Roof lantern or skylight: Which is the best option for you?

white extension with corner rooflights
(Image credit: Chris Humphreys)

Making the decision between a roof lantern or skylight can be tricky — after all, both come with a whole host of benefits and can completely transform the way your home looks and feels, as well as the ways in which you can use it. 

That said, not all ceiling glazing and rooflights will suit all house styles and some may well not fall within your budget. The kind of light that is brought into from above is quite different from that which enters through standard windows and both skylights and roof lanterns can make it possible to flood a space with natural light where regular windows might not be allowed or be hard to install. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.