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With the coronavirus pandemic seeing more and more people invest in the aesthetics of their home, the skylight and roof lantern market has taken off, bringing added natural light and solar heating to millions across the country. If you’re thinking of getting a roof lantern or skylight installed in your own property, you’ll want to take a look at the following guide in order to figure out which one is best for you. 

What is a roof lantern?

A roof lantern is a form of window that opens up the ceiling of a room in your house to incorporate an area of glass supported by glazing bars. Popular in both contemporary and period properties, roof lanterns are versatile and feel luxurious. 

Pros & cons of roof lanterns

Roof lanterns offer added natural light and the illusion of extra space, thanks to the ceiling being opened up. They are also a great choice for creating awe-inspiring ‘wow’ moments in your home and bringing something beautiful to your interior space. They are available in regular, circular, and pyramid designs, so you have a choice of styles to suit your home.  

Since they’re mostly made of glass, roof lanterns will, however, need to be supported by glazing bars, which intersect the glass panels and create the ‘roof’ shaped effect. If this is something that you’re not fond of, you might prefer to consider a skylight instead. 

What is a skylight?

A skylight is a generic term that encompasses a variety of different products, depending on the manufacturer. Here at Unique Windows, a skylight is the ‘flat’ version of a roof lantern, and is similarly designed to give a seamless, minimalistic finish and the illusion of an open space. 

Skylights – the pros & cons

Skylights, or flat rooflights, are a great option for those who want to really open up their ceiling without any interruptions. Popular in modern, contemporary homes, these types of features are perfect for those who like stargazing. With impressive thermal qualities and extra weatherproofing options available, a skylight instantly adds character without compromising on quality. 

One of the only disadvantages to consider when opting for a skylight is that they may add a substantial amount of heat to the interior of your property. This can, however, be incorporated into the design process and placed strategically in your home.

Roof lantern or skylight: which is best for me?

Whether you opt for a skylight or roof lantern is ultimately your personal choice, but you’ll need to consider budget and lead time in order to keep your project on schedule and affordable. 

Expert roof lantern and skylight installers in and around London

With a showroom available at your disposal and expert, efficient teams on hand to make your dream a reality, Unique Windows is the premier choice for roof lanterns and skylights throughout London

Get in touch with us today on 020 8770 7397.

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