Columbia Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has been supplying skylight solutions to Canadian consumers for over 50 years. Bringing the beauty and health benefits of natural light and fresh air ventilation to homeowners and businesses from coast to coast.
Columbia is your complete skylight source, offering the industry’s widest selection of skylight models, with the largest selection of standard sizes, as well as any custom sized fixed or venting skylight in all possible glazing options.
Our products are designed for the Canadian climate and are supported by one of the best warranties in the business.
We manufacture in Canada for the Canadian market. 95% of our parts and materials come from Canada and the USA.
AWARD WINNING SKYLGHTS
As recognition of Columbia’s long term commitment to producing energy efficient skylights, we were the recipient of the 2021 ENERGY STAR Canada Sustained Excellence Award.
Columbia is recognized by ENERGY STAR Canada for the second year in a row. Columbia is proud to be the only skylight supplier to the Canadian market to have been recognized by ENERGY STAR Canada.
the Columbia difference
BUILT CANADIAN TOUGH
As a Canadian company, we know our skylights have to withstand one of the toughest climates on the planet. With our limited daylight in the winter and extremes of hot and cold, snow, rain, wind, and hail – northerners need more natural light to make their home comfortable and healthy.
Improving the comfort and livability of our homes, while protecting them from the impact of extreme weather has always been central to Columbia’s mission.
Since 1955 Columbia Skylights has been manufacturing skylights in Canada to meet the demands of the Canadian climate. With six decades of satisfied customers across North America, on over a million homes – we are proud to be Canada’s leading skylight manufacturer.
Columbia skylights are manufactured in our Canadian plant in Burnaby, British Columbia, and distributed to central and the east coast from our Mississauga warehouse. We employ a highly skilled Canadian workforce, many of whom have been with us for decades, and 95% of our raw materials are produced in Canada and the USA.
Industry Leader In ENERGY STAR® Certified Glazing Options. Triple Glazing On All Models
Columbia offers more types of glass than any other skylight manufacturer – choose from LoE coated double and triple glazed, with low maintenance Neat coating on clear, and tinted or solar reflective options to reduce heat gain.
Columbia has the widest range of ENERGY STAR® certified skylights in Canada. By choosing an ENERGY STAR skylight you save on energy costs and protect the environment.
Our extensive range of glazing options are available on all models, fixed & venting, standard & custom sizes.
COLUMBIA GLASS OPTIONS
Skylight industry’s widest selection of glazing options:
WIDEST CHOICE OF STANDARD FRAME COLOURS, PLUS CUSTOM COLOUR MATCHING
7 Standard Frame Colours
Columbia understands that architects and homeowners want their skylights to visually integrate with the roof material they have selected – as a result, we offer the widest selection of standard frame colours in Canada.
7 standard frame colours are available on all models, fixed and venting, including custom sizes.
Columbia uses a specially formulated enamel paint that bonds with the aluminum frame, creating a permanent finish that resists fading and scratching.
Custom frame colours to match every roof type
With the growing popularity of steel roofs and colour tile roofing options, it is important that your skylight supplier allows you to match your roof material perfectly.
Get your custom coloured skylights within 4 weeks.
Supply your dealer with a colour chip and we will match it.
7 standard frame colours are available on all models, fixed and venting.
THE CANADIAN MADE LEAK PROOF SKYLIGHT
Based on decades of experience, Columbia has developed a leakproof system second to none.
By incorporating the latest manufacturing processes, materials and parts, a modern skylight will not leak, unless is is damaged or improperly installed.
Columbia utilizes a unique frame design – incorporating an external extruded aluminum frame with an internal PVC or Aluminum frame.
Columbia recommends the use of a ‘wet’ seal – butyl tape or caulking to adhere the internal skylight frame to the wood curb. It creates an air and warmth bond that does not allow moisture or cold air to penetrate.
COLUMBIA’S CONDENSATION CONTROL ELIMINATES LIGHTWELL STAINING
Condensation is common in Canadian homes because of the difference between the exterior and the interior temperature, and the humidity caused by normal daily activities such as bathing, cooking, exercising, and plants. The humidity collects on hard surfaces in the house, such as windows and skylight glass.
Columbia skylights features an internal gutter system to capture any condensation on your internal glass surface. All Columbia skylights incorporate an extra wide rigid internal gutter on 4-sides of the interior frame to wick away moisture. The gutter is part of the internal PVC frame.
In comparison, many imported skylights utilize a black flexible EPDM rubber gasket with a shallow perimeter ledge, frequently on just one of four sides. This system can fail when subjected to continuous cold temperatures and condensation build up.
Our skylights are the right choice because they eliminate the problem of lightwell staining caused by excess condensation.
After more than five decades of manufacturing skylights, Columbia can confidently state that curb mounted skylights provide the best long term skylight installation and the choice of leading roofing professionals..
Curb Mount provides the installer with the flexibility to adapt the installation to the requirements of your architect, contractor or roof structure.
Curb Mount is the industry preferred installation method across North America.
IKO, one of the leading roof shingle manufacturers in North America states:“Curb mounted skylights are a superior choice to prevent leaks. They allow for more flexibility in size and can offer more glass area than a deck mounted skylight placed in the same hole. Curbs can be built on site or can be provided by the skylight manufacturer. In either case, a curb should be double walled and insulated to help retain heat in the home.”
One of Columbia goals is to provide the Canadian consumer with exceptional skylight products. Offering the latest features, materials, manufacturing processes, and technology. To fulfill this mission Columbia has acquired a number of companies, such as Slimlite, and become the exclusive Canadian distributor of FAKRO premium European skylights, roof windows, and flat roof skylights.
FAKRO PREMIUM EUROPEAN SKYLIGHTS, ROOF WINOWS, & FLAT ROOF SKYLIGHTS
Explore FAKRO’s complete range of exceptional European made quality products.
We have many models and sizes in stock at our Mississauga and Burnaby warehouses for prompt response to any customer request. Special orders can be scheduled for a delivery that works with your project’s timeline.