07 Sep 2016

How to stop the light coming through a domed roof light?

Rooflights are provided to make the full use of natural light and to cover them to prevent this is a real shame. Roof lights should be considered to be a ‘pay back’ product that doesn’t need to use costly electric light sources during good day light hours.

Domed rooflights can be manufactured using glazing options such as obscure & tinted. Obscure will diffuse the light but tinted options such as bronze or opal will normally halve the light transmission into the roof below.

Some companies will provide blinds that work in conjunction with their own products but for most rooflight companies that manufacture domed roof lights, that are particularly bespoke, this isn’t always possible. It may be the case that you would need to contact a local blind company to assist you in the task.

It is important to remember that on glass products you may need to consider thermal shock. Thermal shock may appear when the heat build up between the blind and inner glass becomes too high and cause the glass to spontaneously crack or break. It is worth considering speaking to the company that you purchase the product through to make sure this doesn’t affect guarantees etc.


07 Sep 2016

Can you get a rooflight that opens?

Well yes of course but how do you want it to open? Is manually or electrically (24 or 240v)? Hinged or a sliding mechanism? Part or fully opening? Is it for ventilation, for roof access or smoke dispersal (AOV)? What glazing….Glass, Polycarbonate or a solid aluminium top?

If you can answer all these then you should find what you require on our website but if you can’t then email your enquiry to us and we will do our best to help.





26 Aug 2016

The quick answer to this is NO! The only type of rooflights you can walk on are those that are classed & tested for that purpose.

So how do you tell which are and which aren’t? So if you have to ask that question then we must revert you back to ‘ The quick answer to this is NO!’. The building owner should also be able to advise you of the rooflight and it’s capabilities.

Take a look at the specification on our Walk On page for useful information.

26 Aug 2016

The answer to your question is yes, most probably, but you will need to check with your own Local Authority to enquire what exactly is needed. If you live in a consevation area then your Conservation Officer can help. Please remember rooflights do not come under the same restrictions as windows & doors and are not required to be registered with FENSA, CERTASS or any other body like that.

29 Feb 2016

What is a builders kerb? or an upstand. A builders kerb is normally constructed on site to accept the new rooflight. It can be made from timber, concrete, metal etc and would be waterproofed using a waterproof membrane material. It would also be 150mm high as per good codes of practice.

25 Feb 2016

How long will a polycarbonate rooflight last? New polycarbonate domes are made from UV enhanced polycarbonate materials. Guarantees vary but 10 years is the normal timescale offered but in accelorated test the product will last longer than that.

21 Feb 2016

Does plastic skylights become brittle with age in uk? Modern polycarbonate domes are made from UV enhanced polycarbonate. These are tested for discolouration & non fragilty and are guaranteed for at least 10 years. Older domes were made from Acrylic, PVC & non enhanced polycarbonate and these products did become brittle becuase of UV degradation.

08 Jan 2016

Legal opening size roof access hatch uk? There are no legal requirements concerning the roof opening size of an access hatch. The only legal obligation is complying with Health & Saftey requirements concerning falling bodies, non fragility & working at heights.