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Domestic sloping rooflights are usually supplied complete with integral flashings to suit the type of roof finish (tiled, slated etc) -they will be pivoting or top hung, for example the velux or colt systems. Escape rooflights are top hung and sized to meet the minimum requirement under the Building Regulations. For flat roofs, then a domed or pyramid type, such as skydome or Ubbink, is generally set on an upstand against which the roof membrane is dressed up.

Control mechanisms are important, as it may be difficult or even impossible to open the rooflight from floor level -solutions might include operation by pole, winder mechanism or electrical controls.

If you are building in a conservation area, then you will probably need a conservation rooflight -distinguished by having only narrow glazing bars visible externally with a finish giving the appearance of lead.

Case Study -colourful sun tunnels at Ashton-under-Lyme

The architects of these bungalows at Ashton-under-Lyme, Denovo Design, found a bright solution to the problem of getting light in to the hallways. Using sun tunnels, they worked with the manufacturer, Mondraught to produce a range of brightly coloured roof cowls that compliment the appearance of the bungalows. In fact the roof cowls are individually coloured and co-ordinated with the front door of each residence to give every one its own identity.

Further information

  • Cast Rooflights -rooflights with a traditional appearance suitable for historic or listed buildings.
  • Fakro -rooflight alternative to Velux from Poland -Faro is now one of the worlds top manufacturers of rooflights.
  • Glazing vision -specialists in fixed, hinged and sliding glass rooflights.
  • Mondraught -manufacturers of the mirror-finish aluminium SunPipe which brings in natural daylight to the deepest recesses of a building.
  • Rooflight Company -formerly the Metal Window Company, they offer an extensive range of innovative and design-led roof light window products, including replica conservation rooflights, escape windows, lanterns and pyramid lights.
  • Sliding Roofs Limited -makers of large format opening skylights, including the one featured on Monty Ravenscroft's own Peckham House in Grand Designs.
  • Skydome -specialists in domed rooflights for flat roofs.
  • Sunsquare -hi spec rooflights for flat roofs -flat, pyramid, walk-on or bespoke designs, both fixed and opening.
  • Ubbink -roof windows and domed polycarbonate rooflights.
  • Velux -the definitive rooflight company -provides a full range of high performance rooflights for a variety of situations -top hung, pivot, excape windows and conservation rooflights.

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