Whether you are eagerly waiting for the summer sun and heat to flood your house, or for the crisp winter weather, installing a stylish roof lantern can bring a lot of excitement to your property during these seasonal periods, and beyond.
The roof area of your house represents an ideal zone to add additional glazing features, which can maximise the natural light available, making your home much more inviting and pleasant.
What are roof lanterns?
Roof lanterns are offered as a roof light or skylight, however, they are essentially a ceiling window. It’s an architectural element which immediately adds a centrepiece of visual appeal to any living space. As it’s set in the roof, your house rooms won’t need to border external walls to allow the natural light to come inside.
Compared with conventional windows (usually fitted vertically along exterior walls), roof lanterns are installed on the roof, horizontally. They present excellent design techniques and bespoke technology, which means that they can be easily personalised to suit your preferences in terms of architectural structures.
Why choose roof lanterns?
- Bespoke roof lanterns come with versatile size options, and they can be used for new development or/and refurbishments, whilst creating a great sense of space in both cases. This is due to the roof lantern’s angled design, allowing them to capture natural light from all sides. This means that you can light your home (or commercial premises) in an environmentally friendly manner.
- They have an energy-efficient design, and they can regulate the temperature, which comes handy both during summers and winters.
- They add a visually attractive element to your house both internally and externally in a very subtle and discreet manner.
- They can lower your energy bills as they can limit the need for lighting your rooms with electricity.
- Roof lanterns can complement your interior and exterior decor and aesthetics.
- You can benefit from several vital health benefits, such as minimising the chance of seasonal affective disorders (SAD), and by flooding your house rooms with lots of natural sunlight, you can help beat depression and general blues, as sunlight contains vitamin D, which helps to boost the immune system and prevent heart disease.
- Roof lanterns have high performance and exceptional strength and rigidity, and even the worst of the British weather will be no problem.
How much are roof lanterns?
When it comes to roof lantern prices, the typical cost for installation today in the UK market is around £2500. This is quite a time-consuming task as it can take about three days to complete, however, roof lanterns cost less, and they are easier to install than glass-only extensions.
Also, when installing roof lanterns at your property, generally, planning permission is not required. But this is only as long as the roof lanterns don’t extend 150mm above the sloping plane of the existing roof, and they must be no higher than the highest part of the roof.
The different types of roof lanterns
Roof lanterns can be the first thing to catch your eye as you walk into a room, and there are many types you can choose from.
Rectangle roof lanterns are the classic shape people tend to choose, and they are mostly present in greenhouses and Victorian conservatories. They can run the whole length of a room, which leaves a significant impact in making areas look more spacious.
Square roof lanterns are placed in the middle of the ceiling, and they have a neat and modern appearance. They are a unique option for homeowners that are looking for something extra special.
Octagonal roof lanterns can bring an immense sense of grandeur to your rooms, and sometimes they can give the impression of a dome structure from the inside.
Cupola roof lanterns can look striking if fitted in opulent and grand homes, but by keeping their lines and detailing minimal, you can still achieve a contemporary look.
Double and triple roof lanterns require delicate planning and a lot of thought from the designer, and most roof lantern manufacturers know that.
Ventilation in roof lanterns can be provided with a top-hung sash, operated electronically or with auto controls. Depending on how much ventilation you may need in different rooms, you will be able to determine the best type of ventilators to suit your preferences.
Additionally, for more great information on how to bring more natural light into your home, make sure to check out our blog.
If you are looking to install new roof lanterns, roof glazing or roof glass replacement, don’t hesitate to contact our glaziers today, and our friendly team will make sure to assist you in the best ways possible.