Flat roof light or lantern
A ‘must read’ for anyone looking for large-span rooflights and big roof lanterns for home extensions.
Beware Of The Low-Cost Roof Lantern
If a potential buyer is looking at large-span all-glass rooflights, such as roof lanterns, the cost of these can be relatively cheap. The use of small panel sections, poor detailing, and mass production keeps the costs low. Additionally, low-grade thin 4mm glass is the normal ‘go-to’ clear glass thickness.
Smarter Rooflight Design By Ofset
The larger the glass panel becomes, the more natural light the flat roof lights allow in. It makes sense that the double-glazed glass sheet has to be substantially thicker to allow for minimal deflection, snow, and wind loads on flat roofs. So the glass on a large one-piece Blade rooflight is often 2-3 times thicker than that used on a cheaper flat Roof Lanterns type product. It is only logical that if the glass is 2-3 times the thickness, then by weight alone, the price of an extra-large one-piece flat roof skylight is 2-3 times the price depending on the final roof windows specification.
Additional manufacturing quality processes to make flat roof windows as reliable long-term as possible also incur a little extra cost. These additional processes include ‘heat soak testing’ and ‘structurally bonded’ silicone sealed units and polishing the clear toughened glass edges, providing a reliable ‘forever’ flat rooflight.
Thus, Blade extra-large flat roof lights are not a ‘supply only’ product as we only fit these items as it is a very specialist job allowing for structural silicone bonding, large mobile cranes, and super large glass suckers. These elements also impact on cost as cranes are not cheap!
The Devil Is In The Details
It will probably be a ‘once in a lifetime’ purchase, so we will work with you to get your detail just right. By paying the closest attention to every single detail of your bespoke jumbo-sized Blade roof light, we are confident we supply the most beautiful maximum light and substantial extra-large bespoke over-sized flat roof lights in the UK.
The roof covering lantern marketplace will stay robust as they are a relatively cheap way of having a large span glass area on home extensions, large roof lights over swimming pools, and big sky lights for new builds for light transmission, albeit we personally do not like the look of them. Anything that interrupts the view and the visuality of the sky through the visible glass, in our opinion, is a definite ‘no-no’. Less is definitely more in these cases.
Lanterns Boast Poor Eco Credentials
It takes a long time to heat a room with a roof lanterns as you have to heat all the ‘dead space’ in the roof lantern, so they are not an eco-friendly option. Also, on hot days, they will cause ‘overheating’ as roof lanterns ’stick up’, gathering excess heat and natural sunlight during sunny days as opposed to low-lying discreet, super large flat skylights such as the Blade floating frameless roof light. Also, roof lanterns, unfortunately, interrupt your view if in front of a bedroom or second-floor window to make matters worse which is visually unsuccessful with some roof lanterns being at a 40-degree slope. Pretty nasty-looking roof lantern.
Rooflights With Class
In truth, when you fit a roof lantern on flat roofs you are essentially creating a modern ‘orangery’. Very few architects specify roof lanterns as it’s an old hat design, and modern energy-efficient super large frameless low, lying one-piece rooflights are the way forward we strongly feel. Why compromise on the design if you can stretch your budget to a stunning, minimalist, natural light, oversized ‘one piece’ roof light or ‘multi sectional’ jumbo-sized Blade skylight?
You have to balance your decision with how important the style and contemporary design look are, of bespoke super cool large span frameless flat rooflights, against cheaper old school roof lanterns. Every time friends and family walk in and see this incredible minimalist design, their jaws will hit the floor! A roof lantern will look dated very quickly, whereas a giant one-piece frameless oversized rooflight glass can never date as there is literally nothing to look dated!! It is essentially an invisible roof!
But not everyone can afford an extra-large rooflight from Ofset, and the buying decision will sometimes sadly come down to price, which is obviously a shame from an end user’s perspective. We are experts and specialists in the design, manufacturing, craning and installation of super cool, super-sized, toughened low e glass rooflights and this whole experience should be a fun and joyous moment when the large glass rooflights are professionally and expertly craned and installed by the UK’s NO1 large rooflight specialists.
We are into not just the quality of our amazing products but also the ‘client experience’ and ‘journey’. An important element from our and your perspective. The whole process should be just AMAZING! And if ever there are any problems you want to deal with a company that cares about the client and its reputation…. we hope you will love dealing with Ofset.
Trust in Ofset and love your extra-large ‘one piece’ or multi-sectional Blade rooflights.