outstanding optical clarity. This material helps with weathering, has good chemical resistance and insulating ability.

bent glass skylights
Glass that is curved by heating to above the glass’s softening point.  The glass is then bent by either gravity or press molds.

Also known as: curved glass

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acrylic skylights
Acrylic skylights are covered and protected by a glazing material with outstanding optical clarity. This material helps with weathering, has good chemical resistance and insulating ability.

bent glass skylights
Glass that is curved by heating to above the glass’s softening point.  The glass is then bent by either gravity or press molds.

Also known as: curved glass

bite
In the glazing channel, this is the depth of the glass engagement.

Also known as: purchase, edge engagement

blinds for skylights
Skylights provide added lighting and sometimes unwanted heat loss or gain and UV exposure. Skylight blinds will lower your energy bill and help insulate the house. These blinds can block or even blackout unwanted light. They also protect against UV damage. There is a large selection of blinds made explicitly for skylights.

Also known as: Solar blinds, custom blinds, blinds for skylights, skylight shades blinds, motorized skylight blinds, skylight window blinds, blackout skylight blinds

cap flashing
This protects  and waterproofs the skylight  by overlapping the top edges at curb.
Also known as: counter flashing

cladding
This exterior covering is applied to a frame or a structure for protective purposes.

Also known as: exterior cladding, wooden cladding, aluminum cladding, granite cladding, skylight cladding

condensation gutter
A trough that carries off condensed water. This water may be drained to the outside or just evaporate.

Also known as: condensation channels

cross rafter
This structural framing part is used in a skylight system between rafters. It sits generally near horizontal.

Also known as: purlin

curb flashing
This is used for waterproofing at a curb or base.

Also known as: base flashing

curb mount skylights
A skylight frame design that allows the installing and anchoring of a skylight to a wood curb that will be a permanent part of the roof structure. This type is used for a low sloped roof.

custom skylights
Custom skylights can be built of any size to accommodate your unique room or situation.

double glazed
Two panes of glazing divided by air space.

Also known as: double glazed window, double glazed glass, double glazing panels

fiberglass reinforced polyesters (FRP)
Composite material that is made  of a plastic matrix comprised of reinforcing glass fibers to increase the strength or the  stiffness.

flashing
Corrosion resistant material that is used to control, redirect, or prevent water from entering a structure.

Also known as: roof flashing

haze factor
This factor tells the percentage of light through a glazing material that does not get diffused. Codes require that skylights have a minimum of a 90% haze factor.

heat-strengthened glass skylights
Glass that is heated  in a controlled environment to provide a degree of surface compression. This glass is commonly considered to have two times the strength of annealed glass.

Also known as: tempered glass, safety glass

high impact acrylic skylights
This type of skylight uses a glazing material that has an impact modifier. This is blended with the acrylic resin which meets specific impact requirements.

insulating glass unit
This factory made double glazing has the periphery of air space sealed to minimize infiltration of any water vapor.

laminated glass
Two or more glass plies that are bonded together with resilient plastic interlayers, usually polyvinyl butyral (PVB).

Also known as: laminated tempered glass, laminated glass windows, laminated tempered glass"

leaking skylights
Leaks may occur in aging or improperly sealed skylights. Signs of leaking skylights are skylight condensation, nearby water puddling or ceiling stains. You will need to call the skylight company if it is still under warranty. You can also call roofing contractors to ask about skylight leak repair services.

lite
This is a single glazing pane. The use of the term “lite” is chosen to avoid confusion. It is most often referred to as “pane.”

Also known as: pane, light

low emittance (low E) coating
This skylight coating has the reduced ability to radiate heat energy. If it faces an air space, this coating reduces the heat transfer across this space.

Also known as: low e glass, low e insulation, low e window coating, low e glass coatings, low e windows, low emissivity coating, e glass, lo e windows

motorized skylights
Motorized skylights are the great answer for ventilating those difficult to reach spots in your roof area and attic. Besides admitting natural light and controlling the temperature levels, these skylights allow the window to fully open for ventilation, and use only a remote control.

motorized skylight shades
You can switch between natural room light and unparalleled glare and heat reduction with this shade. With the push of a button, the shade smoothly glides into place and blocks 99% of the sun’s UV rays.

muntin
A strip of wood or of metal that separates and holds panes of glass in skylights.
Also known as: sklight muntins, skylight window bars, muntin bar, skylight mullions

replacement skylights
Skylights come in standard sizes. When a skylight needs replaced due to age or other problems, a new skylight can fit right into the current hole in the roof.

skylight accessories
Many accessories can be included with your skylight. You can select wood frames and sash, aluminum cladding, and insect screens. Manual and motorized telescopic rods help with manual blinds. Talk to your representative about other accessories that can be included.

self-flashing
A base for a skylight that will mount directly to the roof and it doesn’t require a curb.

skylights
A glazing and framing assembly made up of sloped and vertical surfaces.  This is generally implanted into the roof of a structure to admit daylight.

Also known as: tubular skylights, dome skylights, skylight tube, custom skylights, round skylight, roof skylight, solar tube skylight, sky tunnel skylight, new skylights, acrylic skylights, home skylights, vented skylights, skylight dome, skylight window, venting skylights, motorized skylights

snow load
The accumulation of snow on roof, or skylight. This is generally a long term load.
Also known as: skylight snowload, sky light snow loads, snow load for skylights, snow load of skylights

U-factor
The measure of how well a product stops heat from being transmitted. The better the product’s insulating value, the lower the U-factor will be.

Also known as: window u factor, u factor windows, window u factor ratings, solar heat gain coefficient, energy efficient windows

vented skylights
A vented skylight is the most efficient choice unless allergies are a problem or the air conditioner must be run continually. This is a window that will mount in the ceiling. Knowing hot air rises, the vented skylight will exhaust the hot air and create a breeze in the home.

Also known as: venting skylights, skylight vent, opening skylights, vented skylight, operable skylights, electric skylights

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FAQ for Local Skylight Installers

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified skylight company?...

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified skylight company?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a skylight with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only skylight companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified skylight company.

Q: How do I decide the perfect size skylight to use for my room?
A: Remember that bigger is not always better! The following guideline will help you in to decide the best unit for your particular installation.
10 Inch Unit - 150 sq. feet or less.
Bathroom, Pantries, Laundry Room, Hallway, Walk-in Closet
13/14 Inch Skylight- 150 -250 sq. feet.
Kitchen, Foyer, Garage,  Living Room, Family Room

18 Inch Skylight- 300 – 500 sq. feet.
Room with a vaulted ceiling, Great Room, Garage, Family Room, Living Room

21 Inch skylight- 500 – 700 sq. feet
Only for Commercial Flat Roof Application

Q: Is it important where you place the skylight on the roof?
A: The best location is normally on the southwest facing side of the home. You must  take into consideration a chimneys or adjoining roof structures or even trees - things that can put a shadow over the dome will to effect how much light goes in. They also can work well on the north side of the house.  Always remember that the best light output is gained by exposing the skylight to direct sunlight.

Q: How long can sunlight tubes be?
A: The ideal length of tube is approximately 6 feet. Lengths over 15 feet are routinely installed with very good results. The unit to the next size for runs that are longer than 14 feet.

Q: What is the difference between acrylic plastic and Plexiglas?
A:There is no difference. Plexiglas is a brand name for acrylic plastic.  Lucite is another popular brand name.

Q: What is the difference between tempered glass and laminated glass?
A: Tempered glass is glass strengthened by heat like the glass used in shower doors and patio doors. It is a very strong glass, but, when it breaks, it will explode into hundreds of tiny pieces. Tempered glass is also usually used in the side windows of your car.

Laminated glass is glass that has a plastic interlayer.  This layer is designed to hold in place when it breaks. Another type of laminated glass is the front windshield of cars. Another advantage of using laminated glass is that is a very effective block against ultraviolet light.  UV light is the leading root of fading.

Q: Explain "Low-E" glass.
A: Many skylights these days are made of Low-E (which stands for low emissivity) glass. Low-E glass was first designed for energy efficiency, but now it has the added benefit of blocking heat gain and also heat loss through a skylight. It  can provide a comfortable light and it does not darken the skylight, like tinted glass does. Both tempered glass and laminated glass can include a Low-E feature. Greater benefits are gained through Low-E2, which is a denser version with a slightly darker look.

Q: Can a skylight be removed from the roof later?
A: Yes, it can. If a skylight is correctly installed, it can be removed it is curb-mounted.

Q: Why would you choose tubular skylights?
A: Tubular skylights are a less expensive choice if you are seeking to highlight an area with natural light. These skylights install quickly and are economical because they don’t  require the construction of a shaft from the roof to the ceiling below it. They do lack the drama of traditional skylights, but are an excellent choice for  adding natural light to a small area such as a closet,  hallway, or a small bathroom.

Q: Can skylights function as light fixtures at nighttime?
A: Yes, they can. You can buy a kit that turns your skylight into an artificial light fixture.

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Consumer Agencies
Consumer Agencies and Associations for Skylight Contractors and Skylight Installers

American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) (www.aamanet.org)
American Window and Door Institute (AWDI) (www.awdi.com)

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American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) (www.aamanet.org)
American Window and Door Institute (AWDI) (www.awdi.com)

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San Francisco Skylights Information
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