Traditional roof lanterns have been around for many years and can bring significant value to your home. Not only can the roof be vital for helping your conservatory become the ultimate show room in your home, but a good traditional roof lantern should keep your house well insulated, dry and relatively noise-less.
Traditional roof lanterns are a daylighting architectural element that bright natural light into homes. They work by being place above larger roofs and aim to provide natural daylight into the room/conservatory below.
Traditional roof lanterns started out from small orangeries in the 16th century that were used for growing fruit and vegetable that would not normally be grown in European climates. Although the structures enables plants to flourish, due to the structural design they were often prone to a substantial amount of leaking.
Compared to previous designs many years ago, roof lanterns are now twice as efficient because they benefit from slimline technology that also helps the roof lanterns look elegant whilst benefiting from outstanding thermal performance. Depending on the roof provider you choose, they can now stand 33% greater live loads that includes snow and wind. Find atlas roof lantern the industry leader in glazed roofing through Essex Bi-fold on our Atlas lantern roofs page.
Often people are deterred from choosing roof lanterns and glass roofing in general because of the noise that is associated with it. There are measures that can be taken to reduce noise in your communal areas.
Consider opting for larger distances between sheets of glass as this results in better sound insulation. The more panes of glass and the thicker the glass, the less noise you are going to hear. Consider your location and average temperature and discuss this with professional consultants who can advise you on the correct setup you will need to then reduce unwanted sounds.
Even if you have meticulously planned your room/conservatory and you have the right products for your design, you need to make sure you use experienced professionals to complete the job for you. This is because if the windows/lanterns aren’t sealed properly against the roof then noise, air and water could seep through. If elements do seep through any gaps it will continue to erode, making the holes in the sealing larger and larger until the issue is resolved.
Although ‘self cleaning glass’ now exists, we still need to maintain roof lights/lanterns. ‘Self cleaning glass’ is actually a coating on the glass that makes it harder for dirt to stick, meaning that when rain comes along the dirt can be washed away. This process won’t stay effective if you don’t maintain your new roof/window.
If possible you should aim to clean your roof lights at least three times a year. Products needed are very basic and are relatively inexpensive. Use a non-abrasive sponge, warm soapy water (the fewer suds the better), glass cleaner, a microfiber cloth, a squeegee and a drying pad. A simple process can be followed below:
When cleaning your window try to cover up paint and wood work as to not damage areas around your glass.
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