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.

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.

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.