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Roof lights and lanterns are a stylish way to make the most of natural light so that your rooms feel brighter, more spacious and much more welcoming.

In fact they can bring in up 40% more light than ordinary windows.

They are Ideal for loft conversions and rooms with flat roofs and are also great for lighting up those darker areas such as hallways or stairwells.

  • Choosing your design

When it comes to design, you have lots of options to choose from. You can choose flat or pitched rooflights or lanterns and pyramid-shaped designs, all of which can have fixed or opening (vented) lights to allow the flow of fresh air through your home.

Pitched roof windows are traditionally used in loft conversions, but flat roof windows are also an excellent choice for letting light into dark internal areas.

If you have a terrace or roof garden, toughened walk-on rooflights can be an impressive design feature. Walk-on rooflights fitted flush to the floor surface, can also be an amazing way to let light into basements creating a pleasant living area.

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Flat areas of roof, such as extensions and sunrooms can be the perfect place to introduce roof lanterns, as their raised pyramid shape is designed to bring natural light flooding into your home in the most dramatic and visually appealing way.

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Whichever design of skylight, roof window or lantern you choose, they will make a stunning design feature for your home.

  • Choosing the frame

When choosing roof windows and skylights always make sure that they are practical and complement the style of your property.

For instance wood is a favourite for traditional properties, but it does require regular painting.  On the other hand, light aluminium frames are generally lower maintenance and have a contemporary slim-lined appeal, which can suit both modern and traditional homes.

Alternatively you might want to consider frameless versions such as those as manufactured by Roof Maker, which have a totally minimalistic look!

Roof windows and bi-fold doors can complement each other beautifully, so why not consider buying them together as a matching set to create a dramatic and virtually seamless wall of light?

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  • Choosing your glass

When choosing the type of glazing think firstly of your all-year-round comfort.  Energy efficient glazing will not only keep you warm in the winter but also cool in the summer months.

Triple glazing has excellent energy efficiency benefits (measured by their low u values), which far exceeds modern ‘A-rated’ double-glazing and will help reduce your energy bills.  All rooflight glass should be toughened to prevent shattering if broken.

If you are concerned about the sun dazzling through your skylights and roof lanterns during the summer months, tinted glass will reduce glare and help prevent your soft furnishings from fading.

However, if you want to maintain a consistent level of light entering your home, both on dull and sunny days, why not consider ‘Sun-Tint’ thermochromic glass, which automatically self-tints to reduce the glare and heat when the sun is bright and then reverts to its original transparent state when the sun goes in!

And finally, unless you have a very obliging window cleaner, why not consider easy clean glass for those skylights and roof lanterns that are difficult to reach.  That way you can enjoy clean roof windows all year round.

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