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DIY tips for Easter with Direct Rooflights

Easter weekend marks the start for many homeowners digging out their toolboxes and rolling up their sleeves to tackle long overdue jobs. Typically, this can involve a lot of work which can be stressful. However, the trick to an easy fix is knowing exactly what you want.

To help you, we have put together a few ideas to guide you through your renovations:

Add a Rooflight

A rooflight is an easy and cost-effective way to add some natural light into a room and provide a modern update. The rooflight can act as a focal feature, especially if you like a minimalistic look, due to the amount of light coming from it. A loft conversion will also benefit greatly from a skylight as they give the illusion of space to an otherwise small area.

Lighten up your colour palette

Light colours and whites reflect natural light better than darker colours. So, a good tip is to paint walls in cool tones to maximise natural light and bring some of the sunshine and energy of the new season into your home. Use colours such as blue – greys, whites and yellow and coordinate your furniture to suit.

Make the most of a small space

Exploit the often-under-utilized space between the tops of furniture and a room’s ceiling with hanging or high- mounted elements. Take bookcases or cabinets all the way up the wall – it’ll make the room feel higher. Pair with mirrors throughout the space to make it feel larger, lighter and airier.

We hope you found these tips helpful and we hope you enjoy your spring DIY!

Building Regulations for Rooflights

Building regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to virtually every building. The regulations are developed by the UK government and are set to ensure the safety and health for people in or about those buildings.

Meeting the requirements of the building regulations is the responsibility of the person carrying out the building work and the owner of the building.

We ensure that each and every one of our products are extremely good quality – meeting all regulations – as well as being at a reasonable price. With the 60 years’ experience in manufacturing, we train all our employees to the highest standards to produce top quality products.

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.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us either by telephone on 01670 821166 or email at info@directrooflights.co.uk.

Brighten Up Any Space with Our Flat Rooflights

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If you have a flat roof either in 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 rooflight installed and enjoy one of the earth’s natural resources – the sun.

Flat rooflights are a great feature to have in any room. Aesthetically, the design of the frame makes it barely visible from the inside of your building yet the maximum amount of light to come through still passes. Other than the aesthetics, studies have shown that people thrive better both mentally and physically as a result of increased exposure to natural light.

With our range of flat rooflights you can reduce your reliance of artificial lighting through the summer months. And the lessened dependency on artificial lighting can help reduce the use of electricity by as much as 10%, saving you money on your bills.

Through regularly opening your rooflight, which is very easy to do providing you follow the instructions that accompany all Direct Rooflights products, you can allow built up warm air to be naturally released, thus increasing the ventilation and cutting out the production of harmful organisms.

A full range of high-performance glass options are available in either double or triple glazing with various tints that can reduce solar gain and glare. If you would like to discuss more about your flat rooflight options, please call 01670 821166 or send us an email at info@directrooflights.co.uk.

Our Quality Assured Rooflights

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For over 60 years, Direct Rooflights has built a strong reputation in manufacturing rooflights to the very highest standards and we have been supplying these to companies and individuals across the country. As a result, our quality rooflights available at trade prices, position us as one of the leaders in our field.

 

POLYCARBONATE-PYRAMIDIn this time of rising energy costs, with even the most generous of budgets feeling the effects of increased charges for gas and electricity, rooflights offer great value in helping reduce this expenditure. By their very nature rooflights allow for considerably more natural light to enter your home, reducing the need for a reliance on artificial lighting.

Rooflights can also provide assistance in making a home more energy efficient. Other than the beneficial extra lighting it lets in, substantially more natural heating is allowed to be transmitted into your house too.

 

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Rooflights can enhance the efficiency and ability of your home to retain heat. A natural concern would be that this comes at the cost of increased exposure to the dangers of the sun. We address this by ensuring that the high quality rooflights we provide feature UV protective coatings, which works to keep the harmful elements out.

The aesthetic appearance benefits of rooflights are complemented by the other, numerous qualities that they bring to your home and lifestyle. To ensure that you gain all possible benefits, it is important to use only the best and most trusted roof lights available.

 

If you require any additional information on our rooflights, then don’t delay in giving us a call or dropping our team an email. Our phone number is 01670 821166 and email address is info@directrooflights.co.uk. Follow the link to view our full range of rooflights.

Our Glass Rooflight Range

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Our professional glass rooflights fulfil a wide array of purposes, from providing ventilation for smoke to providing extra security for your premises. Within our Duraglaze glass rooflight range, we offer the following:

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Our Duraglaze glass rooflights are fixed with a minimalistic framework design whereby maximum daylight exposure can be achieved.

Duraglaze P Glass Rooflight

Offered in a range of high-quality glass options such as self-cleaning and solar controlled, the Duraglaze glass rooflight boasts a superb part ‘L’ compliant roof glazing solution at a very competitive cost.

Duraglaze T Glass Rooflight

Designed to be installed into flat roof applications. The glazing is secured by way of bonding the glass to the framework and finishes with a perimeter silicone seal to the external glass and frame edges.

Duraglaze Plus Glass Rooflight

Our Duraglaze Plus Glass Rooflight is available as fixed, vented or hinged units. You can choose between manually or electrically operated openings. The Duraglaze Plus range comes with a kerb.

If you’re looking for a glass rooflight, then look no further. To find out more, call us today on 01670 821166 or e-mail us at info@directrooflights.co.uk.

How to Order Rooflights with Direct Rooflights

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At Direct Rooflights, we pride ourselves on our ability to dispatch and deliver the highest quality rooflights within an impressive 48 hours. We have also made the process of ordering your rooflights easier with our short 3-step guide:

Step 1

Place your order online directly from our website. Simply select your preferred rooflight from our bespoke range of products and add to your basket. Once you’ve finished browsing our website and are satisfied with your product choice, click to review and place your order.

Step 2

Once we have received your order, we will dispatch your rooflight from our Northumberland warehouse within 48 hours – Monday to Friday.

Step 3

We provide free delivery throughout Britain. We offer our rooflights nationwide and due to being a local business we have built up a strong reputation and trust with our customers throughout the North East and further afield.

We work with the best couriers meaning your delivery gets to you as soon as possible and in excellent condition.

Order rooflights today with Direct Rooflights – where all of our products are manufactured in-house – and you can be assured your rooflight will meet and in many cases, exceed industry standards.

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.

Why Choose Polycarbonate Rooflights?

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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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We offer bespoke rooflights because we understand that no two buildings are the same and each one has its own individual requirements.

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The size of your rooflight is an important factor as it can drastically affect the overall look of a room. Our standard sizes are designed suitable for the majority, but certain rooms will need something different in order to achieve the desired look. Size also determines how much light will be let into your room, therefore this should also be taken into consideration when making your decision.

By providing bespoke rooflights, we can tailor our products so that they meet your specific needs. As well as allowing you to choose your size, we also offer various shapes and finishes such as glass or shatterproof, robust Perspex (polycarbonate) to provide an 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 our bespoke 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.

If you would like to order 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.

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 rooflight 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?

Rooflights or 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 rooflights?

Rooflights 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 combated 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 or rooflights 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.

Let Some Natural Light Into Your Home With Duraglaze

Duraglaze Plus Glass Rooflight

 

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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