Everything you need to know

Everything You Need to Know When Buying a Skylight

by Roof Maker

Imagine transforming a dark, unused room into a vibrant, welcoming space filled with natural light.

This is the power of skylights—a transformative element that not only enhances the beauty of your home but one that could also increase the value and improve its energy efficiency. Whether you’re upgrading your home or adding a finishing touch to a new build, choosing the right skylight is crucial. In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to make the best choice for your space.

Choosing the Right Skylight for Your Space:

Deciding where to install your skylight is the first step. Whether it’s the living room, kitchen, bathroom or an interior hallway leading to your basement, the location will influence the type and size of the skylight that will best meet your needs. Keep in mind the orientation of the room and the amount of direct sunlight it receives, as these factors will affect the thermal comfort within the space.

Slimline Roof Lantern
Fixed Flat Rooflights

Exploring Types of Skylight

Flat Rooflights are ideal for those seeking minimalism and efficiency, these rooflights are designed to offer exceptional heat insulation and noise reduction.

Pitched Roof Windows are perfect for modern homes with sloping roofs, these windows offer frameless views and add a contemporary feel to any space.

Roof Lanterns are excellent for maximiszing sunlight throughout the day, making them ideal for darker rooms needing a bright touch.

Glass Choices and Their Benefits

Choosing the right type of glass is critical for maximizing the benefits of your skylight.

Energy Saving Glass: All our glass offers exceptional thermal insulation to prevent heat escaping during the colder weather and keep your heating bills down. Want to learn more about how a rooflight’s thermal insulation properties are measured? Read our blog on U-values.

Solar Glass: Reduces heat gain during summer, keeping your space comfortable. Our Solar option has all the great features of our standard glass, plus a solar reflective coating to repel heat from the sun.

Noise Reduction: Ideal for homes in noisy areas, helping to keep interiors peaceful.

Toughened Laminate: All our glazing features toughened glass as standard. Unlike standard glass, laminated glass does not shatter on impact. We use a plastic interlayer bonded to two panes of glass to create the laminated sheet, and the plastic interlayer holds the glass together after impact.

Privacy Glass: If your property is overlooked, you can choose the optional Satinova glass to protect your privacy, but still, allow plenty of light through into your room.

Luxlite Pitched Rooflights

Customisation Options

Our skylights can be tailored to fit your specific needs. The majority of our rooflights can be made to measure to a size of your exact specification. You’re also able to specify your frame colour to ensure it fits with the aesthetic you’re targeting. Are you considering bifold doors in your next project? Our Thermfold® bifold doors are designed to perfectly complement our rooflight range.

In addition – consider adding a blind allowing you to dim or block sunlight completely, and instantly add privacy if your room is overlooked.

Skylight Installation

Once you’ve finished buying a skylight and received your rooflight from us, you can either install them yourself, or have them fitted by a builder. We even offer our own installation services for certain rooflights – call us on 0116 497 1276 to enquire.

You can download simple installation guides in our Technical section, or watch installation tutorials over on our YouTube channel. However, if you’re at all unsure then we would recommend hiring a builder, to ensure a professional finish.

Choosing the right skylight can dramatically transform your living space, enhancing both its value and appeal. With various styles, custom options, and benefits, Roof Maker offers solutions that cater to diverse needs and preferences. Ready to brighten up your home with a new skylight? Contact us today at 0116 269 6297 for expert advice and tailored solutions.

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