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.
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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Roof Lanterns come in two core forms; traditional and modern, with varying design differences throughout.
Traditional roof lanterns are also known as conservation roof lanterns and are ideal for period properties to stay in keeping with the rest of the architecture of the house.
Modern roof lanterns have a far sleeker structure and modern design, ideal for more recent properties, self-builds and new build developments. Contemporary roof lanterns are ideal for those looking for a modern, minimalist rooflight.
Roof lanterns provide an increased amount of natural light to enter the room below and add striking architectural impact to your roof.
Roof lanterns are a fantastic addition to an existing house or great to incorporate into your plans for a new house design. Some of the benefits of implementing a roof lantern include:
Here we take a look at all the different aspects involved with making the right decision for your roof lantern, providing key advice about what to look out for and things to consider before you commit to purchase.
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:
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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