Skylights for flat roof options are becoming more and more popular with architects, designers and people who own and live in a variety of buildings and are seeking more light for their properties. This is because flat roof skylight can offer several clear benefits such as reducing mould or mildew that builds up. They are also linked with reducing energy bills and energy consumption, increasing the appeal and environment of interior settings, and even increasing vitamin D levels. In this article, we cover all the things you need to know about flat skylights and why you should have one installed in your residential or commercial property.
But before we discuss the benefits, it’s good to define and detail flat roof skylights. What exactly are they? Skylights are structures acting as (or covering) an opening in a roof or ceiling that can provide sunlight, and potentially extra ventilation, to a single room in a property. Depending on placement they can also provide natural light to lager areas of a property. The skylight can even be traced back to the Roman Empire.
The Pantheon in Rome, Italy, features one of the earliest examples of an un-glazed skylight. However, the industrial revolution changed the way in which skylights appeared. This was thanks to the changes in glass production that allowed glass to be mass produced. Today they are glazed with either glass or polycarbonates and can have a number of different tints included in the glazing and coatings to reduce the impact of UV rays within interiors. Many people turn to glass skylights for flat roofs because additional windows or doors are not effective or practical options in the situation where more sunlight is required.
Roof skylights for flat roofs can also come in many different forms. They can be fixed (not operable, but can be fitted with ridge vents), retractable (motorised for ventilation purposes), and even walk-able (can handle foot traffic). Which type of skylight you choose depends on the type of building, the purpose of the skylight and the main benefits you want to achieve.
There are several clear benefits that can come from having a flat roof glass skylight installed either in a residential or commercial property. The most obvious of which relate to lighting and heating. A skylight can dramatically transform the interior of a property by providing ‘free’ lighting thanks to the sun’s UV rays. This can also have the benefit of reducing heating costs thanks to the ‘free’ heat provided by these rays through a skylight window. For those looking to sell their property, it’s also important to note that skylights for flat roof options can add value to a property. They are seen positively be prospective buyers due to their association with the green movement. Skylights are also great space savers when compared to vertical windows. Studies have shown that flat skylights for flat roofs can reduce space used versus windows by 25%.
Skylights can also create the illusion of rooms or properties appearing larger than they are from the inside. This is due to the fact that they can provide approximately 30% more light than regular windows, and sunlight is known to be associated with making rooms appear more spacious. These are just a few of the benefits that can be provided by skylights. Lastly, there are clear health benefits. The increased natural sunlight brought about by skylights can act as a terrific mood enhancer for any occupants in a room. They also produced vitamin D which can protect us from any mood changes such as seasonal affective disorder. However, a lot of these benefits are dependent on receiving well-built, well-installed skylights – such as those available from Toughened Glass Systems.
When it comes to buying the best skylights for flat roof buildings, you need to get in touch with Toughened Glass Systems. Our team can manufacture high quality flat roof skylights that are made to measure. We offer different types of skylight options made from the likes of triple glazing, clear active self-cleaning glass, walk on glass, frosted glass and much more. If you’d like to contact our helpful sales team for a quote, you can enquire via our website, email us via [email protected] or you can call us on 020 3633 3224 today.