If you have a room with a flat roof, you could remove it and add a conservatory to create a more pleasing space. Alternatively, you could opt to install a roof lantern into the existing roof. Roof lanterns were popular in Victorian times when orangeries became fashionable. The appearance of a roof lantern is similar to an orangery, but they are fitted to an existing roof as well as a new structure. traditional roof lantern with upstands fitted What is a roof lantern?  

A roof lantern is a really stylish alternative to a skylight and can be designed to fit any flat roof. In fact, a roof lantern looks like a traditional conservatory ceiling. They are typically made from wood (such as solid oak) and incorporate large glass panels to allow daylight to flood into the room from the sky above. This can help you to utilise ‘lost’ space in your home which is currently lacking in natural light. Roof lanterns can also be fitted to modernise a property or highlight a particular space within the home.

Roof lanterns can be fitted with motors so that they can open and close at the touch of a button.  These motors can have rain sensors fitted so they close automatically when it rains.  This can give a tired room a completely new lease of life, turning it into a well-ventilated summer house in warm weather and a cosy den at night.

Where might I install a roof lantern?  

A roof lantern works well in any room that would benefit from more light, particularly if you can’t add a conservatory or orangery to your property. If you have a dining or reception room with a flat roof, a roof lantern will help to brighten the area and give the illusion of space. An expert window manufacturer can help you to design a bespoke roof lantern for almost any area or shape of roof. The only consideration you need to make is the building style you already have.

It’s a good idea to work with your bespoke window manufacturer to design a perfect structure which makes the most of your space without dwarfing the existing structure or looking out of place. Of course, if your home is modern, there’s the option of designing a striking, unique shape and size to match the rest of the glazing.

Are roof lanterns prone to problems?  

As with any modern glazing, roof lanterns are more robust than they ever have been. The chance of any leaks or other issues is minute. The glass and sealing methods used in a roof lantern are of the same standard as that used in conservatories and orangeries: all the parts are fit-for-purpose and have been tried and tested in thousands of roof lanterns. Modern glazing and timber frames are hard wearing and offer superior insulation compared with old-fashioned conservatory glazing.

Will my roof lantern be easy to maintain?  

Yes! The maintenance routine for a roof lantern is similar to the maintenance you need for any timber windows. Materials such as oak always need to be treated every four years to keep the frames strong. You can do this yourself, but in the case of roof lanterns it’s sometimes safer and easier to employ someone to do this for you. You can visit our timber roof lantern page by clicking this link