As well as choosing new windows for your home, there are some other glazing options you may like to consider which have a variety of benefits for your property. Two of the most popular choices are skylights and roof lanterns, with both enhancing the amount light coming into your rooms from above. It’s useful to know some of the differences so that you can select the best option for your home. Read More
Thinking about installing a roof lantern?
While some choose skylights for their simplicity, roof lanterns are popular for providing a sophisticated alternative which lets maximum natural light into your rooms while acting as an attractive feature of your property. Usually installed in existing flat roofs such as extensions, home offices and conservatories, they brighten spaces and provide a cosy, welcoming feel with beautiful aerial views of the sky above both in the day and at night. They can also increase the energy efficiency of your home, boasting functionality as well as classic architectural style.
However, some homeowners worry that they’re complex to install, providing unwanted disruption and stress. Such misconceptions can stop home improvements in their tracks.
Here’s our guide to how much hassle roof lantern installations really are. Read More
As the name suggests, roof lanterns help to flood the room below with natural light, in a similar way to skylights. However, while everyday skylights are a purely functional way to increase light, roof lanterns, with their attractive pitched structure, create an architectural feature that is beautiful as well as functional. But how can you tell if a roof lantern is the right fit for your property? These key points will help you decide. Read More
The front door is an integral feature of any period home, and a simple way to inject period charm into a modern property. If you live in an original period property, then it’s generally advisable to keep the main entrance as true as possible to the overall character of the house, by acknowledging the architectural style and original materials used in the rest of the property. If you live in a modern home, then you can create beautiful effects by combining traditional design with contemporary flare. It’s important to ensure that your doors and windows blend in with the rest of your home, and that they are strong, secure and efficient.
The majority of period front doors take influence from the basic timber-panelled structures of Georgian or Victorian homes. These classic designs can be easily and subtly tweaked to add a touch of personality to your property. If you’re looking to blend the traditional front door with a more contemporary feel, for example, then you could consider going for shades of grey and dusky blues, or adding a bespoke door knocker for a modern twist. It’s all about deciding which period style you like, and customising it to suit your own taste and needs. Read More
Converting your loft into a bedroom, office, lounge or even bathroom is a great way to make use of the space in your home, and utilise an area that would otherwise be used for storage. The unique sloping structure of many lofts, formed as part of a pitched roof, makes for a beautifully aesthetic, spacious and cosy room. As it’s usually quite separate from the rest of the house, the loft has lots of privacy, which is appealing to many homeowners.
Choosing the best windows is essential to making your loft conversion feel light, airy and welcoming. As an area of the house that doesn’t typically see any sunlight, your loft can be completely transformed through well-chosen windows, becoming a bright and comfortable space that is ideal for working, lounging or sleeping in. Read More
If you’re a property owner, you’ll no doubt want to ensure your building looks great and functions well. So when it comes to choosing your windows, you’ll need to carry out proper research into the features and benefits of each product. So today Merton Windows is putting the spotlight on roof lanterns in order to help you better understand how they’ll work for you.
What is a roof lantern?
Also referred to as a roof light or skylight, a roof lantern is an architectural element, and essentially a ceiling window, which provides natural light to the properties in which it’s installed. It is set in a roof or ceiling at the same angle. This means that rooms won’t need to border external walls in order to be illuminated by daylight.
Will a roof lantern work for your property?
If you’re looking for a way of gaining increased natural light in any given room, a roof lantern could be the right way to go. Unlike conventional windows, which are fitted vertically along outside walls, roof lanterns are installed horizontally on both flat and pitched roofs.
Roof lanterns are also a popular choice for extensions, due to the opportunity that presents itself to light interiors from above.
The benefits of installing a roof lantern
You can hope to:
- Introduce much more natural light into your property;
- Light your home or commercial premises in an environmentally friendly manner;
- Add a visually attractive element to your property (both internally and externally);
- Reduce your energy bills by limiting the need for lighting your rooms with electricity;
- Benefit from improved thermal efficiency;
- Complement your interior and exterior décor; and
- Take advantage of a number of important health benefits, e.g. minimising the chance of seasonal affective disorder.
Need a first-rate roof light company?
Merton Windows can be called on to both supply and install roof lanterns in your property. For more information about how we work or for a free consultation and quote, give us a ring on 020 8542 2233 or send us a message.