- By Indeluxe Windows
All You Ever Wanted To Know About Roof Lanterns
Opening up a roof space and adding extra head height, a roof lantern is a perfect way to make even the smallest of rooms feel spacious and bright. But not only that – a roof lantern also adds an architectural feature that will wow any guest.
But what is a roof lantern exactly and how is it different from roof lights?
Unlike a rooflight which is effectively a window fitted to a pitched, sloped or flat roof, a roof lantern is a three-dimensional glazed structure built onto a roof – made up of several panes of glass. The design of a roof lantern allows for natural light to flood your home whilst increasing the height of a room.
Before installing a roof lantern in your home, there are a few important things to consider.
In this article, we answer everything you need to know about roof lanterns before you go installing one in your home.
Do you need planning permission for a roof lantern?
This is a common question homeowners have when thinking of fitting a roof lantern to their roof. In short, the answer is no – generally.
In most cases you will not need planning permission for the installation of a roof lantern, however, there are some rules you must follow to avoid needing planning permission. For example, your roof lantern must be no higher than the highest part of the roof and must not extend 150mm above the sloping plane of the existing roof.
If your roof lantern doesn’t fit these requirements then you will need to obtain planning permission.
Do roof lanterns lose heat?
It is a common misconception that replacing a solid roof with a glazed roof such as a roof lantern has the tendency to cause your home to be colder. However, this no longer the case. It really depends on the glazing that is used. By using quality triple glazing you can improve the heat retention of your roof lantern preventing heat from escaping through the roof. In fact, thanks to the increased amount of natural light that roof lanterns let in, this can help to warm your home.
Can roof lanterns open?
Generally, roof lanterns are no-opening, however, if ventilation is a concern then options are available which allow for increased ventilation such as including an opening vent that will let in fresh air into your home.
Are roof lanterns noisy when it rains?
When it comes to installing a roof lantern, a common concern of homeowners is the noise levels when rain hits the roof. However, with effective design, this can be avoided. The more glass panes that are used in a roof lantern the quieter the noise will be from the rain. Also, by investing in thicker panes of glass you can greatly reduce the noise of the rain.
Choose a roof lantern from Indeluxe
If you’re looking to install a roof lantern in your home, it is first and foremost important to choose a trusted installer to carry out the installation.
At Indeluxe Windows, we have made it our mission to ensure each of our customers receive the highest quality products and a first-class service. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Indeluxe Windows has built a prestigious reputation as a home improvement specialist, so you know when you choose us, you can rest assured that your home is in capable hands.
For more information regarding roof lanterns or if you would like to receive a free quote, get in touch with us and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.