Rooflights are becoming more and more popular in UK homes. Modern architecture has begun to take advantage of the benefits rooflights have to offer: but what exactly are they?
Today, TuffX will take you on a guided tour of rooflights. We’ll cover all the internet’s most frequently asked questions: what is a rooflight? How are they different from skylights, and how can they raise your property’s value?
If you want to turn your home into a sunshine-filled oasis, check out TuffX’s range of Rooflights. We’re the proud manufacturers of Fixed Rooflights and Walk-On Rooflights: crafted with your home in mind.
What are rooflight windows?
Rooflight windows are windows installed on the roof of a building to let natural light into the interior space.
Manufactured from toughened glass, they come in several shapes and sizes, framed or frameless and can be installed on various properties, like flat and pitched roof homes.
These thermally-insulated windows are excellent for trapping heat inside your home whilst keeping the cold air out. If you want to increase your property’s value, roof windows are a relatively inexpensive investment with significant returns.
Rooflights add architectural interest to your home, separating it from other properties on the market.
There’s nothing better than seeing the sun shine through your living room, kitchen or hallway: exposure to natural daylight has many positive effects on our mental health and overall well-being. But how do these advantages translate to reduced monthly energy bills?
How can rooflights make your building more energy efficient?
Increased Natural Light
Of course, it’s clear how incorporating a rooflight into your home increases natural light levels. By removing a section of your roof, your home will see more daylight at various times.
They capture sunlight and direct it downwards, spreading it throughout the room and illuminating every corner. As the sun moves throughout the day, the position of the rooflights ensures that natural light is distributed evenly throughout the space.
Rooflight windows ensure you don’t miss out on the advantages of solar energy and, therefore, solar heat. You’ll be less likely to switch on your thermostat when your home is warming under the sun’s rays!
Reduce Dependence on Artificial Lighting
As natural light floods your home, you’ll also be less inclined to turn on artificial lighting sources around your home. You won’t need lamps or overhead lights to properly illuminate your room during daylight hours.
There’s also the advantage of minimising your contribution to greenhouse gases and the resultant environmental impact. With a rooflight, your dependence on electric lighting will reduce your carbon footprint, making your habits and home more eco-friendly.
Where you position your rooflights can maximise their energy-saving benefits. For example, a northwards-facing room may suffer from a lack of natural light. In this case, the positioning of your rooflight window is more important than its size.
Lighting up your darkest room with a premium rooflight is a strategic way to ensure profitable returns. South-facing rooms will absorb sunlight at the warmest time of day, making them much brighter and more inviting.
However, rooflight windows can also help regulate the temperature in a north-facing room, particularly during winter. When the sun is lower in the sky, natural light can warm the room and reduce the need for artificial heating.
Careful planning and strategic placement will help make your rooflight windows even more energy-efficient.
Choosing a trusted, well-accredited manufacturer is essential to reducing heat loss and improving thermal regulation. At TuffX, we offer customers a choice between double-glazed glass (with a U-Value of 1.2 w/m2) or triple-glazed Toughened Safety Glass (with a U-Value of 0.7 w/m2!)
TuffX’s high-performance glazing prevents heat from leaving your home, meaning you can slash your monthly heating costs. Our low-emissivity coatings and argon-filled cavities between glass panes are an additional insulation layer that can protect your home against heat loss.
We also incorporate thermal breaks and weather seals into our rooflights, which prevent cold air from entering and warm air from escaping.
Reduce Energy Costs with TuffX Rooflight Windows!
As the energy crisis continues, more people are searching for low-cost, energy-efficient alternatives to artificial lighting. If you’re one of these people, invest in a TuffX rooflight window and reduce your reliance on artificial light.
Our state-of-the-art designs and commitment to sustainability make our rooflights the perfect choice for anyone wanting to reduce their monthly bills.
Choose TuffX and feel confident you’re investing in a product that will provide long-lasting savings, maximum comfort, and style for your home or business.