Adding natural light to any room can dramatically alter its appearance and feel. Skylights have a unique ability to open up the space and create a sense of height and depth, making them an ideal way to add a touch of drama to any room in your home.
There are many different types of rooflights and it’s often difficult for homeowners to decide which will be best for their property. In this article we’ll look at what makes a good rooflight and help you to make an informed decision about which type of rooflight is best for you.
Alternatively known as a roof window, roof lantern or sunpipe, rooflights are glazed units that fit into a flat or pitched roof. They can be fitted either during construction or after and come in a range of designs. The choice of which type you choose will depend on the space and function you require, with options to have them fixed, opening or insulated.
The most important thing to remember when buying a rooflight is to choose one that meets the high standards set by the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers (NARM). There are some manufacturers and traders in the industry who offer under-spec products which can cause leakage and other problems, so be sure you do your research and choose a product that is backed up by a reputable brand.
As well as offering natural lighting, rooflights can also be used for ventilation and access. There are a wide variety of rooflights to choose from with frameless flushglaze models which provide a minimal aesthetic, to hinged or sliding models that can be opened and closed from a lower position. For large areas you may choose a box rooflight or multiple flat glass rooflights, depending on the size of the space and your preferences.
While some people buy rooflights for their dramatic effect, others use them to add a touch of ambiance. They can be installed with a smart system that gives you the option of 102 preset patterns and 20 different motions, as well as 16 million colours to choose from. You can even control them using a remote or download apps on your smartphone to customise the lighting and create your own mood.
In addition to being able to control the lights, a smart system will also allow you to monitor your energy usage so you can see how much electricity you are using and what you are spending. This will give you the opportunity to cut your energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint.
While it is possible to install a rooflight yourself, it is usually best left to the professionals if you are working on a new build extension or renovation project. For existing homes, fitting a rooflight can be a tricky task that requires expert installation and maintenance to ensure it stays watertight and in good condition for as long as possible.