What are the Benefits of Duraglaze Rooflights?

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We will demonstrate some of the benefits of purchasing from our Duraglaze range:

  • Maximum light exposure

The minimalistic frame and high quality glass allow as much light to come through the rooflight as possible

  • Sleek look

The frame of a Duraglaze rooflight is barely visible from the interior providing a clean and sleek look

  • Easy to maintain

No indoor frame means that you will only have to clean the glass, which just requires a periodic cleaning every now and then

  • High quality glass

We use the best quality glass on our rooflights which gives beautiful clear sunlight into your home

  • Air tight

A silicone seal is applied to the external glass and frame edges to ensure good air tightness

  • Easy to fit

Our Duraglaze rooflights come with instructions and are extremely quick and easy to install

  • Double or triple glazed options

Our glass is available as double or triple glazed to control heat loss and noise reduction

  • Different glass options available

Different glass options are available such as clear, solar controlled or self-cleaning

  1. Can be made to custom sizes

We can provide all of our rooflights in bespoke dimensions – enquire now for more.

If you would like to take a look through our Duraglaze collection you can see them here or if you would like to find out more please get in touch with us at info@directrooflights.co.uk or call us on 01670821166.

Custom-made Rooflights

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One of the main benefits of buying your rooflight directly from the manufacturer is the ability to create your own bespoke dimensions.

Our rooflights can be tailor-made to your specifications whilst remaining high quality and at a low cost. We offer our rooflights in an array of the most common sizes, which can be found across our website, however our full range can also be made to individual requirements at our customer’s request.

With our knowledgeable and skilled team, we can guide customers and help them to create the best size required for their roof and design goals. All homes are different and people require different things from their rooflight whether it’s natural light or ventilation, by offering our custom made sizing options we can help you to create a rooflight that best meets your interior needs.

As well as creating your own dimensions for your rooflight, we offer an array of options so that you can design every aspect to create your perfect skylight. We offer both glass and polycarbonate rooflights, each coming with their own set of unique options. For glass rooflights, you can choose between our clear, self-cleaning or solar controlled range. For polycarbonate skylights, there are options such as clear, diffused, white or bronze. If you would like to discuss more about your options or start creating your perfect roof light, please get in touch with us on 01670 821166 or send us an email at info@directrooflights.co.uk.

Why Choose Polycarbonate Rooflights?

There’s so much choice when it comes to picking the best rooflight for your property. Different shapes, sizes, materials and colours. Our team are always on hand to help you make the right decision and our helpful blogs are here to give you more information on the things you want to know most.

Polycarbonate is a popular choice of material for rooflights and here’s the top reasons why people choose this option:

 

Clear light transmission

Polycarbonate is naturally transparent, allowing high levels of clarity and the same light transmission as glass

 

Robust

It’s a tough material, very durable with exceptional impact strength

 

Tints available

Polycarbonate can be manufactured with a tint for those who would like less light or require more privacy

 

Clear for longer

Materials like polycarbonate are less likely to become discoloured over time than some other materials meaning the light clarity will last much longer

 

Long life

Polycarbonate rooflights are extremely long lasting when handled and maintained correctly

 

Thermal performance can be enhanced

Whilst not as naturally thermal as glass, polycarbonate can be made to increase thermal performance

 

Fire-resistant

All of our roof lights meet Building Regulations in regards to fire-resistant properties but polycarbonate is a naturally fire-resistant material, accepting a lot of heat exposure.

 

Want to know more about our range of polycarbonate rooflights? Visit here. Alternatively, contact our sales team on 01670 821166 or at info@directrooflights.co.uk.

Bespoke Rooflights

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Every building is different and therefore has its own individual requirements. This is why we offer a unique, made to order, bespoke rooflight service so that you can get exactly what you’re looking for.

glass rooflightThe size of a rooflight is an important factor for several reasons. The size can affect the overall look of the room and standard sizes are designed to suit the majority, meaning they can end up being too big or small for your desired room. Roof light size also determines how much of your room will be filled with light and will need to be considered alongside positioning of the rooflight to decide what time of day you would want the most light. Follow rooflights and skylights to view our full trade range, including glass and polycarbonate options, with or without a kerb.

By offering a completely bespoke rooflights service we can tailor make rooflights to specific size requirements – to your exacting needs. We offer rooflights in various shapes and finishes with glass or shatterproof, robust Perspex (polycarbonate) to provide amazing glass like display whilst upholding best safety practices. Our Perspex roof lights are created using a thermoforming process in single or triple skin construction in order to meet architectural requirements. We also offer a range of colour tints including clear, diffused, opal and bronze to suit specifications.

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All of our rooflights can be supplied with a UPVC kerb. You can find more information about our UPVC frames reading our previous article: benefits of UPVC frames. In our 60+ years of experience in the industry, we are well experienced in creating high quality rooflights whilst offering the lowest trade prices – supplying to both trade and individuals throughout the UK.

If you would like to order a unique rooflight from us, why not take a look through our current range and get in touch with our sales team on 01670 821166 or via the contact form to discuss your requirements.

Six Benefits of UPVC Frames You Didn’t Know

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You’ve decided to buy a rooflight – you want clear glass, double glazed, hatch access but what about the frame? There’s many factors to consider when purchasing a rooflight, here we give you six of the best reasons why a UPVC frame will be the perfect fit.

1. Easy to Maintain

A UPVC rooflight frame provides a smooth finish which not only looks good but means it is easy to maintain and wipe clean. The ease of maintenance means that the UPVC rooflight will last longer than other materials.

2. Great Thermal Properties

A UVPC frame is also a good way to save money on your heating bills. While you may have double glazed glass in your rooflights, insulation qualities of the frame can be equally important. UPVC material is renowned for its thermal properties – saving you money and it is better for the environment.

3. It Looks Nice

As well as matching windows and French doors in your house, a UPVC frame is aesthetically pleasing. With a smooth finish the material won’t rust, rot, flake or fade meaning it will stay looking good for longer.

4. Durable Material

UPVC is a very durable material, withstanding more than metal or wood – which can be essential in the unpredictable UK weather.

5. Almost Soundproof

As well as not letting cold air in, the UPVC frame is also efficient at keeping outside noise out. Though rooflights are not completely soundproof, a UPVC frame does help to stop you hearing too much outside noise in your home.

6. It’s High Quality and Cost Effective

They are a cost effective frame. Possibly the most important reason for some is that a UPVC frame is less costly than other materials whilst still being of the highest quality.

Still not convinced or want to know more? Get in touch with your knowledgeable sales team on 01670 821166 or info@directrooflights.co.uk.

FAQs

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In this post we will feature some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive from our customers. We want our blog to be informative and helpful for our customers so this will be the first of many FAQs – read on to see if your questions are answered.

 

What should I do if my skylight is leaking?

Skylights can leak for a variety of reasons such as damage, corrosion, installation errors or even condensation for skylights that have not been correctly insulated. Condensation is more common in skylights that are used in bathrooms and kitchens and that are only single glazed. Other reasons a leak may occur is if the surround seal is damaged or corroded. We suggest that if you are unsure on how to install your rooflight you hire a contractor to fit it for you.

Our roof lights are delivered ready to install for easy installation and with a 12 month warranty – providing our customers with full peace of mind – which is why we’re one of the UK’s most trusted rooflight supplier.

 

Do modern skylights leak?

Skylights should never leak, most causes of water coming from the skylight are from other factors (please see answer above). If there is water coming from your skylight and you’re not sure why, please get in touch and our experts will be more than happy to help.

 

How has energy conservation changed the design of skylights?

Skylights are known for their eco-friendly design to help you save money on your energy bills, lower your carbon footprint as well as the aesthetically pleasing features they bring to your home. Some people are concerned that a room with a featured skylight will be too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, however recent changes in the design of skylights have combatted these effects.

We offer skylights with optional vents in order to let any warm air escape, keeping the room cool during summer. Glass and positioning play a role in temperature as well. Most skylights are double glazed ensuring warmth remains indoors during the colder months and we also offer different light transmission options for the glass so you are in control of how much light you want to let in. The size and position of the roof window determines what time of the day your room will fill with light and heat.

If you are looking for shade, blinds can help to provide this, making the room cooler when too much heat is coming from the window.

 

Does a roof lantern apply to any home design?

Every home is different which is why we offer bespoke rooflight designs with different sizes, light transmissions, ventilation options and shapes. If you need a rooflight made to your specific requirements, get in touch to see what we can offer you.

 

Will my rooflight lose heat during the winter months?

This is a regular concern held by anyone who owns a rooflight. For thermal properties it’s best to purchase a double glazed glass or polycarbonate rooflight. However, a lot of people focus on the centre material of the rooflight, when in fact the insulation qualities of the frame are equally as important and must not be overlooked. We provide UPVC frames which are known for their thermal insulation qualities. When fitted correctly, roof lights can provide great insulation properties to your home and a clear material will allow the most sunlight to enter your home which helps to keep the room warm.

 

How do I stop condensation on my roof lights?

A lot of people notice more condensation on their rooflights in the winter due to hot air rising and becoming moisture on the cooler surface of the rooflight. Ways to prevent this include using kitchen and bathroom fans to reduce the amount of steam rising from hot showers or boiling pans. If your home is especially moisture prone, you could benefit from purchasing a dehumidifier.

The best rooflights to purchase to reduce condensation risks are double glazed or polycarbonate based with a UPVC frame. These ensure that the roof light is properly insulated helping to reduce the build-up of moisture on the inside of your skylight. You could also purchase a ventilated rooflight which will allow warm, moist air to rise through and escape from the room.

 

How much do skylights cost?

This depends on which skylight you require. We offer a range of bespoke options in terms of material, size, frames, style and features such as manual or electronic opening ventilation and self-cleaning. As we manufacture rooflights and offer free delivery services in the UK we are confident that our rooflights are the cheapest on the market, without compromise on the quality. Our team of experts can assist you with any pricing enquiries or you can see our full list of standard rooflights throughout our website.

If you feel your question wasn’t answered here or you have a suggested question for us to include please feel free to contact us at info@directrooflights.co.uk or give us a call on 01670821166.

The Difference Between Skylights, Rooflights and Roof Windows

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If you’ve ever wondered what exactly is the difference between a rooflight, skylight and a roof window – Direct Rooflights has got the answer here for you! In our latest blog we’ve described each product in an easy to understand format so that the terminology confusion can be put to rest.

Rooflight

A rooflight is the term preferred in the UK to describe a glazed unit featured on the roof of a room. Our rooflights use a kerb system to support the glass and remain watertight/weatherproof. Different requirements are needed for different roof styles which is why all of our rooflights are made specific to customer requirements. We have a vast range of options available for size, ventilation, fixed, hinged, self-cleaning, glass styles, colour shapes and more.

Skylight

A skylight is the term most preferred by Americans to describe glazed units designed to be installed in the roof. Essentially, they are used interchangeably as they describe the same thing which is where the confusion has come from. The name comes down to preference and we will mostly use rooflight across our website but may occasionally use skylight to appeal to both terminology uses.

Roof Window

A roof window is a completely separate unit that is often confused with rooflights. Roof windows are required to be CE marked in order to prove that they can withstand constant and heavy rainfall so that damp cannot get through. Roof windows are usually only available in standard sizes and shapes and are often much smaller than rooflights. Certain roof window manufacturers have begun developing options to use improved glass specifications to allow larger products to be produced.

If you’re still confused about any of the terminology above, our team of experts are always on hand to help. Just send us an email at info@directrooflights.co.uk or call us on 01670821166.

Your Trusted Local Rooflight Supplier

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Manufactured from our 85,000 sq ft site in Northumberland, our locally made rooflights are available throughout the whole of the UK.  Based in the North East of England we are in a prime location for easy delivery throughout the Northern region as well as the rest of the UK.

As we design and manufacture the rooflights this means that we can create bespoke rooflights. Our team can discuss with customers any specifications they may require such as a different size to that stated on the website. All of our products are manufactured and assembled, ready for the delivery from our Bedlington base.

Once we have received your order we can dispatch your rooflight from our Northumberland warehouse within 48 hours – Monday to Friday – and we provide free delivery throughout Britain.

We offer our products nationwide and due to being a local business have built up a strong reputation and trust with our customers based in Northumberland, Sunderland, Gateshead, Durham, Newcastle and further afield.

Since all of our products are developed directly from us in Northumberland, you can be assured that your rooflight will meet and often exceed British industry standards. This is why we are recognised as being one of the most reliable and largest distributors of rooflights in the UK.

If you would like find out more, visit our contact page or call us on: 01670 821166

Let Some Natural Light Into Your Home With Duraglaze

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Duraglaze glass rooflights are an easy way to brighten a room and make it look more spacious in a way artificial light can’t achieve. There are several things to consider when choosing a rooflight for your home, such as:

 

Which rooms will Duraglaze work best in?

Glass rooflights can be used in any room that isn’t built on top of. They’re great for sky rooms, lofts and dining rooms.

 

Are they easy to maintain?

Once installed the windows are very easy to maintain with nothing needed other than occasional cleaning. We offer rooflights with features such as self-cleaning and solar control. The external part of the rooflight offers an integrated water management system that sheds water.

 

Should I choose fixed or opening?

Most of our Duraglaze rooflights are available as fixed with no ventilation or we can offer hinged products that can be opened to provide ventilation to the room.

 

For opening rooflights, should I choose manual or electric?

Manually operated units are supplied with a brass telescopic mechanism and are operated by a winding rod to add as much or as little ventilation as you would like. Electric hinged rooflights are easier to open with a wall mounted button but can be harder to control how much ventilation you require.

 

Will they fit in my roof?

All our rooflights come in a range of different dimensions and we can even create bespoke sizes to suit your individual needs. Click here to see our full range of sizes.

If you’re still unsure which glass rooflight will work best for you, call us directly on 01670821166 or email us at info@directrooflights.co.uk.

 

 

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Update Your Home with a Roof Light

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roof lightA roof light is an easy and cost effective way to add some natural light into a room and provide a modern update.

A clear glass skylight can make a room feel bigger, brighter and can add a dramatic feature to the room. The rooflight can act as a focal feature to a room, especially if you like a minimalist look, due to the amount of light coming from it. And what’s more, a lot more light will flow into a room from a roof light than a traditional wall-based window.

Some people who are building extensions prefer a rooflight with contrasting walls rather than a traditional conservatory. This is known as a ‘skyroom’ and gives the luxurious and relaxing feel of a conservatory whilst also counter-acting the problems of conservatories often being too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. This makes the skyroom more suitable for all year round.

Rooflights can work for other extensions as well. A loft conversion would benefit greatly from a skylight to provide some natural light into the area. This gives the illusion of space to an otherwise small area. It also has the benefits of providing a peaceful rooftop view, fresh air and some much needed ventilation during the hot summer months.

Roof lights can work for almost any room instantly giving it a modern update and making it appear brighter and more spacious. Some people opt to have a skylight in their bedroom but roller blinds should be added as you don’t want your room to be too light at night in the summer.

If you would like to know how you could give your home a modern update with a roof light call us on: 01670821166 on or send us an email at: info@directrooflights.co.uk.

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Why Buy Rooflights Direct from a Manufacturer?

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As one of the very few manufacturers in the UK of rooflights, we have put together seven benefits to buy rooflights directly from a manufacturer and why Direct Rooflights is a key supplier of choice:

 

  1. UK Manufacturer

You know where your rooflight is coming from. If you buy from Direct Rooflights our products are all made on our own site in Northumberland which spans more than 85,000 square feet.

 

  1. More Choice

There is a greater variety to choose from. Not everyone has the same amount of space for a skylight and when you order direct you can choose from a range of styles and sizes that may not be available from some suppliers.

 

  1. It’s Cheaper

When you buy rooflights directly from the manufacturer, it’s much more cost effective than buying from a middle man company. When you buy direct you will get the product for the lowest price.

 

  1. Delivered Direct

When you order from a manufacturing company you get the product delivered directly to your door. There’s no extra waiting time for your delivery as it is produced and distributed from our Northumberland site.

 

  1. Warranty

Buy rooflights from Direct Rooflights directly, gives you a 12 month warranty.

 

  1. Ready assembled

When your rooflight is delivered it is already fully assembled making it easy to fit.

 

  1. Knowledgeable Staff

All of our skylights are designed and manufactured by a team of highly trained staff . As we produce the product onsite our staff have full technical knowledge of our products that a second supplier may not have.

 

If you want to know more benefits of buying roof lights direct get in touch through email: info@directrooflights.co.uk, our contact form, or give us a call on 01670 821166.

Benefits of Flat Rooflights

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If you have a flat roof in either your home or office space, a great way to brighten up what can often be a very dull space without good lighting is to have a flat roof light installed and enjoy one of the earth’s natural resources – the sun.

Flat rooflights, also known as skylights, offer a broad range of benefits, including:

Increase the Ventilation in Your Property

Through regularly opening your rooflight, which is very easy to do following the instructions provided with all of Direct Rooflights products, you can allow built up warm air to be naturally released, thus increasing the ventilation and creating a more hospitable environment

Increase the Aesthetics of Your Building

Flat roof lights are a great feature to have and studies have shown that people thrive better both mentally and physically when exposed to natural light.

Increase Your Energy Efficiency

Reduce the need during the summer months to have your lighting on all of the time and let the natural light fill the room via a roof light.

Want to know about our range of flat rooflights that are all manufactured onsite in our extensive facilities at Direct Rooflights? Either call us on 01670 821166 or leave an enquiry at info@directrooflights.co.uk.