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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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117 Reviews

Simon Grayson

Great company to use - very helpful with pre-order enquiries, and we’re very accommodating when organising delivery dates and details. I would be happy to recommend EoS.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Nuno Bernardes

Very easy transaction, great product and delivery service was fantastic. Only constructive feedback I can give is to better highlight the weight of the product and that can/will cause issues with delivery and installation. Luckily we had 6 builders on site who between them managed to move the £140kg roof light but what that meant is that we had to pay extra to re-enforce the roof with different beams

Posted 2 weeks ago

Anonymous

Very good product and also very good customer support I received from Elliot at EOS. I highly recommend it.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Pat Barry

Very easy to deal with and delivered on-time.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Anonymous

We were very happy with how efficiently the work was carried out.

Posted 1 month ago

Moni Liu

"Bought 2 flat glass skylights from you, You're all very helpful on the phone answering all my questions.\r\nThe skylights fit brilliantly and they are very sturdy!\r\nOur builders were surprised with their quality. \r\nPrices are very good too!\r\nThank you!"

Posted 1 month ago

Simon White-Miller

Service was good and delivery prompt and actually arrived the day they said it would

Posted 1 month ago

James Fraser

We have been dealing with EOS for over a year now and its always a pleasure. The team are always very quick to answer any questions and the information given is always accurate and really helpful. Quotes are always set out clearly and easy to understand which helps us greatly. The products always arrive well packaged and when there has been any issues at all they have been solved quickly and brilliantly. The products they produce are excellent with a customer service to match that! look forward to doing more business with EOS in the future! Thank you.

Posted 1 month ago

Altan Riccardo

Customer Service is great! Roof lights are great! Reasonably Priced!

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Chris was a great help in selecting my roof lights. Quick delivery for 3 stock roof lights and the builders had them installed without a problem. The one opening roof light has not been connected so I wait to see how it works after our extension is complete.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

They look fab and the customer service was great

Posted 1 month ago

Richard Coates

Very pleasant to deal with - no waiting around for someone to answer the phone - delivery process on time , so all good.

Posted 1 month ago

Ollie Chance

Order placed - Drawings received for approval - Items delivered. Quick and friendly service delivered on time and fitted without hassle. Highly recommend

Posted 3 months ago

David Whatley

Very professional and straightforward - one of the few things on our project that went according to plan and in the time frame given to us!

Posted 3 months ago

Matthew Waldren

Our rooflights from EOS look stunning and 'make' our room. Our extension is flooded with light. The electric one functions really well. We couldn't fault the service from EOS. They were so helpful, especially as we needed a bespoke size rooflight. I did a lot of research into which rooflights to buy and EOS were the most cost-effective by far, and theirs is a quality product. Thanks to the entire team at EOS. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend you.

Posted 3 months ago

Mr Walker

Great quality, looked great on top of my fibreglass flat roof.

Posted 3 months ago

Laurence Nagel

Delivered on time with in the right budget and I never have to go back to them once fitted. A superb product ...

Posted 3 months ago

Sheila Roed

Ordered online for delivery within 2 days. Not yet fully installed, but looks really nice. Contacted the office and got efficient help from Elliot

Posted 3 months ago

Anonymous

Product was delivered with good protection and installation instructions. Could help with info on manual handling the unit to move and when installing. Now installed looks great.

Posted 3 months ago

Harry

The team at EOS were really helpful and quick with answering all my questions and went the extra mile with there customer service. The product is really good so I would recommend buying from these guys.

Posted 3 months ago

Alan Pettitt

Good price, helpful on information delivered promptly and well wrapped. Delivery cost seemed steep but I don't think that was under their control.

Posted 4 months ago