My Glasgow Kitchen

My Little Corner of the World

Why skylight?

  • Natural light: Daylighting
  • Aesthetically pleasing: It is in keeping with the house design. Let more light in!
  • Looks spacious: It would help to ‘open up the space’ for my small kitchen.
  • Alternative to a window: There is no wall space for a window

Why not skylight?

  • Heat: The fixed glass skylight would function like a ‘green house’ trapping heat inside the room.
  • Leaking issues: Leaking is the most common problem and would require long term maintenance.
  • UV damage: UV from the sunlight could cause damage and discolouration to furniture or structure exposed.

Piglet and I took about 1 month to choose the design and the skylight manufacturer/ installer and the design.


Quotes for Kitchen Skylight

SKYLIGHT COABC
KITCHEN 10’X5’
DescriptionSkylight specialistSkylight specialistFactory
Glass typeLaminated glassLaminated glassLaminated glass
Glass thickness12.38mm12.38mm12.38mm
No of glass panels334
Colour availabilityYesYesYes. Pricing differs
Metal frame size10cm X 5cm10cm X 5cm5cm X 2.5cm
Include gutter & PVC pipeYesYesNo
Include polycarbonateYesYesYes
DesignShed roofShed roofButterfly roof
Price (RM)275032104100

We opted for A.


Skylight Installation Timeline

Day 1 Paid deposit

  • 1st Site visit (lasting 30 min) a few weeks prior for measurements and quotations.

Day 7 Design & colour confirmed

  • Clear-opaque-opaque glass for the kitchen skylight
  • Black metal frame, grey gutter, white PVC pipe, white polycarbonate
Skylight Design

Day 11 Metal frame Installation

  • 2nd Visit*- 10.15am- 3.30pm
  • Metal frame installed

Between Day 11 & Day 26- Electrical 1st fix, DIY minor painting, Plumbing 1st fix

Day 26 – Gutter & glass Installation

  • 3rd Visit* 11.30am- 3pm
  • Gutter installed & painted
  • Mix up of glass colour- opaque-opaque-clear glass instead
  • Final installation postponed as need to reorder an opaque glass and cut the clear glass- 2 weeks wait

Between Day 26 & 39- Purchased tiles

Day 39 Final Installation

  • 4th Visit* 10.30am- 12.30pm 2.30pm-6.30pm
  • Glass installed
  • Gutter 6 inch short. Another trip made to factory to collect materials. Gutter lengthened.
  • PVC pipe installed & painted.
  • Polycarbonate drilled/ silicon-ed.

Day 41 Problems discovered

Problem 1: Silicon blobs from the Dried Up Silicon Redo Work
Problem 2: Water Leakage at the Redo Glass Area
Problem 3: Gap between the Polycarbonate and Metal Frame

Problems discussed with skylight co owner and contractor the following day.

Day 45

  • 5th Visit*- 11.30am- 1pm
Rectification 1: Old Silicon Removed
Rectification 2: White Silicon Finish 
Rectification 3: 2 Extra Screws Drilled into the Polycarbonate and Metal Frame to Cover up the Gap
  • Now its time to wait for the rain test! Crossing my fingers….

*Visit duration includes works done for porch skylight 

Skylight Water Leakage

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