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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. Here you can find some helpful infomation to help you make your decision.

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.

How do I build my own Upstand?

If you are looking to build your own upstand for one of our stock skylights you can see the process below. When creating your upstand make sure the width is correct size for your rooflights as these can very from 60mm to 100mm depending on the system you order.

Please Note – If you require a lantern rooflights you do not need a pitch to your upstand.

Flat Glass
Rooflights

We offer a wide range of rooflights designed for flat and low pitched roofs with options to be Opening, Fixed and WalkOn.

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From £310 + VAT

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Aluminium Roof Lanterns

Our slim line lanterns are a modern twist on the traditional, featuring 50% less frame than standard lanterns.

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From £750 + VAT

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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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High Specification Flat Rooflight Including Insulated Timber Upstands.

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279 Reviews

Jacqui

I spent months researching and requesting estimates for a large 3m x 1.5m Flat Roof Light; without a join. Which proved a huge learning curve. My builder advised me I should to consider having a smaller roof light or join, which I didn’t want.Thankfully, I managed to find EOS Roof Lights, who were really helpful, knowledgable, efficient and extremely competitive. I now have the Roof Light I envisaged, which looks amazing.Great level of service and fantastic product. Delivery and communications were excellent. Would certainly recommend EOS Roof Lights.Thanks Chris.

Posted 1 week ago

Sam wong

We are so amazing that EOS Rooflights Ltd to install the rooflight. The quality is great and my family love it so much. I will highly recommend my friend to install it in the future.

Posted 4 weeks ago

Emma White

Beautiful windows that were easy to install. So pleased thank you. Communication was excellent also thanks so much! Emma

Posted 1 month ago

Swain Chapman

Great service, very knowledgeable staff, lantern arrived in 3 days, we love it, thanks chaps, highly recommended

Posted 1 month ago

Martin - M. E. G. A. Contractors

We’re very satisfied with your prompt Sevice. The roof lights look great, installation went smooth as your drawings were spot on. Overall very happy will use you again and recommend you to customers who need rooflights. Thanks and hope this helps you.

Posted 1 month ago

Jonathan Tregidga Buyer at Legacy

At Legacy we design and build quality homes and properties. A Key part of this is to have a product that fits the bill and EOS rooflights have never failed to impress us on the quality of the item and the staff at the office also never fail to impress. If you need a fixed rooflight then you could do far worse than go with these guys.

Posted 1 month ago

DH construction

The help on the information on there roof lights is brilliant product quality and packaging is really good tooWould recommend Great all round company

Posted 1 month ago

Bob

Great customer service and fantastic product. Delivery and communications were excellent. Competitive pricing and manufactured to the exact sizes we supplied. Roof light looks amazing in our hallway. Would certainly recommend this company.

Posted 1 month ago

Janet

I researched several roof lights and found that Chris Higgins and his colleagues at EOS provided the best technical advice and were happy to address my questions quickly. I purchased the roof light in September 2021. It was very heavy and there were issues with the delivery schedule which was stressful due to the additional manpower I needed to offload etc. EOS customer service did address the issues and I am delighted with the quality of my new roof light. I would like to thank Chris, Natalie, and the team for their help.

Posted 7 months ago

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 8 months ago

DaveRafferty

Great product and excellent service from EOS

Posted 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 10 months ago

SandraSanderson

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

Posted 10 months ago

StevenJohnson

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

Posted 10 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Anonymous

Very helpful customer service

Posted 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago