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  • Roof Lanterns Vs Rooflights – Which To Choose?

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    Both roof lights and roof lanterns have their benefits, but what is the difference? In what situation would one be better than the other? Here we take a look at the pros and cons of roof lanterns vs rooflights, what to look out for and in what situations each makes an ideal addition to your home.

     

    What is the difference between a roof light and a roof lantern?

    In general rooflights (or just to add to the confusion, skylights!) is a generic term used to describe a myriad of different roof-based glazing systems. This might be stock rooflights or a bespoke skylight. It could be for a large unit or a small domestic rooflight. Rooflights can be used on flat roofs and pitched roofs, so as you can see – there is no real defining factor between roof lights and skylights. In general, skylights are used more widely in the USA and the term rooflights is used more widely in UK and Europe.

     

    Now we have the generic terms for roof lights covered, let’s take a look at the common differences between a roof light and a roof lantern:
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  • How Much Are Roof Lanterns?

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    So, just how much are Roof Lanterns?

     

    This question gets asked a lot and in addition – ‘Are Roof Lanterns Expensive??’.

     

    Of course, there is no fixed price due to a multitude of options available that can include:

     

    • Size – How big is the roof lantern that is required?
    • Shape – Does the roof lantern need to be in a certain shape such or wall- abutting?
    • Security – Is the roof lantern going to be used within a new build?
    • Additional Options – Will the roof lantern have a non-standard tint and/or solar performance control?

    These questions help to understand how much a roof lantern will cost and provide an accurate estimation.

     

    In general, the smaller a roof lantern is, the less expensive it is to manufacture and produce. Secure options increase the cost, due to the additional glazing to exceed building regulation standards and are fully tested with certification provided. Non-standard finishes such as blue, bronze, grey and solar performance control add additional coatings based on a square meter pricing. This means you only pay for what you actually need. the larger the roof lantern, the more specialist coating is required.
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