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In 2013 we published a blog on how to choose the right skylight for your home. Due to its success we felt it would be valuable to revisit this subject to reflect recent trends and new products launches.

In this update we will look at the options available to you when fitting Skylights to flat or low-pitched roof. These are just a few of the considerations you will need to make before purchasing a skylight for your home.


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Flat Skylight Size

The overall size of your skylight will have an impact on the light level and temperature of the room in which it is installed, so choosing wisely will help you better control the level of light and heat coming into your home.

Another consideration is whether you select a stock or bespoke skylight option. Many manufacturers offer a wide range of stock sizes, saving you money and reducing lead times. If you choose a bespoke product you will need to obtain a quote and enquire about lead times so this can be built this into your schedule.

Whether you select stock or bespoke skylights, the size you select should be carefully considered. A larger flat skylight will allow more light into your home and maybe more cost effective when compared to smaller units. However other considerations such as weight and access will need to be considered.

There is a growing trend for large flat skylights, with architects specifying increasing amounts of glass within new builds and extensions. While this can add a beautiful focal point to your home, bear in mind that mechanical lifting may be required and this is a cost that will need to be budgeted for.

Skylight Type

There are three main types of rooflights: Flat Fixed Rooflights, Hinged Opening Rooflights, Modular Skylights, Walk-On, Access and Circular skylights. Not sure what you need try our flat roof light selector.

A fixed skylight, as its name suggests, cannot be opened and is designed for bringing natural light into your home while reducing your dependency on artificial lighting, enabling you to save money and reduce your carbon footprint.

If you wish to improve ventilation, opening skylights will enable you to let more air into a room while introducing natural light into your home. Generally available in either manual or electrical options they can incorporate either rain, temperature or wind sensors.

Where Skylights are going to be installed on a roof terrace then a Walk-On Rooflight will need to be installed. The glass thickness in this type of rooflight is significantly thicker than a standard skylight due to the increased weight it is being asked to support.

Glass Specification

When it comes to installing skylights in your home, safety is paramount. The perfect product 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 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.

Insulation

Advances in skylight design and manufacturing have significantly reduced any issues, which allow heat to escape from your home. This loss is measured by the term U-value, so the lower the U-value of your chosen skylight, the better the insulation it will provide. Fixed Skylight, Walk-On, Modular, Access Rooflight and Opening skylights achieve a U-value of 0.97 W/m2K, whilst Eco triple glazed skylights achieve a U-value of 0.67 W/m2K. This means that they lose very little heat.

Cost

The cost of your skylight will depend on the type, size and whether you select a bespoke size. To get an idea of costs contact you selected roof light supplier and they should be able to assist.

These tips should give you a good idea of the considerations needed in order to choose the best skylight for your home. Here at EOS Rooflights, we can provide you with a bespoke package to suit your needs. If you want to find out more, get in touch today or take a look at our Fixed Roof Windows, Opening Rooflight, Triple Glazed Eco Skylight, Modular or Walk On Rooflights pages for more information and to see our stock sizes and product information.

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128 Reviews

Anonymous

We were very pleased to find a stock rooflight which matched our requirements. The product has only just gone in but so far so good.

Posted 1 month ago

Nick Puxted

I found The sales person very helpful with our bespoke design. The roof light was delivered on time and we are very happy with the product.

Posted 1 month ago

Paul Anderson

from start to finish the service provided was friendly, helpful and professional. we are extremely pleased with the product, looks great and will definitely be using EOS in the future.

Posted 1 month ago

Buba

We ordered a rooflight, the staff were very helpful and giving an appropriate advice. Quick delivery and i’m very happy with the product. Defenitly Recomended

Posted 1 month ago

Sean Barrett

The people we dealt with on the phone were both polite and very helpful with our order, dealing with the whole process very efficently. The rooflights were delivered to site and our customers were very pleased with them once installed and the effect of such extra light into the extension. We would recommend EOS Rooflights as did visit other manufacturers prior to ordering them but found them to be a superior product overall.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

The were very good at keeping you informed as to when the product was to be delivered even down to approx time of the day, very good and would use them again.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

No complaints so far. Rooflights look great and arrived as promised.

Posted 1 month ago

Vassos Costas

I looked at quite a few of the competitors roof windows and none compared to the quality of EOS Rooflights. In situ, they look fantastic. I wanted to construct my own insulated up stands and the sales team at EOS provided plenty of quick technical info to assist. I also need to delay my order and EOS kindly agreed to store a large roof window for a couple of weeks until I had space on the job site. If you are planning to construct your own insulated up stands, beware of the amount of time it will take you or your carpenter and factor this cost against buying the up stands from EOS (you will need an onsite table saw, unless you have a workshop and adequate space for a glue up). Make sure you have a plan on how you are going to get the roof window to its final location prior to purchase-one of mine was 2.8m long and weighed circa 250kg-I had a relatively easy route to the installation point , but I doubt this will always be the case.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Very nice product, competitive prices and very professional communication. Having researched many similar products, I am very happy to have chosen EOS!

Posted 1 month ago

Peter Kent

From the outset I received excellent service. I enquired about fixed, opening and bespoke roof lights , both Elliot and Chris provided all the information I required. The order was placed and the deliveries were made on time. Following delivery I raised a couple of installation queries and received a speedy response. Very happy with rooflights, and Eos

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Excellent product & service

Posted 1 month ago

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 3 months 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 3 months ago

Anonymous

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

Posted 3 months ago

Pat Barry

Very easy to deal with and delivered on-time.

Posted 3 months ago

Anonymous

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

Posted 4 months 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 4 months ago

Simon White-Miller

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

Posted 4 months 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 4 months ago

Altan Riccardo

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

Posted 4 months 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 4 months ago