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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 and designed for flat roofs.

Prices from £549.00
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Cutting edge design with an integrated motor for a seamless finish internally.

Prices from £1499.00
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New 2017. Our Frameless Glass Lanterns. No Frames, No Compromise. 

Prices from £1099.00
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Manufactured with load-bearing glass for use either internally or externally.

Prices from £1699.00
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An endless run of rooflights with the ability to have fixed or opening side by side.

Prices from £1849.00

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149 Reviews

Alan Oliver

Good product, delivered on time, and looks great in our new flat roof extension.

Posted 5 days ago

Mike Guirguis

I actually bought my roof lights on the back of EOS’s reviews section, and now my extension is nearing completion, (finally) I wanted to pass on my experience. I couldn’t be happier with my decision, its clearly a very high quality product and they look amazing in our new kitchen. They are heavy so make sure you have lots of strong guys on site. The staff are all very helpful and seem very knowledgable. Highly recommended them.

Posted 1 week ago

Nicole Gray

Excellent customer service. Really took the time to listen to our needs and help us find exactly what we wanted, within the time schedule from our builders. They were also flexible as the schedule shifted and always available for any questions. And beyond that, our roof lights look so amazing! So, I'm a very happy customer.

Posted 1 week ago

Ben Jennings

EOS were very helpful during the sales process, liaising directly with my builder to confirm requirements (when I was way out of my depth). My builder’s feedback post installation is that the windows are heavy duty and top quality, even when compared with more expensive options he’s fitted in the past. He’ll be recommending EOS for future builds.

Posted 1 week ago

Bill Greenaway

Product was just as promised and delivery and information excellent. We are very pleased with it.

Posted 1 week ago

Jason Berry

Really helpful when I called to order my roof lights explaining delivery info, weights, fitting instructions etc.., Really accommodating in facilitating a specific delivery time and date (at relatively short notice); finally the finished product, robust, elegant and fantastic. First class.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Andy

Very competitively priced!! Went the extra mile to help me out and gave all the support, advice and technical details that I needed for our project (Triple glazed - PassivHaus project) Will be sure to use EOS on any further Rooflight orders!!

Posted 2 weeks ago

Anonymous

Lovely skylight... I bought the fixed 1500*1000 and opening 1500*1000, both with upstands. Thanks to Chris for all his help. Tex - DA8

Posted 2 weeks ago

Ollie Quaie

EOS were very helpful to me from my first inquiry to the order to the delivery. They phoned me back promptly with any additional information I needed. High standard of window which I’m very happy with and also competitively priced.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Sarah Miller

EOS offer a great range of products with good prices and stock availability. The team in the office are very helpful and nice people to do business with.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Anonymous

Very well made rooflights.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Steve Goward

Excellent product with a very high finish. EOS were very helpful and we are delighted with the rooflight we ordered. Our room looks amazing now we have so much light flooding in to it. We looked at lots of suppliers but we are glad we chose EOS on recommendation from our builder who had used them before.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Mark Cunningham

The service provided by EOS Rooflights was absolutely outstanding. From the communication via e-mail and telephone, to the quality of the product, I could not fault them one bit. We have now had our rooflights fitted and they look amazing! The joiner said the instructions were easy to follow and the rooflights themselves were easy to fit. Amazing!

Posted 1 month ago

Jake Thomas

We met EOS at the Homebuild Show in Birmingham as we wanted to see the rooflights before we bought them for our extension. We met with Elliot who answered all of our questions and helped out with our plans, as one of the sizes needed amending. The rooflights look beautiful in our kitchen. I would highly recommend EOS to anyone, especially if you this is your first build. Elliot couldn't of been more helpful with answering our queries.

Posted 2 months ago

Anonymous

Excellent product, very stylish and good quality

Posted 2 months ago

Anonymous

Our roof light with rain sensor add so much to our new extension. The window is great. EOS were a great help with waiting for our builders to be ready to install.

Posted 2 months ago

Tim Harris

The EOS rooflight we have installed is fantastic, the light within the room now is beautiful, the rooflight itself is a modern, slick design, it has transformed the space!

Posted 3 months ago

Anonymous

The finish is very good and the rooflight looks lovely. However, my builder has advised to be prepared for it to be a bit fiddly to fit. Now it is up, it looks great and is definitely how I had hoped it would look. Well worth the purchase.

Posted 3 months ago

Gavin Ward

Great product, excellent customer service, very easy process from order to installation. My builder has already recommended this product to other customer and is the best he has fitted!

Posted 3 months ago

James Fraser

High quality products

Posted 3 months ago

Rob O Carroll

Fantastic. Product really well made. And. Finished to very high standard

Posted 4 months ago