Looking to fit a skylight in your home? As the UK’s first BSI-accredited flat-roof skylight manufacturer Sunsquare is well-placed to help you select the best skylight for your property.
If you’ve never had a rooflight installed before, you may be unsure of where to start when it comes to choosing one that’s perfect for your home. We’ve put together a list of practical considerations to think about before you begin:
Where will the skylight be fitted?
The positioning and functionality of your rooflight are crucial aspects to consider. Natural light can offer many benefits to any property, but you will also need to consider over-exposure to UV light.
Without a suitable glazing specification a greenhouse effect can occur. Subsequently you may opt for a rooflight that’s specially tinted to minimise UV levels whilst still allowing the full quota of natural light into the property.
Will you need to walk on the skylight?
Walk-on skylights are perfect for roof areas requiring pedestrian access, such as roof terraces or internal corridors encouraging natural light into basements. If a walk-on skylight appeals to you it’s important to choose one which can withstand being walked or stood upon regularly.
Does the skylight need to open?
If you are thinking of transforming an area for roof access, a fully-opening skylight should definitely be on your shortlist. Ideal for bringing extra light and ventilation into your property, they’re not only functional but their design adds an air of sophistication to a building, and value to your outdoor space.
Electrically-operated skylights are also available. These allow you to effortlessly open your skylight at the touch of a button.
What shape should your skylight be?
Pyramid skylights are architecturally engineered to maximise the amount of light filtering through – for an interior that is brighter and lighter, and creating the illusion of extra space below. This design is somewhat of a speciality at Sunsquare, with our new Aero Pyramid rooflight featuring an unobtrusive world-first 30º roof pitch and unrivalled thermal performance.
Traditional flat, fixed-roof windows also offer abundant levels of natural light; it ultimately depends on how flexible you’d like your window to be in terms of ventilation, operation and access.
Are there any safety considerations regarding the positioning of a skylight?
In some instances, yes. For example, in the past we’ve supplied roof windows specifically for installation above indoor swimming pools. Naturally, a skylight positioned over water requires a very particular glazing solution for safety standards. This is something that we consider at the quotation stage, ensuring our customers are fully aware of what we would need to do to provide them with a stunning but secure finished product.
Talk to an expert
If you’re looking to install a rooflight and would like to find out more information, why not talk to our sales team at stand H705 at the show? Alternatively, our skylight selector tool can help guide you through the process of buying a skylight.
Article by the team at Sunsquare.