Not only do Skypod Roof Lanterns look great, but they are also quick and straightforward to install.
To help you understand the installation process, please watch this video or read the transcription below.
Preparation for Installation
Before unpacking the Skypod, you should review the supplied layout drawing.
The dimensions shown on the plan are for the external face of the supporting upstand. Ensure these dimensions are consistent with the host building.
The Skypod ring beam allows a 10mm tolerance per face if the overall width and length of the upstand perimeter are oversized.
When unpacking the Skypod check, all the components are present and correct. A checklist with the delivery is provided for reference.
Check the difference between the diagonals to see if the ring beam overhang will need adjusting around the perimeter. Check the diagonals to ensure the kerb is square.
Check that the corners of the upstand are square.
Ensure the kerb is clean and free from debris, then run a silicone bead around the external edge.
Mark out the ring beam and drill holes ready for fixing.
Ensure the correct amount of glazing bar fixing studs are slid into the ring beam before any fixing commences.
Position the ring beam, so an equal overhang is achieved around the perimeter.
Fix using suitable 5mm to 6mm fixings at 300mm to 400mm centres starting and ending 100mm away from the internal corner of the ring beam.
Run a bead of silicone sealant along the mitred edge of the ring beam to seal the corner joint when the next ring beam is offered up.
Fix the adjacent ring beam, ensuring the joint is tight. Remove any excess sealant and secure the corner using a steel corner cleat with the screws supplied.
If access to the bar ends is limited, it is advisable to fit the glazing stops and end caps before fixing rafters to the ring beam. You can then proceed to loosely secure the side rafters to the ring beam using the threaded studs located down the ring beam.
Locate the hips onto the external ring beam studs and loosely secure using fixing nuts.
Using the studs provided secure each hip to the spider casting. The body of the stud should locate between the retaining ribs on the lower casing face to stop the stud from spinning.
Fasten the central rafters to the spider using the double stud and nuts provided.
While supporting the ridge, the rafter bars can be secured to the ridge using the threaded studs. Once opposing rafters have been secured, the ridge should be self-supporting.
Locate the nylon bar through the spider and lock off using the nuts and washers either side of the spider. The nylon bar should sit 5mm below the crest of the ridge profile.
Position the spider bottom cap and fix using the decorative boss onto the nylon threaded bar. Note the nylon bar may require trimming down in length.
If not already fitted, fit the glazing bar end caps and glazing stops.
Peel back two inches of eaves beam seal tape film and fold to the outside. Insert glazing unit ensuring equal coverage and ensuring the glass is resting on to the glazing stops.
Fit the glazing end closures to the glass and run a bead of sealant between the profile and top pane of glass. Only use a suitable sealant with self-cleaning glass. Soudal SMX 506 is recommended. This can be purchased from the Direct Roofing Systems trade counter; please contact us for details.
Fit the rafter and hip top caps using a nylon mallet then ensuring the glass is positioned correctly peel the remaining eaves beam seal tape film away and press glazing down to ensure contact with eaves tape.
Fit the foam bung and clamp plate and tighten M10 nut until the foam is firmly pressed down onto glazing.
Seal around the perimeter of the foam bung where it intersects the ridge glazing seal glass and glazing bar top caps.
Seal around rafter top caps to ridge glazing trim. Only use suitable sealant with self-cleaning glass.
Seal the rafter top cap to hip top cap from the gasket intersection to foam bung.
Using a suitable high grab adhesive sealant, run a small bead on the perimeter edges of the top cap and a larger bead further inboard. The recommended sealant to use is Soudal fix all crystal. This can be purchased from the Direct Roofing Systems trade counter; please contact us for details.
Note: Do not run the sealant to the bottom edge around the hip/rafter area to ensure the sealant does not touch the glass. Always ensure hands are cleaned as to not contaminate the self-cleaning glass.
Splay the top cap and lower onto the ridge while checking the capping is positioned correctly over the rafter and hip top caps.
The capping returns should clip under the ridge profile when positioned correctly.