FAQs

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.