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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.

Ready to Order?

Now you know what you are looking for take a look at our online shop to see our stock sizes and prices. Even if you are in a rush, stock items can be delivered in 2-5 days.

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Combining sleek design with enhanced performance.

Prices from £649.00
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Cutting edge design with an integrated motor for a seamless finish.

Prices from £1649.00
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Top of the range ultra thermally efficient rooflight. 0.65 U Value 

Prices from £1099.00
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External Walk-On Glass Rooflights. Why compromise on design?

Prices from £1699.00
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An endless run of rooflights, either fixed or with opening units.

Prices from £1849.00

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172 Reviews

Graham Elson

I have used EOS roof-lights over the past few months. Their prices compare very favorably with their competitors. The rooflights are of very good quality. They are able to supply their products very quickly. Will use again.

Posted 1 month ago

Qasim Masod

Excellent customer service and delivered more than they have promised!

Posted 2 months ago

Rob Horan

Superb quality product and well under building regs u value requirements. It is the highlight of my extensive house renovations. Great after sales service.

Posted 4 months ago

Harry Parker

Prompt service and helpful advice

Posted 5 months ago

Stephen Graham

The roof was very high quality and a pleasure to fit.Will defiantly buy more in the future.

Posted 5 months ago

Giovanni Ometto

Beautiful window, very happy with it.

Posted 5 months ago

Anonymous

Very well made and easy to fit lantern, will definitely be using this company again.

Posted 5 months ago

R Holloway

Great Product , Great Service. Any issues or problems we had were sorted out immediately so i cannot fault EOS.

Posted 5 months ago

Anonymous

All contact with EOS was dealt with efficiently and by friendly staff. The quality of the rooflight is excellent. In a different league to the alternatives I have seen. A couple of points to improve on below, however these do not detract from how the quality of the roof light lifts the whole build..... - Rooflight did not arrive on the advised date, arriving the following morning instead. This required a number of builders to return the following day to lift off the van. - Do not underestimate the weight. Very challenging for my builder just to get off the box van. - The ordering instructions make it clear to provide the size of the hole. That will then equate to clear glass when fitted. However on arrival length and width of clear glass were both 3cm shorter than ordered. This was explained by phone as relating to the rebate for plaster board, however this should be made clearer ahead of ordering as we could have ordered 3cm larger to get the clear glass size originally envisaged.

Posted 9 months ago

Anonymous

Excellent product and faultless service. Fixed rooflight was delivered on time, communication was good throughout the period and staff were always helpful and courteous. Rooflight looks stunning!

Posted 9 months ago

Kevin Dean

Very good product and service from the team. Would recommend

Posted 9 months ago

Sam Phillips

We require 3 windows for 2 projects and they where very well priced and also had them in stock. will be using again.

Posted 10 months ago

James Payne Cook

For all the reasons I have rated them highly

Posted 10 months ago

Sunny Tiwana

Awsome company to deal with, item was out of stock online and thier guys found me what i needed and sorted delivery quickly and efficiently. Will defiantly recommend to others.

Posted 10 months ago

Stuart Herring

Good service and good communications on queries and time scales

Posted 10 months ago

Fiona Whyte

Their customer service was good. I was able to speak with someone quickly and easily by telephone or email to clarify points before I ordered my items. The ordering process was very easy and the items were delivered on time. Upon delivery there was a scratch on one of my rooflights. I contacted EOS immediately and they were happy to send a repair kit to me, free of charge, which arrived in the post within a few days of me speaking with them. I'm very pleased with the service I've received and the product looks great in my new extension!

Posted 10 months ago

Dawn Thomas

Beautiful roof lights - exceeded our expectations

Posted 10 months ago

Piero Realmuto

Good product and service. Have never let me down

Posted 10 months ago

Steve Orr

The roof lights arrived on time, were well protected in transit and all queries were answered to our satisfaction.

Posted 10 months ago

Leanne Wallser

Fantastic service, super helpful getting it all to Jersey and product is perfect for us. Thanks

Posted 11 months ago

Dr J Trinder

Swift. Delivery. Arrived as described. Straight forward payment arrangement. Great advice and support when planning project. Motorised rooflight works remarkably quietly. A little costly however compared to some competition.

Posted 11 months ago