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walk on cross sectionWhen it comes to installing rooflights in your home, safety is paramount. The perfect choice should be a blend of contemporary design, thermal efficiency, safety and security.

The glass used in manufacture is the best indicator for safety levels so it is essential that you choose the right kind of glass for your rooflight.

In order to ensure your utmost safety, the ideal specification should include a double glazed unit with an outer toughened pane and an inner panel of heat strengthened laminated glass.

Otherwise known as tempered, toughened glass is specially treated to be far more resistant to breakage than standard glass. Toughened glass is ideal for the outer pane as it greatly reduces the chances of breakages. If smashed, it is made to shatter into multiple tiny fragments instead of larger more hazardous shards.

Laminated glass is commonly used for safety and security purposes, because rather than shattering on impact, it simply cracks. The interlayer, which helps hold the sheets together, greatly reduces the danger of sharp glass fragments, and increases the durability of the pane.

When located overhead an inner pane of laminated glass has the significant advantage over alternatives such as toughened glass, as if broken it will support itself and the glass pane above rather than shatter and fall in which could be dangerous.

That’s not where the benefits end though; in fact there are many reasons why a combination of both toughened and laminated glass is the preferable choice when it comes to rooflights. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each type of glass below.

Toughened

Toughened glass is crafted by heating glass above 600°C and then rapidly cooling its surfaces whilst keeping its innards at a high temperature.

The variation in cooling rates creates compressive and tensile stresses. These counteracting stresses are what give toughened glass its higher resistance to breakage as well as the smaller shard fragments when it does shatter.

These small pieces may be less dangerous than larger ones, but they can still pose a problem, especially to those with young children or pets. The pieces are quite hard to find when sweeping up after a breakage and if they are consumed, they could cause serious issues to the digestive system.

Due to its resistant properties, toughened glass has a broad range of applications in architecture and vehicles, as well as furniture and public transport. However, it is not as secure as its laminated alternative, as the small fragments are very easily brushed away once the pane is smashed.

Whilst this makes toughened panes perfect for fire escapes and emergency exits on vehicles, it’s not ideal when it comes to securing a home. Without any dangerous shards left from breaking the glass, intruders are granted relatively easy access through a home window or sliding door that is fitted with toughened panes after they’ve been smashed.

Laminated

Laminated glass can offer increased protection and has mild sound proofing qualities, which is incredibly useful when it comes to spaces such as corporate meeting rooms.

Made from an interlayer of polymeric material sandwiched between two or more layers of glass, it is produced through two different methods.

The most common method is to use a combination of heat and pressure to push a thin layer of PVB between the sheets. Other polymers an also be added to give the window different properties. The other method creates what is known as Cast in Place laminated glass. This is made by pouring resin into the thin space between two panes that are held in place incredibly close to one another.

The interlayer, which helps hold the sheets together, greatly reduces the danger of sharp glass fragments, and increases the durability of the pane. It also provides a way to customise the glass and add colouring, sound dampening, ultraviolet filtering and fire resistance. Although the durability provides a heightened level of safety, it does mean that it cannot be used for fire escapes, as it will not break in an emergency.

Often used in secure buildings such as banks, and by the automotive industry for car windshields it’s also the perfect choice to secure a home; whether it’s used for the windows, doors or rooflights.

All of our rooflights are manufactured using both laminated and toughened glass, which means that our customers benefit from the highest levels of safety and energy efficiency. We are also the exclusive UK stockists of the SkyVision series from Danish glazing specialist, Vitral.  This means you won’t find rooflights as high quality anywhere else in the UK. For more information about how we can provide you with a safe and secure solution, contact EOS Rooflights today or take a look at our Fixed, Opening, Eco, or WalkOn Rooflights pages for more information and to see our stock sizes.

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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