When it comes to letting more light into your home, the correct window choice is key. But while standard vertical windows have their place, and can certainly welcome plenty of natural light into a room, for maximum illumination, you might want to consider a roof lantern or skylight.
Each capable of flooding a space with morning and evening rays, roof lanterns and skylights are the most common types of glass roof systems used to brighten up new home extensions or previously dark rooms.
But what‘s the difference between the two, and is one type of roof light better for your home than the other?
To help you understand which option might be better suited for your space and ensure you can make the right decision when upgrading your property, we’ve broken down the key differences between roof lanterns and skylights, as well as the pros and cons of both.
Despite both being a form of roof light, skylights and roof lanterns bear some striking differences that make them better suited for certain property types.
To begin with, skylights are widely considered the simpler of the two. Fitted directly onto a roof so that they match its angle, they can be installed on flat and tilted surfaces without issues.
As a result, skylights are more commonly found in contemporary homes, making excellent roof features on top-floor flats and more modern home aesthetics, especially when your home conforms to a non-traditional layout.
Roof lanterns, on the other hand, quite literally stand higher than their skylight counterparts. Formed of multiple panels, lanterns are fitted at a raised angle above a flat roof, typically in a prism, pyramid, or rectangular shape for added height.
While roof lanterns can be used in modern homes, they’re also very well suited to more traditional properties. This is thanks in part to their popularity during the Edwardian period, being used to illuminate enclosed stairwells and as a key component in the orangeries that started to replace conservatories.
When it comes to choosing a roof lantern or a skylight, there are a number of different things you should look to consider to ensure that you’re investing in the right setup for your needs. Start by thinking about what you’re trying to achieve with your new lighting system – are you looking to make use of more natural light to save energy or do you want to be able to see the open sky at night?
Of course, you also can’t buy a glazed roof without considering the size and shape that you want your light centrepiece to be. But remember, bigger isn’t always better, and you shouldn’t neglect thinking about where you want your roof lights to go and what you want them to look like on the inside or out. Answering these questions will usually go a long way to determining what type of lighting system you’ll need, but knowing the pros and cons of both is also going to be a massive help.
If a focal point is what you’re after with your new roof lighting system, then chances are that a roof lantern is the right choice for you. Providing a prominent addition to your home, the pros and cons of roof lanterns are characterised by the following:
Of course, with these benefits also come a few downsides, the most important of which include:
Now that we’ve covered the pros and cons of roof lanterns, what about their skylight counterparts? Much like lanterns, this type of glass roofing system comes with several benefits:
Still, even with these prominent benefits, there are still a few drawbacks that come with choosing skylights:
With this information to hand you should now have a much better idea of which type of roof glazing is better suited for your home. But if you’re still unsure, then why not reach out to the experts at Express?
With decades of experience, our team is on hand to provide you with the advice you need to make the right decision for your home, and you can even visit one of our showrooms in person to see our full range of glass roof systems for yourself.