When installing EZ Snap Shades on domed or plastic skylights, we recommend that you insert AirFlow Spacers between the skylight lens and the Shade Mesh. This is to help increase air flow and avoid excessive heat buildup.
AirFlow Spacers will add an additional 1″ gap between the skylight surface and the shading mesh, further improving the performance and durability of your installation.
On a domed skylight, AirFlow Spacers are typically placed in the centre, along the highest point in the dome.
As a general rule, Spacers should be about a foot apart. There’s no exactly correct way to arrange the AirFlow Spacers, but the goal is to place Spacers in the area where the Shade Mesh wants to rest directly on the skylight.
Each dome shape is different so it takes a bit of trial and error to get the Spacers where you need them.
For larger domed skylights, you may also want to add additional spacers to help retain an air gap over the entire surface of the skylight.
You can do 3 AirFlow Spacers down the middle of the skylight, a pattern like the 5 side on a dice, or a pattern like the 6 side of a dice, or some other arrangement that works.
When you are installing the Shade Mesh and have the top and left sides attached, you can reach under the Shade Mesh and position the AirFlow Spacers where needed to hold the Shade off of the plastic dome.
The AirFlow Spacers will suction to the dome, then you push a plastic Pin through the Shade Mesh into the hole in the back of the AirFlow Spacer. Over time the AirFlow suction cup may come off of the dome, but the Pin through the Shade will continue to hold the Spacer in position.
Use caution when pushing on skylights, especially old skylights, since the plastic may be brittle and crack if too much pressure is applied.