Rooflights Made to Order

Every building is different and therefore has its own individual requirements. This is why we offer a unique, made to order, 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 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 crated 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.

 

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.

Tips Guide on Maintaining Your Rooflights

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The rooflights that we design, manufacture and supply have a guaranteed lifespan of over 20 years if maintained correctly. In order to ensure that you get the maximum lifespan from your rooflight – as with any fittings – we would recommend that you carry out regular maintenance.

As such, we advise that once you have had your rooflight fitted to carry out the following:

 Cleaning

Typically, rooflights can be prone to getting dirtier as they are more exposed to elements such as air pollution, rainwater and bird dropping, in comparison to standard windows. However, they can easily be cleaned both on the interior and exterior using any standard glass cleaning solution, such as warm water with a mild detergent. We recommend that you should clean your rooflight at least once every six months using a soft cloth or sponge.

Harsh cleaning solutions and hard brushes should never be used. If in doubt, always check the label of any solution you are using for further advice.

Alternatively, within our range of duraglaze glass rooflight options, we offer glazing solutions with self-cleaning glass options. To find out more about this, please call our office on  01670 821166.

 Condensation

To avoid condensation – which occurs when there is a vast difference in temperature from outside to inside – we recommend that you can do small things such as using your extractor fan in the kitchen and bathroom, and also try to dry clothes outside whenever possible.

 Want to know more?

If you need any advice at all on, please feel free to call one of our team members on 01670 821166 who will be more than happy to help with any questions at all. Alternatively, drop us an enquiry at info@directrooflights.co.uk.

Which Rooflight Material is Best for My Requirements?

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Choosing the right rooflight to suit your needs can be complex – and this is where we can help.

In order to aid the decision-making process, we have put together a brief guide outlining the range of polycarbonate and glass rooflights that are available:

Glass Rooflights

Generally, a glass rooflight is only suitable when used in conjunction with flat panes, insulated units or if attached to a glazing bar system. If choosing a glass rooflight, considerations should be taken in regards to the weight of the rooflight itself which can often be in excess of 40kg/sq.m. Therefore, it is important to check that the structure will support the glass rooflight, particularly if it is a large rooflight.

Resistant to UV degradation, glass offers an ideal futureproof solution as aesthetically it will not suffer from weather exposure.

Direct Rooflight offers a range of high quality double and triple glazing compliant solutions that are very competitive in price. Within our glass rooflight range we offer the following:

Polycarbonate Rooflights

As a thermoplastic material, polycarbonate can be reformed, for example into a dome shape. Polycarbonate rooflights can be extruded into flat sheets for use in a single bar system as well as into a multiwall-structured sheet.

Polycarbonate rooflights offer excellent performance and boast greater rigidity. With exceptional strength polycarbonate rooflights also offer outstanding resistance when it comes to distributing loads evenly in roofing applications.

Direct Rooflights offer a range of high quality polycarbonate rooflights available in both dome and pyramid shape with a range of ventilation options. Within our polycarbonate rooflight range we offer the following:

Want to know more?

If you need help choosing the right rooflight for you, get in touch with Direct Rooflights. As we manufacture the rooflights directly, we are experts and will advise you accordingly.

Feel free to call us on 01670 821166 or email info@directrooflights.co.uk.

Our High Quality Rooflights Are Available at Unbeatable Prices, Why Go Anywhere Else?

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Whether you’re looking to invest into a standard polycarbonate rooflight to allow natural light to flood a room or a Duraglaze plus glass rooflight to add impressive architectural style, we manufacture and distribute an extensive range of the highest quality products at the lowest price possible.

With our rooflight prices ranging from as little as £63.25 to £2,744.79, we assist our customers every step of the way in choosing the right product to suit their individual needs, whether it be for a home or large scale commercial property. Below, we will walk you through the range of products we offer so you can be sure that you get the right rooflight for you, and at the right cost.

Our extremely robust polycarbonate rooflight ranges offer a smart, robust and reliable roofing solution, allowing natural light to flow through a room. Available in a range of colours including bronze, clear, diffused and opal in both dome and pyramid shape, they can be made to suit customer specifications.

Choose from:

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Available in sizes 460 x 460mm – 1520 x 2150mm pricing from £63.25 – £700 Ex. VAT

Polycarbonate Roolfight with uPVC Kerb
Available in sizes 600 x 600mm – 2000 x 2000mm pricing from £91.15 – £778.78 Ex. VAT

Polycarbonate Rooflight with Hinged uPVC Kerb
Available in sizes 600 x 600mm – 2000 x 2000mm pricing from £117.24 – £1,459.62 Ex. VAT

As for our Duraglaze range, the competitively priced glass rooflight achieves maximum daylight due to its minimalistic framework finish. Available in a range of glass options including clear, self-cleaning and solar controlled with different frame colour options, the units are not only extremely easy to install, they also require very little maintenance.

Choose from:

Duraglaze Glass Rooflight
Available in sizes 600 x 600mm – 1200 x 1200mm pricing from £132.25 – £417.45 Ex. VAT

Duraglaze P Glass Rooflight
Available in sizes 1250 x 1250mm – 2000 x 2000mm pricing from £634.14 – £2,744.79 Ex. VAT

Duraglaze T Glass Rooflight
Available in sizes 1000 x 2000mm – 1500 x 3000mm pricing from £995.19 – £2,726.78 Ex. VAT

Duraglaze Plus Glass Rooflight
Available in sizes 600 x 600mm – 1200 x 1200mm pricing from £107.53 – £1233,01 Ex. VAT

Rooflight prices vary immensely but at Direct Rooflights – with over 60 years’ experience in the trade and manufacturing all of our products inhouse – you can be rest assured that we provide rooflights at the lowest trade price possible without compromising on quality and standards.