Roof Lanterns FAQ

Roof lanterns are elegant architectural features that bring natural light and a sense of openness into a space. They’re typically installed atop roofs to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of a building. When choosing a roof lantern, there are several factors to consider to ensure you make the right choice.

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1. What Should I Look for in a Roof Lantern?

Look for durable materials, high-quality glazing for insulation, proper ventilation, and a design that complements your home’s architecture. Consider energy efficiency and what the room is intended for. Roof Lanterns are often fitted in communal spaces such as kitchens and dining areas bathing these spaces in natural light, when choosing your roof lantern it’s important to consider the light levels in the room and how the added light will compliment the space.

2. Do You Need Vents in a Roof Lantern?

While not necessary, air vents can aid in controlling temperature and air circulation within the space. This can be particularly beneficial for homes that are prone to condensation allowing warm air to escape from the lantern.

3. Can You Add a Roof Lantern to an Existing Roof?

Yes, it’s possible to add a roof lantern to an existing roof. However, this will require careful planning and professional installation to ensure structural integrity. Your installation team will be able to advise you on the suitability before you receive your quote.

4. Do I Need Planning for a Roof Lantern?

Planning permission for a roof lantern is not generally required, as long as the following rules are followed:-

  • The roof lantern must not be any higher than 150mm from the existing roof plane.
  • The roof lantern must not be higher than the highest part of the house roof.
  • All side-facing windows must be glazed (obscure) and any opening windows/parts must be 1.7m above the floor.

Always consult a professional to check up-to-date building regulations and permissions.

5. Do Roof Lanterns Leak?

There is no reason a properly installed roof lantern would leak. -installed and high-quality roof lanterns are designed to be watertight.

6. Are Roof Lanterns Noisy When It’s Raining?

With quality insulation and glazing, roof lanterns shouldn’t produce excessive noise during rainfall, offering a peaceful and relaxing environment whatever the weather.

7. Do Roof Lanterns Make The House Cold?

On The Contrary, energy-efficient roof lanterns with proper insulation can help retain heat, contributing to a warmer indoor environment Their well-insulated design acts as a barrier against heat loss, ensuring that the warmth generated within your home is conserved. This not only creates a cozy atmosphere but also contributes to potentially reducing heating costs by minimising the need for continuous heating.

8. What’s the Difference Between a Roof Lantern and a Skylight?

Roof lanterns are raised structures with glass panels, while skylights are typically flush with the roof.

9. How Do You Clean Roof Lanterns?

Regular cleaning with mild detergent and water, along with proper maintenance of frames and seals. As roof lanterns are hard-to-reach areas you may wish to use a magnetic cleaning device which allows you to clean the outside of the glass from the inside of the home.

10. Do Roof Lanterns Add Value?

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Yes, roof lanterns often add significant value to a property. They contribute to the aesthetic appeal of a home, creating an elegant focal point that enhances its overall visual appeal. Additionally, roof lanterns bring in abundant natural light, creating a sense of spaciousness and brightness within interior spaces. This appeal and functionality can positively impact the property’s value, potentially making it more attractive to potential buyers or renters

Thinking About Installing A Roof Lantern?

For premium-quality roof lanterns that enhance your home’s aesthetics and functionality, consider exploring the range offered by Omega Windows, Doors, and Conservatories Ltd. Contact us today to transform your living space.

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