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Why Polycarbonate is Right for You

For energy efficient buildings it is required to use rooflights with high U-value. In this case our Polycarbonate products are the superior choice for your skylight material, here’s why:

Durability

Our polycarbonate roof lights are robust yet minimalistic, offering a smart solution that allows natural light to fill a room. This product is extremely resilient – being one of its main selling points – it is able to withstand impact and is virtually shatter-proof. Polycarbonate rooflights are also extremely long lasting when handled and maintained correctly. Despite this longevity, polycarbonate is also unique because, as long as it has a tint or filter applied, it does not discolour over time meaning the light clarity will last much longer.

Environment-friendly

Polycarbonate has the edge when it comes to other green issues: it takes less energy to produce than competing products and, unlike fibreglass/other glass alternatives, it is easily recyclable.

Insulation

Polycarbonate has very low thermal conductivity which makes it a good insulator. Whilst not as naturally thermal as glass, polycarbonate can be made to increase thermal performance. Plus, all of our roof lights meet Building Regulations in regard to fire-resistant properties, but polycarbonate is a naturally fire-resistant material, accepting a lot of heat exposure.

Our rooflights are extremely eco-friendly and will continue to support sustainable housing. So, when you’re next working on a renovation project consider how you can recycle your old windows and replace them with new modern eco-friendly ones here at Direct Rooflights.

Benefits of Purchasing Direct from the Manufacturer

In general, it’s a good choice to buy directly from a manufacturer. An important point to start with is that here at Direct Rooflights we are experts in our own products. We know and understand every detail and feature because our team see them through every stage of design and production, so we are in a prime position to provide the best advice to our customer’s wanting to make a purchase.

Here are a few other benefits one can enjoy when ordering products direct from our warehouse.

Lower Costs

Simply put, costs are inflated when distributors are part of the supply chain. These costs are associated with personnel, storage and transportation. Buying direct from us means the intermediary is not involved, completely eliminating the costs within this middle step.

Custom Design

One of the main benefits of buying your rooflight direct from the manufacturer is the ability to create your own custom-made dimensions. With our knowledgeable and skilled team, we are able to 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 is natural light or ventilation.  By offering our custom-made sizing options we can help you create a rooflight that best meets your interior needs.

Direct line of Communication

When you buy direct you have a specific point of contact that is accountable to you. This direct line of communication provides many advantages. First, with fewer individuals involved, it is safe to say there will be fewer miscommunications and confusion – additionally, there will be no other party to potentially misinterpret the information being relayed. Last, but not least, buying direct allows the manufacturer and customer to build a long-term relationship.

Reliable Lead Times

Once we have received your order, we can dispatch your rooflight from our warehouse within 48 hours – Monday to Friday – and we provide free delivery throughout Britain. Since all our products are developed directly from us in Northumberland, you can be assured that your rooflight will meet and often exceed British industry standards.

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.

Roof Lights – The New Design Statement in Your Home

Polycarbonate Pyramid Rooflight

As more of us find ourselves glued to home improvement, design and build and interior design shows – now more than ever – many of us are prepared to be more adventurous and really make a statement in the features we choose for our homes.

None more so than in the choice of features that bring light into our homes and create environments that energise, invigorate and stimulate our environments.

As we watch TV shows that utilize virtual reality to show homeowners just what can be achieved in their living space, many of us are becoming more confident in choosing styles and features that we might previously have never considered.

Whether this is a sophisticated shed construction that acts as an extension to your home and takes on the appearance of a garden room or whether this is a space dedicated to hobbies where crafting, creating and building are the focus, roof lights can truly bring these spaces to life; adding tranquility, enhancing light and productivity and giving you a space to feel relaxed and re-energised.

And with a range of rooflights to suit all budgets, design needs and even the most adventurous of interior design schemes, at Direct Rooflights we know we can help you chose the very best roof light to make that all important statement in your home.

And with our online services operating as normal – whilst making sure we keep everyone safe – there’s never been a better time to browse, buy and consult with our experienced team on the statement rooflight piece that could dramatically change your home.

With prices starting from as little as £63.25 for a polycarbonate model, you can be assured we have every option to suit whatever your style, budget and design statement requirements.

Enjoy this time in your home even more with Direct Rooflights.

For more information on adding a rooflight to your property, call us on 01679 821166 or email at info@directrooflights.co.uk.

Reinvest Your Holiday Budget and Bring Light into Your Home All Year Round

UPVC Frame Rooflight

As many of us come to terms with the fact that we’ll have to give our overseas summer holiday a miss this year, hundreds of homeowners are reinvesting their ‘sun’ money into home improvements that will last a lifetime.

Here at Direct Rooflights we’re seeing a number of homeowners taking bolder decisions on the type of home improvements that will make a significant and dramatic difference to their homes.

And with more and more of us choosing to use roof lights as a way of expressing our personalities in our home – be it a rooflight installed in the orangery or a feature roof light integrated into the heart of our home – now is the perfect time to reinvest that summer holiday budget into a permanent home improvement that will bring the light into your home all year round.

And with a range of prices and styles available to suit all budgets and design styles, our dedicated team is on hand to make sure your choice isn’t just for the summer, it’s for a lifetime.

And with our online services operating as normal – whilst making sure we keep everyone safe – there’s never been a better time to browse, buy and consult with our experienced team on the statement rooflight piece that could dramatically change your home.

With prices starting from as little as £63.25 for a polycarbonate model, you can be assured we have every option to suit whatever your style, budget and design statement requirements.

Enjoy this time in your home even more with Direct Rooflights.

For more information on adding a rooflight to your property, call us on 01679 821166 or email at info@directrooflights.co.uk.

What is the difference between a skylight, a rooflight and a roof window?

Rooflights

Due to manufacturers and suppliers referring to them differently, many people are under the impression that a skylight and a rooflight are two separate products, when they are in fact the same.

Whether you choose to call it a skylight or rooflight, it is ultimately designed to achieve one objective: increase the amount of natural light into a space – and to ventilate if it is a rooflight that opens.

However, a roof window is a completely different product entirely and there is a big difference when it comes to form and function – so before you decide, make sure you know which is which!

Roof windows fall under a British Standards regulation, which specifies that all roof windows must be fitted ‘in plane’ with the surrounding roof and to the same orientation. They must also be CE marked by manufacturers, meaning they need to provide a declaration of performance (DOP) to customers outlining unit performance under rigorous test conditions. Additionally, roof windows tend to be ‘off-the-shelf’ as opposed to bespoke rooflights, and are usually only available in standardised shapes, sizes and specifications.

If you’re looking to add an architectural showstopper to your home however, then our Pyramid and Trapezium rooflights are ideal. With their 3D design, they allow a substantial amount of natural light into a property, are designed to be installed in flat roofs and are the modern alternative to conventional conservatories.

Due to their design, our Pyramid and Trapezium rooflights add height to your room making it appear bigger and allow a considerable amount of natural light -from all different angles- to beam into the space below.

At Direct Rooflights, we have an array of products designed to meet any needs, requirements and budgets.

Contact us today on 01670 821166 to discuss any requirements.

The Perfect Spring Renovation with Direct Rooflights

With the winter months dragging and January (especially if ‘dry’) feeling like it is lasting forever, we are all dreaming of clear skies and longer days!

Spring also brings warmer weather – making renovation projects and rooflight installation so much easier. With spring being one of the most popular times for home renovations (ready for summer months) now is the time to start preparing and to establish which rooflight is the perfect addition to your home.

Rooflights add plenty of natural light into previously dark spaces and are proven to be more effective – and the quality of light is much higher – than that from vertical windows.

Eradicate claustrophobic rooms with winter shadows and create a brighter, more open and welcoming living space. And once winter does roll around again, you will certainly appreciate the additional light in your home as daylight becomes scarcer. From show-stopping Trapezium to our Glass Rooflights Plus, our wide range of rooflights will eliminate dull spaces and let the sunshine flood in.

Speak to Direct Rooflights today to see which rooflight is best for you and will make all the difference to your home.

Top 5 benefits of adding a rooflight to your home

1). Naturally better
The primary purpose and benefit of adding a rooflight to your home is of course to let more natural light into your home or business. Homes with more natural light – not artificial, fluorescent or yellow light – are healthier, more enjoyable and more attractive spaces to live and/or work in.

2). More light
Unlike traditional vertical windows, rooflights allow more light in throughout the day, and can be placed in tight spaces, and flat and pitched roofs. Light from the ceiling is more than three times brighter than light that enters through vertical windows*, so if you have a room that has potential to add a rooflight, it’s definitely worth doing!

3). Energy efficient
Surprisingly, rooflights are most beneficial during colder climates. As well as increasing natural light into your home they balance the heat within the room. They’ll decrease your need for artificial light thus reducing your lighting costs during the day and will significantly reduce your heating bills during colder months. To find out more on how rooflights are low cost and energy efficient CLICK HERE

4). Add value to your home
Rooflights automatically create a sense of modernism and luxury with minimum cost. By creating more natural light and ‘opening up’ the space, your home will appear bigger, lighter and more welcoming – perfect for eagerly awaiting buyers.

5). A better state of mind
Natural sunlight increases quality of life and comfort to your living environment. Exposure to natural light is proven to promote good mental health by nourishing your psyche and reduce anxiety and stress.

 

*Source: NARM Technical Document NTD12 2018

Has your rooflight got condensation? Don’t panic!

Now that we are well into the winter months, there’s nothing better than getting snug in your lovely warm home, however you may start noticing condensation on your windows. This is caused when there is moisture in the air indoors and there is a significant difference in temperature between outdoors and inside your home. Everyday activities such as cooking, doing laundry and showering adds to moisture inside your home.

Condensation on your rooflight happens because warm air holding moisture, will rise and then turns to water when it cools (comes into contact with the glass). If this happens, it’s worth checking it has been installed correctly. Direct Rooflights can guarantee no condensation because during installation, felt is added between the frame and opening so no moist air comes into contact with your walls or cladding.

The best way to prevent condensation in your home is to circulate the air and make sure it is properly ventilated. You can help do this by taking the following steps:

  • Open windows for an hour or so every day
  • Use thick curtains to keep warm air in
  • Use extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom
  • Install double glazing
  • Use a dehumidifier
  • Ensure moist air is vented properly from appliances such as washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Avoid hanging clothes to dry indoors.

Direct Rooflights construct all our rooflights to the highest standard and ensure all are insulated, preventing condensation.

For more information or advice on rooflights, contact us at info@directrooflights.co.uk

How Rooflights can save you energy and money!

Rooflights add a host of benefits to your home: they can be installed in tight spaces where traditional windows cannot, they come in a multitude of designs, rarely need planning permission, drench rooms with natural light and can be tailored to fit in to any home.

… And, did you know that rooflights can have a positive impact on your home, carbon footprint and reduce your energy bills?

Solar heat gain will reduce the need for as much artificial heating, and by installing high quality glass rooflights which retain the heat and still allow optimum natural light, perfect for during the winter months.

Many rooflights allow for ventilation and open outward, naturally releasing hot air that accumulates in your room. This allows fresh air into your home, which in turn is healthier than using energy consuming purifiers and air conditioning units.

Increasing your natural light means less need for conventional lighting dramatically reducing the amount of Co2 emissions your home produces and lowering your electricity bills.

The amount of daylight is dependent on building type, size and the positioning of the rooflight, but are efficient, nonetheless.

Speak to us today about how a rooflight can save you money!

Brighten up your home this winter with a Rooflight

As the clocks have gone back and darkness falls into our homes seemingly earlier than ever, it’s a fantastic opportunity to make the most of the natural light we do have.  Increasing daylight into your home brightens rooms and allows the space to open, therefore considered bigger and more welcoming. Time consuming renovations and extensions are simply not practical in the lead up to Christmas. So, this winter, if you’re looking for a more cost-effective way to make the most of natural daylight, look no further.

There is an easier way to create a light-filled home, add a rooflight!

Rooflights can effortlessly and swiftly be installed in both flat and pitched roofs, and usually require no planning permission. They allow vast amounts of light to flood into rooms throughout the day, more so than traditional vertical windows. ‘Top light’, is more than three times brighter than light that enters through vertical windows*, so if you have a room that has potential to add a rooflight, it’s definitely worth doing!

Rooflights work well in windowless rooms, and smaller designs still allow a lot of light, perfect for hallways where the natural light can drench the entire space below.

Rooflights are inexpensive and an effective answer to renovating your home, without the pains that come with traditional extensions and conservatories.

For more information on how a rooflight can improve your home, contact us today!

How to choose Rooflights

Skylights

Rooflights can provide the perfect solution for bringing more light into a space. Whether installed into a converted loft or into the roof of a new extension, a rooflight can offer up to 40 per cent more natural light.

There’s plenty to consider when choosing the right one for you and with so many options out there, where do you start? We suggest here, with our comprehensive guide…

Where should rooflights be located?

One of the first things to consider, in order to get the most amount of daylight into the property, is where you will need to locate the windows. Maybe you are installing roof windows in a kitchen extension and you want to ensure there is plenty of light flooding in in the mornings. In which case you would be best installing east-facing windows if possible. Whereas, for creating greater light in a living room later in the day you might look to install in a more west-facing direction.

What size rooflight should you consider?

Obviously the bigger the window the more light. But consider balancing the size of your rooflights with other practicalities and the overall feel of your space. It might be tempting to opt for huge skylights, but this may result in a room becoming too bright or too warm.

Also, something to think about is the style of your property and interiors. If you live in a modern home or prefer a more modern look, choosing larger areas of glazing may work best. If you live in a listed building, then it is advisable to keep to smaller sizes.

How much do rooflights cost?

The cost of your rooflights depends on many different factors as listed above: the style you choose, the size, whether it’s double or triple glazed and other properties of the glass such as noise control or temperature control. At the basic end, our polycarbonate rooflights cost as little as £63.25 but for something more bespoke solutions start at around £600.

For more information on our products, please call 01670 821166 or email us at info@directrooflights.co.uk.

Unique Ideas for Rooflights in Your Home

Looking for some inspiration when it comes to rooflights? As we’ve grown as a company, our vast experience in designing and manufacturing rooflights has improved immensely. As a result, we have risen to become experts in our field and a driving force in setting the benchmark for premium quality rooflights.

In today’s post, we have covered three unique ideas for rooflights in your home, take a look:

Do you work from home and struggle to concentrate? One study found that people who work predominantly in artificial light are more likely to feel tired towards the end of the day. One way to diminish this factor would be to add our glass rooflights into your home office. Not only to make the space feel bigger and look brighter, but to enable you to continue working for longer.

Another room to consider is your hallway lighting. Remember, you are setting the tone for the rest of your house. Our rooflights can easily transform an otherwise dark hallway into a bright, welcoming walkway.

The best wakeup call you can get is natural sunlight. A skylight above your bed gives you the option to use the sun as your alarm clock – giving you a gentler wake up that prepares your body to wake up. Alternatively, imagine lying in bed and seeing a sky full of stars on a clear night. As with your normal windows, our skylights also allow you to easily add any blinds or fittings so you can fully control the amount of light your room gets.

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.