So, you want your house to have a roof lantern…

Good decision!

But in what style? And made of what material?

And where in your house is it going to go?

Above all:

What size roof lantern do I need?

Perhaps your property is one with plenty of space that would benefit from the traditional roof lantern construction. But perhaps due to the location and type of house you own the lantern needs to be uniquely designed, or made in a contemporary fashion.

Like most extended architecture there are a tonne of elements to think about and, these days, so little time to think about them.

Yet we haven’t even touched on the best way to support the roof, or what sizes the windows of the lantern should be, or whether it should be fitted with wiring for lights and air conditioning.

But with such an investment and sizeable improvement to your home you will want to be in possession of all the facts before signing any dotted line.

And by reading on, you will be:

 Because we’re going to show you that such an undertaking need not be as daunting as it seems, and that actually:

It’s easy!

A little guidance on dimensions, material and positioning won’t do you any harm at all. And today’s article explains these aspects in full, helping you to achieve perfect results, choose the right size of roof lantern, and minimize costs.

And that’s not all:

You’ll see how choosing the right materials, shape, location and fittings means you are left with a centrepiece of architecture, a talking point, a feature to be proud of and one that will raise the value of the house.

1. Why build a roof lantern at all?

Good question:

But not an especially hard one to answer in our experience.

 

The benefits of roof lanterns are many and far-reaching and we’re not even including their most basic, namely:

 

Lanterns fill rooms with three times more natural light than do windows.

 

Furthermore, adapting your property to include a roof lantern gives you a sense of pride and of achievement; after all, you’ve done something that will have a long-lasting impact on you, your family and the property’s value in years to come.

 

So, here are just a few benefits of a roof lantern:

 

  • Energy bills are cut down
  • More light in the room = health benefits
  • Visually appealing inside and out
  • A showpiece when people visit
  • Makes rooms look bigger

 

We think you’ll agree… it has to be a worthwhile undertaking!

 

 

 

 

 

2. What size of roof lantern do I need?

Such a decision is made by personal preference but so too is centred on the aesthetics and layout of the existing building.

 

Don’t forget:

 

Even a small roof lantern will let in a surprising amount of light.

 

The final decision probably comes down to space for most people.

 

Does your house have a flat roof? If it does, the dimensions of the installation will normally be taken from the external face of the supporting kerbs and the lantern will be fitted to overhang for weathering.

 

So, if you are interesting in having a roof lantern installed, the answer is simple:

 

You can! But we have to get the measurements just right.

 

Bearing in mind the countless variations in house styles around the UK we can confidently say there is a roof lantern for everyone: sized and costed to demand.

 

Although the bigger the roof lantern specifications, the more materials are used, the longer time it takes to build and the more money there is to pay.

 

But here’s the clincher:

 

No matter what roof lantern size or type of lantern you want or can afford, Prestige Roof Lanterns UK will guide you along the way and listen to what you want. We’ll even guide you on whether or not the measurements of the lantern you have chosen will have any impact on building regulations.

 

Investing in a roof lantern of any size will hand us the opportunity to update and refresh your home.

 

3. Where should it go?

Again this is a question that depends on two things:

 

Space and personal choice

 

Where can you fit it could be better termed: Into what room do you want the maximum amount of light to shine? But also, where would be a great location to show it off to visitors (or prospective house buyers)?

 

And of course, roof lantern size is determined by the answer to these questions. Find somewhere for it to go and we’ll tell you what size it should be.

 

Bear in mind that roof lanterns are generally designed to be constructed on an area of a building that sports a flat, rather than sloping, roof. It is possible though to add a roof lantern to a sloped roof fitted along the ridge of the slope.

 

Our passion is to deliver a well-designed, well-constructed roof lantern, but in order to do so we need from you some thoughts on its design; in that way, the results are the best imaginable for you and us.

 

  • Too small a lantern will look odd and unnecessary
  • Too large a lantern will look ostentatious

 

Think also about positioning the lantern over a particular feature. The light that streams through will then illuminate whatever is beneath, even if it’s the old kitchen island.

 

4. So let’s get started!

 

Not so fast…

 

There’s work to be done.

To install an architectural lantern in a roof usually involves deconstructing some rafters or joists. The cut ends of these will create the upstands for the lantern. Timber will then span the upstands and create a foundation for the new installation.

 

And for a short while, things are going to get messy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. What can a roof lantern made of?

It may come as a surprise to some that it is perfectly possible to save money even when you buy a roof lantern. You’ve just got to be savvy about the materials used, its size (as mentioned), and what sort of workmanship you expect.

 

We make each of our products in-house and we take immense pride in delivering goods and labour of the highest quality. We want the finished lantern to look great…

 

But we also want it to last.

 

And that’s achieved by using great products and highly skilled labour, regardless of budget.

 

One of the more expensive options for a roof lantern is to have it made from oak. But we have various other materials from which the frame can be fashioned. A wood such as Sapele looks like oak but is far more affordable, and its durability is guaranteed.

 

Roof lanterns are a wonderful addition to any type of property and can be made in styles new, old, traditional, slim line or contemporary. The choice is yours.

 

A roof lantern is an ideal way to bring sunlight flooding into a room.  It makes any home appealing. It’s also a real highlight in the home, whether viewed from the outside or inside. And even when the nights draw in does a roof lantern allow in more light than do conventional windows.

 

Lantern roof lights are also an excellent choice for extensions to houses in neighbourhoods with limited space, thanks to the ability to let light in from above.

 

Whether you are looking to put your house on the market later in the year…

 

Perhaps?

 

…or you would like to increase the aesthetics and liveability of your home…

 

Who wouldn’t?

 

…or you would simply like to update the old decoration: taking the time to improve your home with a roof lantern can make a huge difference to how you feel about the place.

 

So in terms of roof lantern size, here’s a quick recap on how to go about things:

 

  • Ask yourself: what size roof lantern do I need?
  • The size is your choice, but make sure it is in keeping with the dimensions of the space
  • Think about what room it will be built over to let in maximum amount of light
  • Try to keep within the style of the property as much as possible
  • To save cost, choose carefully from materials

 

Prestige Roof Lanterns UK understands that when someone wants a roof lantern they don’t necessarily want to be bothered with the planning, design and location. So, why not leave all of that to us?

 

We’ll come up with something, you approve it.

Simple!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. In what style can it be?

Again the answer to this boils down to personal preference. However, you will usually be advised to match a roof lantern with the style of your house and make sure its size fits with the dimensions of the room.

 

Trying to match a style of lantern to the aesthetic of your house may be time-consuming but getting size and style just right you will add value to your house.

 

The answer is simple:

 

Ask the experts at Prestige Roof Lanterns UK for advice

 

We can provide guidance on how best to design a roof lantern sized to a contemporary or historic theme without the pound signs being slapped on to every panel.

 

At Roof Lanterns UK, we have years of experience creating stunning designs that are stylish, pleasing to the eye and built to immerse your living space in light. Getting things just right will provide your home with a new lease of life.

 

A roof lantern will make it brighter, bigger and far more desirable.

 

7. What extras do I need to consider?

There are some things to take into account before you give the go-ahead for the build. Unlike a skylight a roof lantern functions separately from the roof and any wiring, plumbing or air conditioning that the roof contains may need to be rerouted, or incorporated.

 

Whether you are looking for a roof lantern in a kitchen extension, conservatory or even a home office, there are one or two things to think about in terms of its functionality:

 

  • Weatherproofing: The outside edges of any lantern will require to be weatherproofed. Most weatherproofing includes lead flashing or some other customised protection.

 

  • Ventilation: Whichever room the lantern is going to be built over will need to be well ventilated.

 

  • Wiring and plumbing: It’s always best to ask Prestige Roof Lanterns UK about whether or not air conditioning should be installed and what wiring you may want to have incorporated in the design.

 

Such items are a personal choice but worth considering during the planning stage of the installation.

 

We provide detailed drawings of our plans and design for every roof lantern. It is from this that the builder will work, and therefore we’ll work with you to get this just right. The planning stage is arguably the most important.

 

But:

 

Lantern roof light construction is an easy process when you have help.

What happens next?

Roof lanterns are a wonderful addition to any type of property and can be made in styles new, old, traditional, slim line or contemporary. The choice is yours.

 

A roof lantern is an ideal way to bring sunlight flooding into a room.  It makes any home appealing. It’s also a real highlight in the home, whether viewed from the outside or inside. And even when the nights draw in does a roof lantern allow in more light than do conventional windows.

 

Lantern roof lights are also an excellent choice for extensions to houses in neighbourhoods with limited space, thanks to the ability to let light in from above.

 

Whether you are looking to put your house on the market later in the year…

 

Perhaps?

 

…or you would like to increase the aesthetics and liveability of your home…

 

Who wouldn’t?

 

…or you would simply like to update the old decoration: taking the time to improve your home with a roof lantern can make a huge difference to how you feel about the place.