Bringing more daylight into a space is often the goal of both homeowners and commercial designers. Making a space, light bright and full of life makes it a space that you want to stay in and enjoy. For this reason, glass and glazing products have never been so popular, from large glass bi-fold doors to rooflights, roof lanterns and walk-on glass the benefits of having the light streaming in is obvious.
What is less obvious is the different options that you can have with your glazing choices. From bespoke manufactured pieces to standard sized Flatglass, making this work in your space is incredibly important and now thanks to the experienced and innovative team at Roofglaze it also has never been so easy. There are a range of features than you could consider when choosing the right glass rooflight for your project, including glass with security features, easy-clean glass, walk-on glass and opening rooflights for natural ventilation or roof access.
Flatglass Rooflights – Lighter
Not only do Flatglass rooflights look stunning and sophisticated in any room they also offer a brighter alternative to standard rooflights. Flatglass rooflights offer more areas for the light to penetrate and so make the room lighter as a result. They also have the pleasing effect of making a room look larger as they make the roof seem higher and more spacious along with being filled with natural light.
Extra Security – Safer
For some installations you want to have the peace of mind that it has been tested against intruder entry and we have a range of glass called Fixed Flatglass Protect+ that can give you that peace of mind. This specially designed rooflight solution uses a stronger laminated inner glass pane along with upgraded fixings to maximise its security features. It has been awarded the Certisecure Accreditation and qualifies for the Secured by Design compliance mark, it has also had extensive testing by Exova, a leading independent test house.
Walk-on Flatglass – Stronger
For terraces, internal floors, basements or a range of other scenarios we can offer Walk-on Flatglass as a solution. A unique feature in any room and one which can bring the daylight in or offer a showcase to another floor in a home while also being able to walk on it gives real flexibility when you are designing a unique space.
Easy Clean – Solutions
By their nature roof lights, skylights and roof lanterns can be in hard to reach areas making them difficult to include in a regular cleaning routine. Fortunately, there is a product that can be bonded to the glass that reduces the need for cleaning as it resists the dirt in the first place. Ritec ClearShield is a chemical treatment that can be added to any Roofglaze Flatglass rooflight to keep it looking new and sparkling for longer.
Wherever you want to bring light into a living space, Roofglaze has the range of products to fulfil your project needs, and if the right Flatglass rooflight is not available in our online store we can always manufacture a bespoke rooflight to your specifications.
Rooflights are a great way to get extra light into your home or a commercial premise. Not only do they look fantastic, they also have some key benefits when it comes to sustainability, lowering your carbon emissions while saving you money at the same time.
Why your carbon footprint matters
We all know that climate change is a major issue. While governments and large corporations often have the onus put on them to cut emissions, and that is important, it is also a collective responsibility we all share. If you are a homeowner and want to do your bit, taking a closer look at your personal carbon footprint is important.
That carbon footprint is basically defined as the CO2 waste we each put into the atmosphere as individuals. The energy we use has a big impact on our footprint. It’s thought that the average person in the UK has a carbon footprint of around 15 tonnes of CO2. If we are to reverse global warming, the research suggests that we will all need to reduce this by about 80%.
While looking at your windows and installations like rooflights to reduce carbon emissions might seem quite insignificant, the truth is that with global warming every little helps.
Skylights can save you money and lower your carbon footprint
There are several ways that rooflights can help reduce your carbon emissions.
The first is by providing natural light. If you have an area of your home that is prone to get dark, especially in winter, you are more likely to switch on artificial lights. Installing a rooflight reduces the need for this and contributes to lowering your electricity bill and your emissions at the same time.
Rooflights also deliver what is called passive heating and cooling. In the winter, the high thermal efficiency of the glass means you can keep more heat in your home. In the summer, when you think it is likely to be too warm, rooflights can act to cool your room.
That means in the winter you don’t need to have the heating so high and, in the summer, you don’t need to have the air conditioning on. Both things help reduce your fuel consumption level and thus cut carbon emissions. Rooflights can also come with their own inbuilt ventilators that can further help cool down the area where they are installed.
The added health benefits of rooflights
It’s not just the impact on carbon emissions that make rooflights such a good choice. Natural light is much better for us than artificial light. The more you have of it, the better your sense of wellbeing. You often find yourself sleeping better and you could have much lower stress levels.
All in all, rooflights can have a really positive impact on your home. They help to reduce the amount of electricity you use, make you feel happier and provide you with a space that is both aesthetically pleasing and easy to maintain.
If you’d like to find out what difference a rooflight installation can have on your home, contact us today to find out more.
Walk-on Flatglass rooflights are becoming increasingly popular for both residential and commercial properties. They are an effective and easy way to introduce light into more secluded areas of your home or business, including basement and cellar locations.
Not only do they provide a great source of natural light they are also secure enough to walk on.
What is a Walk-on Flatglass rooflight?
These are essentially flat panes of glass that are designed to fit flush with the surrounding area and can be installed both internally and externally. One of the key features here is safety as the rooflight needs to be able to take the weight of a person walking upon it.
Your Flatglass installer will calculate the exact load bearing that is needed for the traffic you are likely to encounter. A rooflight that is installed above the cellar of your home and is surrounded by a guardrail, for example, will have less footfall than one that is installed in a roof garden in a commercial premises.
Flatglass rooflights can be built to fit any space with the installation tailored specifically to your needs. If you do have plenty of people coming and going, you can add slip resistance to your rooflight installation. This ensures that your home or business complies with all the current building regulations and keeps everyone safe at the same time.
The best places for your Skylights
Rooflights can be installed wherever there is a building space below. If you have an extension built with a terrace and want to create more light from above, installing a rooflight is an ideal solution. Perhaps you’re a business such as a bar or restaurant and want a quirky feature to entice customers through the door. Maybe you have a cutting-edge office and want to open it up more and create a really vibrant atmosphere.
Flatglass rooflights can be fitted almost anywhere but the most popular for homeowners is on terrace areas where the installation is normally paired with high-quality decking. Properties that have cellars generally have some form of glass surface up on the street and it’s becoming increasingly popular to replace older versions of these with Walk-on Flatglass rooflights. This works particularly well if you want to increase the amount of light in a basement area.
Internal applications of Flatglass installations for commercial properties can have a number of advantages, not least in improving the light flow and brightening up work areas. Not only does this type of installation give staff access to natural light, it can also reduce the amount you pay for utility bills on your premises because you require less artificial light.
Installing Flatglass rooflights
Our Flatglass rooflights are very safe and they more than comply with the latest British Standards. Size and shape can be tailored to specific areas, whether you are a homeowner or want to change the look and feel of your commercial property. Fitting flush with the floor, they allow people to come and go while increasing the light and atmosphere of any living area or workspace.
The Roofglaze team can advise and supply on any of your Flatglass requirements so get in touch today about your project.
Roof windows are a special type of window that is used for the roof of a property rather than for the walls. The idea of roof windows isn’t a new one but developments in materials and technology have meant that these windows are now much more advanced and cleverer than ever before.
This also means that light is no longer a limiting factor when it comes to designing spaces in homes or businesses. Rooflights, roof windows, skylights and other light wells are now considered in equal terms to other windows and doors when interior spaces are being designed. Architects and engineers are now including the ceiling as standard as another option to bring light into a building and often making a feature of this light option in high spec homes and commercial spaces.
Windows are something that feature in most of our rooms and that we don’t always think that much about. They are a feature of the house, a way to let light and air into the room and to make it bright, airy and comfortable.
When you have a room without windows, such as a converted loft or bedroom with a pitched roof, it may seem you have to miss out, but you can bring the outside inside with the installation of amazing roof windows. (more…)
With the changes in lifestyle and the cost of buying a new home outweighing the cost of renovating or extending a property, it’s not surprising that the “don’t move, improve” philosophy continues to strengthen.
Houzz’s survey shows that the renovation priorities for homeowners are to improve the design, functionality and energy efficiency of their home and ultimately increase the resale value of the property. According to Houzz, more than a quarter of homeowners significantly increase the size of their kitchens during renovations.
The Heart of the Home
With homeowners placing the kitchen and dining room as the heart of family living, multi-functional open living spaces are a must-have for new builds and renovation projects.
Modern homeowners are now looking for large, bright and airy cooking areas, where the family can interact and spend quality time together.
In accordance to Houzz’s Kitchen Trends report, in 2018 27% of homeowners spend between £10,000 and £25,000 on kitchen renovations. The study shows that the average kitchen renovation spend is £10,300.
If you’re considering a kitchen extension, you’ll need to request planning permission and think about how your spaces will flow. Create distinct areas for cooking, dining and socialising and use a central island to divide the room.
A kitchen extension will increase the overall square footage of your home and, ultimately, the value of your home.
Let the Light In
When extending a house to the rear, there is the danger of the extended area becoming dark and gloomy as it is isolated from the outside.
Rooflights can provide the perfect solution for bringing more light into a room as they provide up to three times more natural light than standard windows.
Rooflights not only dramatically increase the amount of a daylight in a space but they can also become the centrepiece of your kitchen, especially if installed above a dining table or kitchen island, creating a more dramatic effect.
What type of rooflight should I choose?
There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing a rooflight. Selecting the right size, shape, glass and rooflight type is a crucial step to maximising the light, space and energy efficiency in your kitchen.
If you are looking for a modern look and feel, Flatglass rooflights are the perfect solution. With fixed, opening, single or multi-section options available, a Flatglass rooflight with a contemporary, minimal framework design will enhance your kitchen space and increase the energy efficiency of your property.
Fixed Flatglass rooflights are an attractive and cost-effective option. With a sleek and modern design, you can enjoy sky views all year round.
Hinged or Sliding Flatglass rooflights are the best solution to increase not only daylight but also natural ventilation into kitchens. Installed above the cooking or dining area, ventilation rooflights can be opened at the touch of a button and will allow in fresh air, removing any unpleasant smells from your kitchen space.
If you prefer a more traditional, classic design or are restricted by the listed status of your property, a lantern-style rooflight will complement your period property perfectly, adding height and visual drama to the interiors.
Roofglaze offers quality, stock Flatglass and elegant Lantern rooflights at competitive prices, with a diverse range of sizes to suit your roof space. If you are looking for something unique, our design team will be able to offer you a bespoke solution, tailored to your vision and needs.
Consider balancing the size of your rooflight with the look and feel of your kitchen. Large rooflights are more appropriate for larger spaces and are vital for letting in daylight towards the centre of the room. If space is limited or if you live in a period property, consider installing smaller rooflights, that will complement the space and allow in the right amount of light and sunshine, without overheating the room.
With different types of glazing available, you can select either double or triple glazed options for improved thermal performance, glass with solar control that absorbs the heat and reduces the need for air conditioning, and even and “easy-clean” Ritec ClearShield coating for ease of maintenance.
When installing rooflights over cooking or dining areas, the type of glass selected is of the utmost importance. When choosing the type of glass for a rooflight, NARM recommends that the inner pane should always be laminated glass, unless a stringent risk assessment has been undertaken which shows that use of a toughened glass inner pane does not give any additional risk to those below rooflights.
Roofglaze offer a thicker, safer Flatglass specification of 8mm HST outer and an 8.8mm inner laminated glass, for additional peace of mind.
Create your dream kitchen
When you are planning your new kitchen extension project, consider your lifestyle needs and tailor your vision accordingly. Seeking the advice of professionals, such as architects or kitchen designers might be useful, as they can offer practical solutions and help you to stay within your budget.
Roofglaze’s friendly Specification Team will be able to help you find the best rooflight solution for your kitchen extension.
Whether in urban cities or rural areas, outdoor space is a must-have feature for modern homebuyers.
For areas where space is at premium, creating access to roof terraces in existing and new builds can not only answer homeowners and developers space issues but can also increase the value of the property. Flatglass access rooflights can be specified to allow direct, easy access to rooftop terraces.
Creating outdoor space to increase property value
Roof terraces are the embodiment of modern living and are becoming a much sought-after feature in London, New York and major cities across Europe.
According to London Estate Agents Marsh & Parsons, direct access to a roof terrace adds an average of 12% to the value of a property, rising to as much as 25% in desirable areas such as Chelsea.
Research shows that homebuyers are willing to pay 7% to 10% more for properties with roof terraces, gardens or balconies and that these properties sell faster are more appealing than properties with no access to outdoor space. Developments and properties with roof terraces are in demand, as they are easier to maintain than gardens and offer incredible skyline views.
A space to relax and entertain
Adding a roof terrace to a property not only unlocks key usable space but it also offers homeowners an escape to the stress of urban cities, a space to relax, unwind and entertain, whilst enjoying breathtaking views and a healthier lifestyle.
Rooftops have become popular social spaces, with new development buildings offering communal roof decks with barbecues and fire pits; a perfect space to hangout and entertain.
Roof terrace access using Flatglass Skyway rooflights
This attractive, electrically-operated, contemporary Flatglass access rooflight is the ideal choice for homeowners, architects, builders and property developers as an access solution for rooftops with restricted space, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor transition between living spaces.
Building Regulations in the UK often require that the roof terrace design does not detract from the character and appearance of the property and neighbouring buildings. Flatglass Skyway rooflights can facilitate this, providing a modern, low-profile, minimalist design that integrates seamlessly with the building’s architecture
Powered by two 24v actuators, these energy-efficient rooflights can open to 90 degrees for easy access, while allowing vast amounts of natural light and air into the home. Safe and secure, the Skyway rooflight is mechanically sealed, for additional peace of mind.
Allowing access from a full staircase and hinged door, this rooflight opens at the touch of a button and offers a significantly more effective and comfortable solution than an awkward ladder and hatch system. A remote control and external rain sensors are available for increased ease-of-use and functionality.
Designed for flat roofs, this hinged skylight is flat when closed and stays within low parapet walls, making it ideal for height-restricted spaces. The Skyway is a reliable, effortless access solution for the modern home.The rewards of roof terrace access
The benefits of creating roof terrace access to either existing or new-build properties are clear and numerous, with roof terrace build costs ultimately surpassed by the return on investment achieved by the increase in property value.
We are happy to announce that Roofglaze has been awarded the Certisecure accreditation and qualified for Secured by Design membership with our Fixed Flatglass Protect+ rooflight range, demonstrating that these are fully compliant with Building Regulations Approved Document Q.
Here at Roofglaze, we feel that your home’s security is something that should be taken seriously and not left to chance. With this in mind, we have tried to do our part by engineering a specialist rooflight, utilising a laminated inner glass pane to maximise security.
Alongside the added security of the laminated inner pane, our Flatglass Protect+ rooflights will still have the same sleek and contemporary profile that makes our standard Fixed Flatglass rooflights so pleasing on the eye.
The Secured by Design (SBD) initiative is part of the Official Police Security Initiative. It was established in 1989 and was created based on the principle of ‘designing out crime’ through physical security and processes. Secured by Design work throughout all aspects of the construction industry to help raise the level of security of home improvements by setting key standards, designed to reduce the risk and fear of crime.
Roofglaze’s Protect+ range of Flatglass rooflights have been extensively attack tested against STS 202 by leading test house Exova to determine their compliance with Build Regulations Part Q – Security in Dwellings.
Research has shown those using products that meet SBD standards are up to 75% less likely to be burgled and show a reduction of 25% in criminal damage, hence the importance to ensure that all windows, rooflights and doors are secure by using the right products for the job.
Take a look at our Approved Document Q Technical Page.
Our stock range of Fixed Flatglass Protect+ rooflights are now available to buy online for delivery to you in 3-5 working days.
Bespoke Secured by Design compliant rooflight options will be available to order from March 2018 onwards.
We have just completed an interesting and unique project for the Education sector based in Bedfordshire, and we cannot wait any longer to share this with you.
Throughout this project, Roofglaze has demonstrated their market-leading design and manufacturing capabilities by creating multiple Elliptical Flatglass rooflights for Silsoe School, helping to provide the students with a better access to natural light. Each glazing unit installed into Silsoe School was set to a 3o pitch to maximise the total light ingress for this project, while ensuring proper water run-off for the rooflight to avoid the unsightly issue of water pooling.
Each glazing solution provided to Silsoe School consisted of multiple pieces of shaped glass to form the intended shape, some of which were linked using typical glazing bars.
The following glazing specifications apply to the project undertaken at Silsoe Lower School:
- Outer: 6mm Clear Toughened + Sandblast Border
- Inner: 13.5mm Heat Strengthened Clear Laminated + Low-E
- Cavity: 18mm Argon Filled + Black Warm Edge Spacer
- Centre Pane U-value: 1.1w/m2K
This project was designed and installed within the allotted time frame given by Silsoe School and Ashe Construction, this essentially meant that the relocation project didn’t overlap with the upcoming school term.
To check out the full project case study click here – Silsoe Lower School, Bedfordshire
The Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 (CDM) determine that designers must eliminate foreseeable health and safety risks during construction, maintenance and refurbishment of buildings.
This has resulted in an increasing requirement for rooflights being specified as non-fragile roofs to ensure the safety of people below the glazed roof and people who may be on the roof.
Roofglaze have recently undertaken further independent testing on their Flatglass range of contemporary glass rooflights, carried out at the world-leading Building Research Establishment in Watford, UK.
BRE is a collection of some of the country’s most innovative researchers, scientists, engineers and technicians, who strive to continuously improve the accepted standards of our built environment.
The knowledge they generate comes from using experts from a variety of fields performing independent research to be able to create the highest standards, ensuring our homes and communities are safe.
The non-fragility testing undertaken at BRE was carried out in accordance the Centre for Window & Cladding Technology (CWCT) Technical Notes TN66 & 67, recognised as the only industry standard for Safety and Fragility for Glazed Roofing.
The exhausting destructive testing simulates the impact of a person accidentally falling onto the rooflight, impact from tools and equipment, followed by a static load test to demonstrate the residual strength of the glass.
The tests involve a series of soft and hard body impact tests, followed by a static load of 180kg being retained for a period of 30 minutes, all undertaken at a test temperature of 40 degrees Centigrade.
With the architectural trend for larger and larger single pane rooflights, Roofglaze selected huge single pane units measuring 2700mm x 2700mm and a glass area of 7.290m2.
After three consecutive days of extensive testing, it was confirmed that the Roofglaze’s Flatglass rooflights conform to the latest CWCT non-fragility standards, and passed to the highest achievable standard, Class 1 non-fragility rating.
Class 1 non-fragile rooflights are for applications where they may be walked on for occasional cleaning and maintenance.
They need to be able to support both the weight of people on the glass and their equipment, and designed to withstand the impact from a person and their tools or equipment, and resist the impacts without damage.
Prior to this testing, Roofglaze had already achieved a CWCT Class 2 non-fragility rating for their Flatglass rooflights.
Achieving CWCT Class 1 is a major step in the continuous development of Roofglaze’s market leading Flatglass range of rooflights.
“Having carried out many impact tests over the years on various glazing materials and specifications, the impact performance of our Fixed Flatglass exceed the expectations of all that were in attendance. There was no deflection or breakdown at all noticed on the inner laminated surface, even once both glazed panels were deliberately broken and loaded out with the 180kg static load” – Paul Butler (Director, Roofglaze)
Roofglaze’s RIBA-approved CPD seminar provides further insight into the importance of non-fragility, as well as the latest regulations and legislation surrounding this.
If you are looking to specify Flatglass rooflights on your next project, then why not book your next CPD with Roofglaze today? It’s a decision you won’t regret!
The key topics which are covered throughout a typical 45 minute seminar include:
1. Contemporary daylighting systems and the growing demand for flat glass
2. The leading-edge glass solutions in today’s marketplace
3. What you need to consider when specifying flat glass rooflights
4. The relevant British Standards and non-fragility testing procedures
5. How to install and maintain these rooflights
If you need any further product information or technical advice, then please call us on 01480 474 797 or e-mail email@example.com with your enquiry.