Think you can’t have a skylight on a flat roof? Think again! It’s the perfect way to bring natural light into your loft conversion, dark hallways or extended living space and there are plenty of options to choose from.
One rooflight can bring in up to 40% more light than the alternative form of roof window, the dormer, and is substantially less expensive to install. There are several options for homes and businesses with flat roofs, ranging from domes, pyramids and arches to straightforward flat rooflights. All styles can have opening elements that are either hinged or slide open and closed.
Roof lanterns are a beautiful way to incorporate glass into your roof and bring the outside in. Similar to a small conservatory structure, the frames are usually constructed of timber or powdercoated steel, although metal-reinforced PVC is also available. Options include gable-ended and hipped-gable roof lanterns – these can include opening elements if required.
Why not make your entire roof a window to the outside world? A small flat roof can be made using double-glazed glass on either a metal framework or structural glass beams. The final look is striking and is a great addition to contemporary interior design.
Certain types of rooflight don’t require planning permission but it’s always worth checking before you build.