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5 things to be aware of when choosing roof lanterns or skylights for your Bristol home

Are you planning any home improvements? Would you like to extend your home or revamp an existing extension? Do you want to bring more natural light into your home? If so, installing a roof lantern is an excellent option for you. At Associated Windows, we install high performing roof lanterns across Bristol and the surrounding areas. If you’re interested in roof lanterns for your home, here are five things for you to consider before you make your decision.

1. Is planning permission required?

The idea of obtaining planning permission can be off-putting for homeowners. It is often viewed as unnecessarily complex and inconvenient. You’ll be pleased to here, then, that in most cases a roof lantern installation won’t need planning permission. If the roof lantern is part of a new-build orangery there are certain rules which you must adhere to avoid planning permission:

  • The extension is built at ground level and its floor space is not more than 30m²
  • The original property and extension are separated by external quality doors
  • All internal electrics comply with current Building Regulations requirements
  • There is no veranda, balcony or raised platform
  • The extension is not more than half the length of the original property

When installing a roof lantern into an existing flat roof extension, to avoid planning permission it must not be more than 150mm higher than the existing roof and it must not exceed the height of the original property’s roof.

2. Which direction does the room face?

The direction of the room where you want to install the roof lantern will affect your choice of roof lantern. As a general guide, a north facing room will benefit from a larger glazed roof area while a south facing room will only need a smaller roof lantern as it is exposed to greater amounts of direct sunlight.

3. What are the benefits of a roof lantern?

Roof lanterns are an excellent addition to any home. They can help to:

  • Improve thermal performance helping to reduce energy bills
  • Increase natural light leading to a pleasanter living environment and increased well-being
  • Add value to your home
  • Create a feeling of more space

4. What size roof lantern do you need?

As mentioned above, the direction your room faces will influence the size of roof lantern you require. Otherwise, for large rooms, you can choose a slightly larger roof lantern without it seeming out of place whereas with smaller rooms it’s best to opt for a smaller roof lantern to match your room’s dimensions.

5. What material is best for your home?

At Associated Windows, we install roof lanterns in contemporary aluminium and durable uPVC. Aluminium roof lanterns are sleek and stylish and can be customised in almost any colour imaginable. uPVC roof lanterns are long lasting and cost-effective, and will suit most types of property. If you’re unsure which material is best suited to your home, we’ll be happy to offer you expert advice.

If you’d like more information about our high performing roof lanterns or any of our products and services call 0117 93 11 777 or contact us online.