Glass Rooflights for Flat Roofs


November 3, 2019

We’ve gone through the many reasons why you should choose a rooflight for a flat roof in the past, it helps to bring so much more light and a feeling of space into the room directly below it, whilst also improving the aesthetic of any adjoining rooms in the process. When you have decided to purchase and install a rooflight the next step is to choose which type of rooflight you want and there are quite a few sub-options within the category of glass rooflights. As long as you have chosen a rooflight supplier with a clear knowledge of the item and the installation process, you can ensure that you are benefiting the maximum amount from a glass rooflight at your property.

What sort of glass rooflight works best for your property, your desire, and budget?

The most popular type of glass for a rooflight is toughened glass. This is usually one of the choices along with laminated glass when choosing a rooflight design. For the inner glass panes, it is important to plan for the worst-case scenario (which in the case of rooflights is the glass shattering and falling onto people in the room below). Now, of course this is unlikely, but toughened glass will shatter into tiny fragments, and is therefore less likely to hurt people in this worst-case scenario. It is robust, and unlikely to shatter.

Laminated glass is the most useful specification for the inner pane of a glass rooflight, with two panes stuck together with an interlayer, to ensure that there is zero chance of damage to the property or human injury should it shatter, as it will stay in the same position. The interlayer also acts as a UV filter, which helps to maintain a comfortable temperature level in the room. It is a durable and safe way to install a glass rooflight at your home. On top of that, laminated glass is also fantastic at removing unnecessary noise pollution, minimising noise coming from the outside, and vice versa, which makes it very attractive if you are planning on using the room with the rooflight for social functions and heavy usage.

There are other examples of glazing that is used on glass rooflights, including low maintenance glazing, which is thought of as ‘self-cleaning’ although in reality it just requires less cleaning than a regular pane of glass. Solar control glazing is another option, reducing solar heat gain to the interior of the building whilst allowing the sun’s rays to pass through. This helps to create a warm and welcoming space without the room overheating to an unbearable temperature, which can often be the case with some glass rooflights.

With the right glass rooflight supplier you can find the perfect solution to your needs, with professional advice and guidance relating to the type of glazing that will work best with your glass rooflight. Always be sure to think ahead into the future, and which type of glass will best suit your overall needs and plans for the room underneath the flat roof glass rooflight.