Conservation rooflights are an excellent way to bring natural light into your home or building while also preserving its traditional aesthetic. These types of rooflights are specifically designed to replicate the look of traditional rooflights, while also providing modern performance benefits.
When choosing a conservation rooflight, there are several considerations to keep in mind to ensure you select the right product for your specific needs. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the key considerations to keep in mind when choosing a conservation rooflight.
One of the first considerations when choosing a conservation rooflight is the materials it is made from. The materials used will impact the look, durability, and performance of the rooflight. Common materials for conservation rooflights include wood, steel, and aluminium.
Wooden rooflights offer a traditional look and are often used in historic or period buildings. Steel and aluminium rooflights are more durable and require less maintenance.
If accessing your rooflight to keep up a maintenance schedule is going to be an issue then you should consider a stainless steel frame. Stainless steel rooflights will not rust, even if you live near the sea, and offer an excellent choice for anyone wanting a long lasting rooflight that provides less frame and more glass.
The type of glazing used in your conservation rooflight will also impact its performance. Double or triple glazed units offer better insulation and noise reduction than single-glazed units. Low-E coatings can help to improve energy efficiency and reduce glare. It is also possible to specify self-cleaning glass, which is also a good option where access for maintenance is a challenge.
Glass will typically make up the majority of your rooflight, and it’s central to controlling the flow of natural light, the level of safety and security, and the retention of heat. It can even help protect furniture against fading. If your rooflight manufacturer offers a bespoke service, then the various glazing options available to you should be an important consideration in the early consultation stages.
Some conservation rooflights can be opened to provide natural ventilation to your building. This can be particularly beneficial in the summer months when you want to keep your building cool. When selecting a conservation rooflight, consider whether you want to be able to open it for ventilation.
Many opening conservation rooflights now offer modern functionality such as remote operation and the ability to control the opening mechanism via an App.
If you are looking to install an opening conservation rooflight then you should also speak to your rooflight manufacturer about options such as automated rain and wind controlled opening mechanisms.
The installation process for conservation rooflights can vary depending on the type of rooflight you choose. Some rooflights are designed to be installed on an existing roof, while others may require a new roof to be installed.
Conservation rooflights are often required in older buildings, so may need to fit between uneven rafters. In this situation, bespoke rooflights offer an ideal solution as your rooflight manufacturer should be able to provide a solution to work around your size and shape requirements.
Consider the installation process and any additional costs associated with the installation when choosing a conservation rooflight.
Stella Rooflight is a manufacture only company and do not offer an installation service. We do however have a handy video to help with the installation process. https://stellarooflight.co.uk/videos/
Building Regulations and rooflights
When installing a conservation rooflight, you will need to comply with building regulations. It is essential to ensure that the rooflight you choose meets the necessary regulations for your location. You can read more about conservation rooflights and Building Regulations here: https://stellarooflight.co.uk/rooflights-and-planning-permission/
In summary, when choosing a conservation rooflight, you should consider the materials used, the type of glazing, whether ventilation is required, the installation process, and building regulations. By taking the time to carefully consider these factors, you can select a conservation rooflight that not only looks great but also provides the performance benefits you need for your building.