Rooflights make a fantastic addition to any property, by improving the light flow, energy efficiency and the overall aesthetic appeal of the property. Choosing to purchase a rooflight is the easy part – choosing between the styles is the most challenging bit.
In this blog, we’ve highlighted some handy tips to help you decide what you need to choose the right product for you.
Where Will Your Rooflight Be Fitted?
Position and function are the first crucial aspects to understand.
Check whether the roof you’re looking to add a rooflight to is capable of accommodating such an installation. Plastic rooflights can be used on flat or sloped roofs, but the glass within is not always so versatile, with a 15-degree limitation on some options.
While natural light can be a great benefit to many properties, you will need to consider UV light over-exposure too.
Without the glazing specifications, you run the risk of creating a greenhouse effect. Thus, you may wish to opt for functional glass specifications to minimise UV levels, while still allowing for appropriate light exposure.
Will You Require a Walk on Rooflight?
Walk on rooflights are ideal for roof spots which see regular pedestrian traffic, such as roof terraces or interior corridors. It’s important to decide whether you’ll need a walk on rooflight or a regular rooflight with non-fragile glass.
Fixed vs Venting
There are two different types of rooflight: fixed and venting, often known as ‘operable’. Which means either they open, or they don’t.
When deciding between the options, you should consider whether you require the additional ventilation that comes with an operable rooflight.
Fixed rooflights, tend to be the most popular, and this is because they are much less likely to suffer from leakage. If you live in an area prone to heavy rain, then a venting rooflight may not be for you.
If you are thinking of converting a roof area for full access, then a fully operable rooflight should be a priority. They’re ideal for making the most of the natural light and ventilation while adding an extra touch of class.
Operable Rooflights: The Options
If you’ve chosen to travel down the operable rooflight path, you must now consider whether you’d like a manually opening rooflight or an electric one?
When you choose an electrically operated rooflight, an opening mechanism allows you to open your rooflight at the very touch of a button, whereas a manual rooflight is cheaper and still very simple to open.
You can complement your electric rooflight with a multitude of different accessories and sensors which are a designed to make closing your rooflight as ergonomically sound as possible.
For example, you can purchase remotes and even weather sensors which close the window automatically during high winds and rain.
What Shape Will Your Rooflight Be?
Rooflights are available in many different shapes, from square, rectangle, domed or even pyramid.
Dome shapes are usually stronger, with a higher wind and snow load threshold – although the later won’t apply to everyone.
Pyramid shapes are engineered to make the most of the natural light, resulting in a brighter space; creating the illusion of a bigger room.
The more traditional, flat fixed rooflights also offer plenty of light, but it will depend on how flexible you’re willing to be with your ventilation, operation and access options.
In some instances, let’s say for example above swimming pools or areas with high footfall, then it’s essential to consult a professional before making any decisions.
Naturally, a rooflight positioned directly above water will require the right kind of glazing solution to ensure safety standards are met correctly.