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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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4.77 Average

97 Reviews

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 11 hours ago

Anonymous

Great product looks really impressive, great service and help with queries

Posted 11 hours ago

Andrew Bell

A great product and a great service from EOS. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

Posted 13 hours ago

Penny Gordon

ordered 1m x 1.5m flat fixed skylight. Very heavy due to extra thick glass. Had to hire an SLA10 Material hoist to be safely lifted onto garage roof but cost was low for a day hire. Now installed looks great. Needs at least two strong adults to lift out of delivery van. Would have been better if delivery van supplied with equipment to offload. Easy to order via website pdf doc dimensions and installation instructions all good and customer service friendly and helpful and informative. Happy to recommend.

Posted 1 week ago

Anonymous

Quality and style

Posted 1 week ago

John Hartley

they were quick, they are good, they fitted

Posted 1 week ago

John O Sullivan

This is the second time I have purchased a 2 x 1 mt. non-opening rooflight from EOS. They are extremely well made and use much thicker glass than many other manufacturers. They were recommended to me by a high end door and glass systems company. If you need a rooflight I don't think you will find better than EOS. I am delighted with my purchases​.

Posted 4 weeks ago

John Miller

as the installers we thought the product well manufactured , expensive , no ventilation , the customer loved it , that's important , installers need to have installation tool box talk.

Posted 1 month ago

Amanda

Customer Service, payment terms and delivery were all excellent and the product of high quality and finish. Very happy to recommend.

Posted 1 month ago

Paul Morgan

EOS were excellent to deal with and very good at communicating about their products. I ordered three 1500 x 1000mm roof lights and two 600 x 600mm. The quality is fantastic and my new kitchen now looks amazing. The roof lights make a huge difference and bring in a huge amount off light. Also having one that opens via the electric control panel is a great feature on hot days. Paul. Ealing W5

Posted 1 month ago

Paul Morgan

EOS were excellent to deal with and very good at communicating about their products. I ordered three 1500 x 1000mm roof lights and two 600 x 600mm. The quality is fantastic and my new kitchen now looks amazing. The roof lights make a huge difference and bring in a huge amount off light. Also having one that opens via the electric control panel is a great feature on hot days. Paul. Ealing W5

Posted 1 month ago

Luke Carroll

I am a managing director of a London based design and build company and we use Eos roof lights on many of our projects. I have just put 2 electric opening 2m x 1m roof windows in my own home. I see many roof windows in my line of work and in my opinion Eos roof lights represent excellent quality and value for money.

Posted 1 month ago

Richard Brown

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

Posted 1 month 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 month 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 month 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 2 months ago

Hugh Jones

Very good quality product and very good service

Posted 3 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 3 months ago

Anonymous

good product, no problems

Posted 3 months ago

Anonymous

Really well made.

Posted 3 months ago

Roy Summers

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

Posted 3 months ago