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When you think of a skylight or a roof light, you would understandably imagine them on the roof of a building, letting in natural daylight from above.

However, they are now being used in more dynamic and interesting ways internally, particularly in commercial buildings. Domestic properties are also beginning to adopt them in order to add a contemporary look to the space.

Let’s take a look at the key questions and considerations to be made in order to introduce this unique and exciting interior trend to your home.

What is an internal skylight?

An internal skylight is a Walk On unit that has been installed within a property across two storeys or as a glass floor panel. The pane allows you to see into the floor below, or above depending on your location.

Where and how are they used?

The most common use tends to be within tourist attractions to allow for exciting views from great heights or to expose an interesting perspective on architectural design.

For example, if you have ever taken a trip to Portsmouth, you may be familiar with this view of the Spinnaker Tower.

At a first glance, this might seem like an unusual feature to add to your living space, but there are actually many fantastic benefits involved.

 

So what are the benefits?

If you want sunlight to flow naturally through your house, Walk On roof lights are an ideal solution, as they will introduce the light from the room above, to the room below with ease. This is perfect for buildings with cellars or basements which might otherwise be quite dark and dingy.

The knock-on effect of increasing natural light flow in your home is that you will rely less on artificial lighting to keep rooms illuminated, which will help to significantly save money on electricity bills.

In addition to this, Walk On units can instantly add a more modern look to your living room, kitchen or dining space. They can also expose interesting architectural elements to your building, such as traditional style beams, and are a great talking point too!

Are they safe?

This is always a popular question for anyone investing in a skylight. However, there is no need to be concerned as our frames and panes have been specially developed and tested to the highest safety standards.

The glass used for our Walk On roof lights is incredibly strong and hardwearing, with 50mm double glazing as standard, including a 25mm toughened and heat strengthened outer pane and 8.8mm laminated inner pane. You can read more about the different glass types in this blog post.

This means that the likelihood that the panel should break is incredibly unlikely, with the product able to support loads of up to 500kg per square metre.

Tip: Glass can get slippery – unless it’s covered in a non-slip coating. Whenever you are purchasing a Walk On unit, it is recommended that you always ask for this extra to be applied.

The frames protecting the pane and securing it in place are made of tough coated aluminium, with an insulated timber upstand included.

The glass and frame finish flush with the surface, so there’s no risk of tripping hazards either.

All of our products also come with a 10 year warranty for your peace of mind. 

How do I pick the right unit?

There are a few considerations to bear in mind when choosing the right skylight. Before considering the size, shape and style, you need to know that your unit is going to be efficient, and has been tested to the highest specifications.

So what should it be tested for?

Water Tightness

Although leaking is more of a concern for external roof lights, it is still important to know that your product is able to resist leakage.

Water Tightness is tested and classed between a rating of 1 to 4 with 1 being the lowest. Our Walk On units all pass with flying colours at a class of 4.

Air Tightness

To prevent loss of heat or any draughts making their way through, each product is tested for air tightness (or permeability).

This is classed in measures of pa (Pascal) which determines the amount of air pressure that can be applied. The ratings are between 150pa and 600pa. Once again, our units are top of the class at 600pa.

Sound Insulation

Sound is measured in decibels (dB). Our units resulted in a measurement of 34dB sound reduction. This means if, for example, if the sound levels on one side of the glass are at 60db, the pane will reduce this by 34dB.

Thermal Insulation

Otherwise known as thermal transmittance, this is measured by U-Value – the lower the number the more efficient, making ours incredibly competitive and way below the building regulations standard at 1.24W/m2K (watts per square metre, per degree Kevin).

All of our products are also certified for each of these tests by CE marking, DS certification and by the DS/EN quality system.

Read about our certifications on our Glossary page.

What size and shape should I opt for?

First, you need to think about what the purpose of the unit is before deciding this. If it is primarily aesthetic, then what shape and style would you like it to be?

Whilst the units come in standard sizes for structural openings, with a little creativity you can create any shape you desire by working with a contractor in designing the structural opening frame.

On the other hand, if it will primarily serve as a source of light for the storey below, you must make sure that it is large enough to accommodate the light access, whilst ensuring you have enough space when factoring in furniture and overall area dimensions.

What sizes are available?

Our units are available in four standard sizes to suit structural openings of:

  • 1000mm x 1000mm
  • 1000mm x 1500mm
  • 1000mm x 2000mm

Alternatively you can choose a bespoke made to measure size.

Do internal skylights require cleaning?

Like any skylight, Walk On units are very low maintenance.

If there are any smudges on the glass, you can use a standard cleaner to wipe these away – just avoid any strong chemicals as these can corrode coatings. The frame can also be cleaned if required by using warm soapy water.

Tip: Always use a lint free cloth for cleaning, and avoid tough scrubs or scours.

For more information about our Walk On roof lights, click here. Have any further questions about adding internal units to your home? Head on over to our Contact page to get in touch or take a look at our Fixed, Opening, Eco, or WalkOn Rooflights pages for more information and to see our stock sizes.

Spinnaker Tower glass floor image from Wikimedia via Creative Commons

4.78 Average

85 Reviews

Richard Brown

Rooflight arrived on the day promised and was a good quality product at a good price.

Posted 1 day ago

Euan Pringle

As a builder having used various different roof lights we continue to recommend and use EOS to our clients for three reasons 1. They give maximum light as the frame is minimal and this makes for a great look inside 2. They are competitively priced in the market 3. They have off the shelf stock roof lights available in 3 - 5 days and have delivered on time every time so far. 10/10 for quality and service

Posted 1 day ago

Anonymous

Great customer service and efficient delivery... really quick and fitted perfectly in our extension. Price is very competitive! definitely recommend them

Posted 1 day ago

Stephen Johnson

Simple installation of a very well made, high quality product can only leave you with a happy client, a happy client is always good for future business.

Posted 1 month ago

Hugh Jones

Very good quality product and very good service

Posted 2 months ago

Jonny Clowes

Best opening roof light on the market. Build quality is excellent. Looks fantastic and electric operation works very well. EOS were very professional from order through to delivery.

Posted 2 months ago

Anonymous

good product, no problems

Posted 2 months ago

Anonymous

Really well made.

Posted 2 months ago

Roy Summers

Excellent product which has really given our kitchen extension maximum light. It also looks very sophisticated.

Posted 2 months ago

Lars Schuy

reliable delivery, excellent quality of roof light, still looks good after two years of installation, fully recommended. You need a lot of people for the installation as the roof light is VERY heavy.

Posted 2 months ago

Anonymous

Competitive prices, efficient Staff and quick lead times!

Posted 4 months ago

Richard Jellings

Very helpful people on the telephone, prompt on time delivery and an excellent product

Posted 4 months ago

Jeff Taylor

The ordering process was very easy. Within the first phone call i was able to identify the product I required, its price and availability. The order was placed and the product received on the agreed date.

Posted 4 months ago

John Stimson

I received a very professional and responsive service from EOS. Not being trade, or having any experience of a skylight I had many questions, and EOS were very patient whilst re-assuring me on the right choices (electric glass, automatic opening/closing, blinds etc).

Posted 4 months ago

Nat Ellis

there were a few communication issues - but any problems were resolved swiftly and sensibly

Posted 4 months ago

Laurence Nagel

Efficient , Quality, Modern

Posted 4 months ago

Steve Rooney

Excellent product delivered on time and within the budget required from the client. Elliot was brilliant over the phone and extremely helpful.

Posted 6 months ago

Mark

2400 x 600 fixed roof light for one of our rental properties - Arrived well packed and fastened to a pallet; delivery guy unloaded onto driveway (even though he wasn't supposed to). Product was in perfect condition. Hole construction and fitting instructions were clear and accurate. Product installed onto what I'd constructed without a fuss (which was just as well as it was nearly 100KG). Looks great and the extra light makes so much difference to the space below. Now thinking of using EOS roof lights on a large extension we have planned for our own house. Would definitely recommend. Seriously consider the extra expense of buying the upstand from EOS (I didn't and it worked out OK, but would have been so much quicker if I'd bought the upstand).

Posted 6 months ago

David Matthews

Seems to do very thing it supposed to. Looks sleek and smart.

Posted 6 months ago

Anonymous

We found EOS staff very helpful in dealing with our enquiry. The service was prompt and the goods arrive on time and in good order. The rooflight looks very well in our new extension!

Posted 6 months ago

Anonymous

Delivered on time, rooflight was easy to fit and of a good quality.

Posted 6 months ago