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Choosing Safe And Secure Glass For Your Rooflights

When 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.

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.

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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.

The EOS Glass Specification

All of our rooflights are manufactured using both laminated and toughened glass, which means that you benefit from the highest levels of safety and energy efficiency. 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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268 Reviews

BrianHowarth

We are very happy with both the product and the service we received from the company. The roof light is of excellent quality at a competitive price and the customer service was excellent. It is always good to be able to contact a company once you have ordered a product and this was certainly the case with EOS Rooflights Ltd. Unlike a number of other companies we have had to deal with during our building project.

Posted 1 week ago

DaveRafferty

Great product and excellent service from EOS

Posted 2 weeks ago

JohnWalsh

I sent in the order for the roof light and received delivery in 4 weeks, at the moment anything that includes glass is taking ages so I was surprised when it turned up on time.

Posted 2 weeks ago

AndyHill

We have used EOS Rooflights on a couple of projects now and will continue to do so. The quality of the frame which is welded, and the glass connection, is second to none, and this makes for a trouble-free installation. Hillbuilt Construction

Posted 2 weeks ago

DanielRogers

I did a lot of shopping around when trying to find the right product for our extension roof and the EOS Flex electric stood out in terms of price and overall quality. The ordering and delivery process was fantastic (within a week it was with me) and it took less than an hour to install. Really happy with the quality and finish so wouldn't hesitate in recommending to anyone looking for similar

Posted 2 months ago

SandraSanderson

over the moon fits like a glove , excellent service, and delivery

Posted 2 months ago

StevenJohnson

Fast friendly services. Top quality product. I am 100% confident when I recommend EOS rooflights to my clients.

Posted 2 months ago

MarkLaws

We are very pleased with our EOS Rooflights Our Builder was also very impressed with the quality and will use them in future

Posted 4 months ago

AlexanderWhite

Im very happy indeed. Instructions were clear, it went on a treat and looks great.It was a pleasure dealing with you, I shall recommend you

Posted 4 months ago

Anonymous

Very helpful customer service

Posted 4 months ago

JustinGourley

Most importantly of all, a great product - smart and clean design - looks superb. Service was excellent, very responsive - addressing questions quickly and adapting the design as needed. Fully recommend

Posted 5 months ago

Anonymous

We have had very good service from you delivery on time and fitting very easy.We are now enjoying the benefits of having the room flooded with light.Many thanks

Posted 5 months ago

KateAllen

EOS where very helpful throughout, the pricing was competitive with all the quotes we received and the walk-on rooflight was exceptionally well made. We prepared the opening using EOS details and plans and it came exactly as described and fitted perfectly (this seems obvious but surprisingly doesn't always happen). I would 100% use them again and would recommend EOS to others without hesitation. I am extremely pleased with the finished rooflight and it looks brilliant installed. My contractor said it was perfect and came exactly as described too, so good all round.No pictures at present but can provide later! It looks fab!

Posted 6 months ago

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Posted 7 months ago

AshleyNicholson

perfect , elegant and simple which is what we wanted. looks good. Builders told me easy to fit and fiiting instructions were appreciated as they were very clear

Posted 7 months ago

AsifAhmed

Excellent service, I had a few questions regarding installation and these were answered very quickly, very happy to recommend EOS!

Posted 8 months ago

NicoVatnikaj

Very happy with the service on time no delays

Posted 8 months ago

Anonym

Quick delivery and great product

Posted 8 months ago

SeanOwen

Looks great. Very solid, good quality. Service was wonderful, delivered in a couple of days as promised

Posted 10 months ago

Andy

We purchased a flat roof light last year and we're so glad we did. It's made such a difference to the light we get into the room and looks amazing too. Top product and great results. Our builder was impressed with it too and how quickly his question was answered when he was installing it.

Posted 10 months ago

Anonymous

As part of my build project I researched many companies looking for good quality skylights and a company that could offer both opening and fixed skylights. EOS fitted all my requirements. Both Elliot and Chris were consummate professionals in dealing with my queries and ensuring I got my delivery on time. The skylights were solidly constructed and we love them. The only thing I will say is that if you order a bespoke size, make sure you can wait 6 weeks from order to delivery.

Posted 11 months ago