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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.

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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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201 Reviews

Anonymous

Friendly, helpful and informative customer service. Good product and quick delivery.

Posted 1 month ago

Kairen

Beautifully designed, high spec, and look fantastic. Simple website and helpful service from guys at EOS. Prompt delivery. This is a quality product.

Posted 1 month ago

Lee

Morning big thanks to Chris and his team, very helpful their product is by far the best complete roof light system out there. I highly recommend this company will be using them again, ps also very easy to install Kind regards Lee

Posted 1 month ago

Sarah

They were extremely efficient and most of all knowledgable about their products - they offered detailed information and were extremely patient with all my questions. They managed to ship the product very quickly and it arrived to us the same week. Very happy with EOS. The product itself is great!

Posted 1 month ago

Clifford Nicholson

Very efficient and easy to deal with.

Posted 1 month ago

Tim Lancaster

The roof light that I ordered arrived on time and appears to be very well made. The instructions were clear and my builder had no problems installing it, other than in getting it onto the roof as it is very heavy. The roof light looks good and I am glad that I was able to buy one with such a good U value as I wanted the light without the loss of heat.

Posted 1 month ago

Mark Harris

Great service, nothing is a hassle and super helpful

Posted 1 month ago

Carl Smith

Prompt delivery, excellent quality and easy to install, a great product.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

EoS and their staff were very helpful in design and specification for a large skylight. They gave top quality support in the runnup to installation and were very accommodating in helping to source correct vehicle to crane in said (very heavy) skylight.

Posted 1 month ago

Kay

I'm delighted with my EOS roof lights. I had to choose roof lights that were slightly smaller than I wanted, due to design constraints, but the amount of light provided is wonderful and unexpected. The whole kitchen is lit up, even when the curtains are closed across our french doors. Many thanks EOS, A happy customers.

Posted 1 month ago

Timothy Rickford

Very happy with the service from EOS staff and quality of the product. Would definitely use again.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Great after sales support and service from knowledgeable staff. Also a really good quality product.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Excellent service! The windows are gorgeous and their staff are always so available and happy to answer questions on short notice, and I had a lot!

Posted 1 month ago

Sarah Willett

Really helpful on specifying size and advice on installing.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Really nice company - fast, efficient and pleasant in all my dealings with them. There was a delivery error and they worked hard to find a solution as quickly as possible and did everything they said they would. Really impressed all round - when you are having an extension on your house, you end up dealing with lots of suppliers. I wish they were all as good as EOS.

Posted 1 month ago

Rebecca Phillips

Eos gave us a really good service, good communication throughout, most importantly the roof lights are amazing - really good quality and look great

Posted 1 month ago

Luke Carroll

Ease of installation and provided a huge amount of light to our extension. We chose the electric opening option which is fantastic for ventilation.

Posted 2 months ago

Rebecca Phillips

Very good service but most importantly excellent quality roof lights, very pleased thank you

Posted 2 months ago

Anonymous

They delivered what I wanted!

Posted 2 months ago

Anonymous

Good service and communication, competitive prices. Very helpful and understanding.

Posted 2 months ago

Colin Nelson

Great product, helpful customer service staff who answered any question I had.

Posted 2 months ago