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Question DetailsAsked on 8/21/2016

Should you see the skylight frame in the ceiling when looking out from inside the house

New skylight was installed in ceiling before it was total glass with the new skylight we can now see alit of the frame in some parts when looking out

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Sounds like wrong type of skylight was specified or agreed to - there are flush or inset skylights (usually used in glass roofs), and raised or curbed skylights.

The flush mount or "inset" type (which can be flat or domed) are like a window - the frame sits roughly flush with the roof surface and the frame is inset into the roof framing like a window frame, and may be mostly concealed if in a drywalled light shaft leading up to the skylight. The curb or deck-mount type sticks up above the roof quite a ways (commonly 2-6 inches) and have a metal housing or "curb" all around.

The flush type can be a problem with leakage, especially on flatter roofs and in areas with snow, because there is no waterproof raised curb and flashing to direct water away from it.

How the glazing unit is framed in makes a difference too - some units have a substantial glazing frame around the top so there is a "rim" sticking inside from the skylight frame, others have straight frame sides up to the glass and the "glazing frame" which holds the glass overlaps the outside of the frame - visible from outside, not inside. Yet other brands have straight frames inside and outside but are thicker than some other brands.

Unfortunately, since it is already in, sounds like you have to live with it or pay for replacement with another brand (pricey solution !) unless what was installed is not the model you agreed on up front. And while it is possible to paint the frame, not cheap because typically it is anodized aluminum or a factory paint job that will not readily take household paints - so prep is more like repainting a car than part of a house, to avoid peeling because of the condensation that commonly forms in skylights. If you do get the exposed frame painted be sure to use mold-resistant paint.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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