Roof Lantern vs Skylight: Which Should You Choose?


The roof lantern, or the skylight? Which should you choose? First, let’s explore the differences, and then we’ll go into which one might be the best one for you and your property.

The Difference Between a Lantern and Skylight

An architectural feature prominent on cathedrals in the middle ages, the roof lantern is a daylighting element. It allows natural sunlight to light the interiors of homes, either to save on energy use or to maximise comfort indoors. When it sits atop a cathedral or a church, the structure does resemble a lantern. When the Victorian era invented sheet metal shops, the lantern became particularly popular as a means of illuminating enclosed stairwells. At this time, they resembled the more traditional roof lanterns and conservatory constructions that you might find today.

Of course, you can now find more modern styles, like the ones we have at Express. Simple and without adornment, Express has a number of sizes and styles that will complement the rest of the glazing in your home.

The main difference between the two is that a roof lantern sits above a roof, as opposed to a skylight which is fitted into the construction of a roof. However, the terms are used interchangeably to describe roof glazing systems.

Choosing the Best One for your Home

There are a number of different things you must consider before buying a skylight to ensure that you get the right one for your needs.

What are you trying to achieve with your skylight? Skylights are useful for a variety of things, including:

  • To make use of natural light instead of using energy and wasting money
  • To make an area look more spacious
  • To make the most of a view, such as stargazing at night!
  • To make a room look more contemporary

Where do you want your skylight to go? What do you want it to look like on the inside or the outside? These questions will usually determine what type of skylight you’ll need. For instance, if your roof is pitched, then you won’t be able to have a lantern-style skylight. If you want something more decorative, then a lantern is both functional and attractive at the same time, providing it suits your roof shape.

Of course, you can’t buy a skylight without considering the size and the shape that you want your skylight to be. If your primary concern is light, as most would be, then the larger the better.

For more information or help deciding which skylight might be the best for you, then get in touch with us today.

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