Coastal Living: How 316L Stainless Steel Protects Your Rooflights

The Coastal Challenge

Coastal living offers breath-taking views and a serene environment, but it comes with its own set of challenges, particularly when it comes to maintaining the integrity of your home. One of the key concerns for homeowners in coastal areas is the corrosive power of salty sea air. It can wreak havoc on building materials, causing rust and degradation over time. This is where the choice of materials for your rooflights becomes critical.

The Stainless Steel Solution

When it comes to coastal areas, durability and rust resistance are non-negotiable qualities for any building material. That’s where 316L stainless steel steps in as the ultimate solution. Stella Rooflights understands the unique demands of coastal living, which is why we exclusively use 316L stainless steel in crafting our rooflight frames. We are the only conservation rooflight company to do this, and so are the natural choice for properties within a 5 mile radius of the coast.

316L stainless steel is a marine-grade alloy renowned for its exceptional corrosion resistance properties. Let’s delve into why this material is the gold standard for protecting your rooflights by highlighting its key benefits:

Benefit 1: Unparalleled Durability

Coastal environments subject buildings to harsh conditions – the constant exposure to salt-laden air and sea spray. Lesser materials might succumb to corrosion and weaken over time. However, 316L stainless steel stands firm, retaining its structural integrity year after year. This longevity ensures that your Stella Rooflights continue to adorn your home with beauty and functionality for generations.

Benefit 2: Rust Resistance

The primary concern in coastal living is rust, which can be a relentless adversary. Beware – unless specifically specified, most metal rooflights are made using cheaper mild / carbon steel and are only protected from the elements by a thin powder or paint coating, which will wear off in time. These rooflights will inevitably rust over time and can be expensive to replace.  

With 316L stainless steel, rust becomes a distant worry. The alloy’s unique composition, including chromium, molybdenum, and nickel, forms a protective layer that prevents corrosion, even in the harshest seaside conditions. This means your rooflights remain not only aesthetically pleasing but also structurally sound, unaffected by rust’s damaging effects.

Benefit 3: Low Maintenance, High Performance

Choosing 316L stainless steel for your rooflights simplifies maintenance. Unlike materials that require frequent inspections and treatments, these rooflights demand minimal upkeep. You can enjoy the stunning views of the coast without the hassle of constant maintenance tasks. This makes your investment in Stella Rooflights not only a wise choice but also a convenient one.


In coastal living, the choice of materials can make all the difference. Stella Rooflights’ commitment to excellence and attention to detail extends to the selection of every material used in the make up of our rooflight. Our use of 316L stainless steel ensures that your rooflights not only withstand the challenges of coastal environments but also enhance the beauty and functionality and value of your home.

With unparalleled durability, rust resistance, and low maintenance requirements, you can trust Stella Rooflights to provide you with a lasting solution that complements your coastal lifestyle. Enjoy the best of both worlds – the beauty of the sea and the reliability and longevity of a Stella coastal rooflight.


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