How to choose the right type of glass roof


Glass roof installations have become increasingly popular for a number of reasons: not least, because of the amount of natural light they let into your home. But deciding on the right type of glass roof can be tricky.

Fortunately, at Express, we’re the window experts, so we’ve compiled a no-frills guide to choosing a glass roof design. In this article, we’ll explain the types of roof window you can buy, and the essential considerations to make before your next project.

Types of glass roof to choose from

A glass roof renovation is popular among homeowners hoping to let in more natural light and add value to a property. But which type of glass roof should you choose?

For a contemporary centrepiece, you might want to consider a raised roof lantern or pyramid glass roof, each of which are designed to flood your home with natural light and capture the rays on even the murkiest days. Alternatively, you may decide on a classic skylight, which offers a traditional single-pane finish at an affordable rate. The final option available to you is a lean-to roof, which is a glass extension that’s designed to open up your home and elevate its appearance.

Of course, if you want more details on these glazing options, why not download our free brochure to see each product’s direct specifications?

What to consider when choosing a glass roof design

Each glass roof option comes with its own list of benefits, so it’s important to know what they all offer. To help you out, we’ve outlined the five most important considerations to make before investing in your next home improvement project.

1. Choose your preferred style

Perhaps the most important thing to consider when choosing between different types of glass roof is the style, and how it complements your home. Do you want a flat glass installation or an elevated statement piece? While there’s no doubt that you’ll enjoy a luxury finish either way, it’s important to think about how the design affects your room and wider aesthetic.

Fortunately, to give you a helping hand, we’ve delved into the pros and cons of each glass roof design, in our article comparing the benefits of roof lanterns vs skylights.

2. Determine the size of your glass roof

The size and prominence of your installation should also play into your decision, when choosing a glass roof design. There are a couple of approaches you can take. You can either:

  • Introduce a window within your current space
  • Extend your space and add a stylish glass roof

If you want to open up your current space without extending, consider a pyramid skylight or compare flat roof extension ideas. We’ll develop a bespoke design based on your preferences, to complement a modern aesthetic and flood your room with natural light.

On the other hand, if you’re hoping to extend, it’s likely you’re looking for a lean-to roof. Of course, before committing to a significant installation, though, make sure to consult a professional who will be able to confirm the structural requirements.

3. Consider the number of window panes

Another important consideration to make is the number of panes you want, especially if you’re hoping to let more light into your home. If you’re looking for a sleek and seamless one-pane finish, a skylight sounds like your perfect installation. A classic addition to any home, a rooflight doesn’t come with any connecting bars, and blends in flawlessly with the rest of your ceiling.

Meanwhile, a pitched pyramid or roof lantern is a little more complex, requiring a supporting frame. If you’re interested in learning more about this type of window, explore our roof lanterns buying guide.

Fortunately, in any case, at Express, we boast slim sightlines and nearly-invisible frames, so you can enjoy more of the view, no matter the style you choose.

What is your budget?

Of course, it’s impossible to overlook cost and budget when weighing up any home improvement project. In truth, there’s no single answer to the question ‘how much does a glass roof extension cost?’, as each installation is bespoke. If you’re interested in learning more about pricing, either request a free brochure online or get in touch with our friendly team and we’ll be happy to discuss your options.

Another way to view the situation is determining whether a home improvement project will add value to your home. Unsurprisingly, in the vast majority of cases, an aesthetic enhancement will increase the appeal of your property, which can in turn make it easier to sell when the time eventually comes.

Cleaning your glass roof

Before any installation, it’s important to think about how you’re going to clean your rooflight inside and out (and how to clean a conservatory roof, too, for that matter!). Fortunately, at Express, this isn’t something you’ll have to worry about, as self-cleaning glass is offered as standard with all of our roof products. That means you’ll enjoy effortless maintenance, whether you opt for a single skylight or full lean-to extension.

If you’re considering upgrading your home, don’t hesitate to contact our team for glass roof extension ideas and advice. And for even more expert insight from our team, check out our blog.

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