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Roof Lanterns vs Rooflights: Which to Choose

Making sure your home has enough natural sunlight is important. Installing rooflights or roof lanterns is a great way to increase this. 

You might have some questions before buying such as, what is a rooflight or what are the pros and cons of roof lanterns? We answer these questions so you can decide the best way to let more natural light into your home.

what is a rooflight

What Is a Rooflight? 

A rooflight is a window in the roof that increases the amount of natural light in your home. If your home is limited to the amount of light that can be let in, then rooflights are a great choice. They are fitted into the roof and look the same as a window in a wall. 

Rooflights come in many different variations and sizes to fit in your home. Depending on your home and the room you are looking at putting rooflights in, you may want ones that have different features. 

We offer a range of rooflights, such as: 

Fixed Rooflights: Fixed rooflights are brilliant if you are looking to let more natural light in. Our standard sizes are available for you within four to five days and 10 to 14 if the size you are looking for is non-standard. 

Bespoke Rooflights: Rooflights don’t have to be square. Unusual shapes, such as triangles and hexagons, are a possibility with our bespoke rooflights. 

Opening Rooflights: If you still want the ventilation of a normal window, opening rooflights are the way to go. We have the option for you to have either manual or electronic opening rooflights.

How Much Do Rooflights Cost?

If you think that your home can benefit from rooflights, invest in our competitive products and prices.. Our rooflights start at just £350 with a slight increase in bespoke requirements. With our expertise, you can be sure to have the best rooflight.  

Pros and Cons of Rooflights

When looking to purchase rooflights for your home, there are a few things to take into consideration. 

What Are the Pros of a Rooflight? 

  • More daylight in areas that don’t get light 

Adding rooflights into areas of your home that don’t get much daylight can be beneficial. Increasing the amount of natural light in your home can have a positive effect on your wellbeing and improve your mood.  

  • Increases ventilation in your home

Having the rooflights in rooms, such as bathrooms or kitchens, can be a good way to increase air flow. As well as this, they bring fresh air into your home, helping to improve your mental health

  • Helps to save energy costs

Rooflights are a fantastic way to lighten up a room naturally instead of artificial lights. By getting more light into your home, you will see a decrease in energy costs. They also help keep rooms warmer in winter months. 

What Are the Cons of a Rooflight?

  • Potential overheating

Whilst increasing the amount of daylight in your homes can be beneficial, it can make the room too hot. However, choosing solar control glass can reduce the amount of heat pulled into your home in the summer. 

  • Cleaning and maintenance

Windows are hard to clean, but they can be even harder to clean when they are on the roof. Although, you can get low-maintenance glass that is easier to clean when you choose our products. 

what is a roof lantern

What Is a Roof Lantern?

Despite its name, roof lanterns aren’t something that are hung up. Roof lanterns are structures made of glass that are used to open up flat roofs. 

Similar to rooflights, roof lanterns let more natural light into a space. However, they are a pitched-style window, offering light from different angles. Our roof lanterns are made using the ThermGard glazing system, keeping heat in your home. 

How Much Do Roof Lanterns Cost?

You can have roof lanterns in various different styles. We make custom orders that are perfect for your home, so we can get a personal quote sent to you in no time. 

Pros and Cons of Roof Lanterns 

Whilst rooflights and roof lanterns both offer more light into your home, it is important to weigh the pros and cons. 

What Are the Pros of Roof Lanterns?

  • Helps a room feel bigger 

Adding a roof lantern into a room that has a flat roof increases the ceiling height. Allowing more light to come in from above can make small rooms feel more open and airy. 

  • Ready-built for easy installation

As roof lanterns are made-to-measure based on your custom requirements, you can get them built before adding them to your home. However, having a roof lantern ready-built makes for easy installation, but also reduces the labour time needed. 

  • Make them unique for your home

Since roof lanterns are custom orders, you can make them unique to your home. For example, you can make a statement to a previously flat room with different shapes and styles. 

 What Are the Cons of Roof Lanterns?

  • Lack of ventilation 

Most roof lanterns don’t include windows that open, meaning you won’t get the benefit of airflow and ventilation. However, since they are custom-made, you might have the option to add opening windows. 

  • Increase in noise 

Since roof lanterns are large glass structures, there is a possibility outside noise, such as rain and traffic, could be increased. Although, if you purchase a roof lantern that has quality glazing, this will help reduce external noises.  

Which Should You Choose?

Rooflights and roof lanterns both allow for natural light to come into your home and make rooms feel bigger. 

If you are looking for a window that sits flush to your house, then rooflights are a good choice. You can still be unique and creative with how they look with our bespoke rooflights. 

Roof lanterns are a great way to let light in and make flat roofed rooms feel open and bigger. Adding a unique statement, they are completely custom-made for your home. 

Get in touch for expert advice or for a quote for your new rooflight or roof lantern.