Common Concerns About Roof Lights Answered
Due to the poor roof light technology that has been used in the past, many people have concerns about installing them and think that they can be costly in the future once they start to deteriorate. Roof lights are a simple and effective way to allow more natural daylight into a building but, if installed incorrectly, they can leak and cause a number of other problems. At Xtralite, we have worked hard to develop roof light technology and materials as well as training architects to ensure that the correct roof light is specified for every project and to prevent these once common problems from occurring. Here are some of the concerns we’ve come across throughout our history to help you answer questions and dispel myths for future projects.
As roof lights age, the frame and fittings can begin to disintegrate with the weather, meaning that water can eventually leak through. If roof lights are not carefully installed, the fixtures and materials can be weaker and cause a huge number of problems. Xtralite and modern technology mean that this problem can be solved along with correct installation methods to get the very best out of the roof light and significantly improve its lifespan.
Many people worry that, by installing a roof light in a domestic or commercial building, they will lose most of the heat from the building, making it inefficient and making the building cold during the winter months. However, with new technology and materials now in place, this is no longer an issue. Our glass, polycarbonate and Lumira materials are made to meet thermal requirements and regulations and are UV protected in order to ensure the material does not deteriorate and so that occupants inside are not affected by outdoor sunlight and temperatures too much.
In contrast to making a building too cold in the winter, another concern is that roof lights can cause a building to become far too hot and become uncomfortable for the occupants inside. Our roof light materials are fitted with UV protection to stop the materials from becoming too hot and heating the room below without blocking natural light from flooding into the building. Ill-fitting roof lights can have a greenhouse effect on the building below, but we work very closely with architects and specifiers to ensure that the correct materials and fittings are used for every project.
In many glazed or glass buildings, rain noise can be a problem. We have all been sat in a conservatory and had to move when it starts raining because we can’t hear the person sitting next to us. Modern roof lights are well insulated and double glazed which can dampen the sound of rain. Although you may still be able to hear the rain, you won’t have to move to another room!
As you can see, the modern skylight has been altered to prevent the above problems and ensure maximum comfort for the occupants inside the building who will also be able to enjoy natural sunlight streaming into the building.