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What is a Timber Upstand & How Can I Build One?

If you are adding a skylight to a flat roof, you must decide on whether to construct your own upstand or purchase one from your rooflight supplier.

The job of an upstand (sometimes referred to as a Kerb) is to lift the glass element of your rooflight off of the roof’s surface, and is required by building regulations for safety and weathering reasons. The upstand must be at least 150mm in height and should a minimum pitch of at least 3 degrees.

Should I make my Own Upstand?

 

Cost is generally the main reason people choose to make their own. A simple upstand can be constructed from excess timber on site minimising waste or using standard timbers found at any local wood supplier. Creating your own upstand also allows your to weather your roof without the rooflight lid being on site protecting it from any potential damage.

If you would like to build your own upstand and require more information you can visit our technical downloads page for specific measurements.

Choosing a Pre-Made Upstand

Whlie a pre-made insulated upstand can be a little more expensive a purpose manufactured version has numerous benefits including improved thermal performance, weathering and air tightness. The frame has been designed and engineered to fit your exact rooflight giving you peace of mind that your skylight is going to fit perfectly.

Our upstand arrives pre-made and packed full of insulation, constructed using marine ply for longevity and features a vapour barrier and fitted gaskets to ensure no moisture finds its way into your home.

If you would like more information on our how we can help then you can explore our product range here.

Would you like to find out more?

If you would like further information about EOS, our products and how we can help, why not request a brochure.?

Insulated Upstand Detail

A more advanced detail is the equivalent of creating a mini stud wall. The purpose of this is being able to insulate the inner cavity which gives greater thermal performance and sound insulation.

Again our technical drawings section of the site will help with sizes, however if you need any bespoke drawings please let us know.

Have any questions about upstands? Head on over to our Contact Page to get in touch with our team or take a look at our Fixed Rooflights, Opening Rooflight, Eco Triple Glazed Rooflights, or WalkOn Rooflights for Flat Roofs pages for more information and to see our stock sizes.

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250 Reviews

SeanOwen

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

Posted 1 week 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 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago

IanGriffiths

Very pleased with rooflights . Easy to fit . Great communication both when ordering and delivering. Would definitely buy again.

Posted 1 month ago

PeterJaggard

Brilliant company to work with, always ready to assist, and very good communication. Excellent product, of great quality and looks brilliant, well pleased. Thanks to all at EOS

Posted 1 month ago

MadeleineBradbury

Delighted with our rooflights. EOS did everything they said they would do when they said they would do it. We were a bit nervous about doing our own fitting but we got precise, practical instruction diagrams and all went very smoothly

Posted 2 months ago

JeffereySmith

Excellent rooflights and easy to fit

Posted 2 months ago

AndrewHamilton

Excellent product, delivered on time. Would certainly use this company again,

Posted 2 months ago

Rooflights are high quality and fixing instructions clear.

Posted 2 months ago

PaulSeabright

A great product. The speed and efficiency of the online purchase and then the delivery of the items made the process a hassle free pleasure that is all to rare these days.

Posted 2 months ago

KevinTimmins

From ordering to receiving our rooflight everything went great, we built the upstand ourselves from the drawings supplied and the light fitted perfectly. Excellent product at a great price. Wish everything on our extension went that well. 5 stars all round.

Posted 2 months ago

ShafiqCaan

Hi, excellent service and they added solar control without additional charge.

Posted 3 months ago

Clearly a top quality roof light which is beautifully made. I looked at several manufacturers and the EOS had the best insulation among those I looked at. The frame is substantially made and the glass perfectly set into it. It was really simple to fit and the superb drawings allowed me to construct the kirb with confidence and accuracy. Delivery was fast and the unit well supported and protected on a pallet.

Posted 3 months ago

Jeremy

Very impressed with dealing with EOS, great quality product, courteous and good communication which helped make my decision to purchase the 2 Roof lights I needed from them. Thanks for your help.

Posted 3 months ago

Michael

Roof lights turned up day we asked for van driver was very helpful and in position look great !!!

Posted 3 months ago

Joe

Great product and customer service

Posted 3 months ago

Ray

I was really pleased with the quality of the roof lanterns I ordered 2mt x 1mt and 1.5mt x 1mt. We have all heard the old saying you only get what you pay for and this product is spot on ,great build quality would highly recommend

Posted 3 months ago

Richard

I always get my sky lights from EOS. They are reliable, friendly and very good quality. There technical help is invaluable. Richard Abbey Building

Posted 3 months ago

Andy

We recently bought an opening roof light 1 metre x 1500 and a fixed roof light 1 metre x 1500 and we have found EOS Rooflights very competitive in price and of high quality also technical advice was very good.

Posted 3 months ago

Nicola

In the middle of Covid 19 lockdown they were able to advise, honestly estimating the future timing of delivery. I had to wait, which was not surprising, but their service was very personal.

Posted 3 months ago

Paul

Very good quality flat roof windows , good seling-advice service , fast delivery.

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