Skylights offer a sure-fire way to brighten up spaces in the home that are failing to reach their full potential, seamlessly delivering the perfect solution to invite natural light in. Ideal for areas that cannot house traditional windows due to aesthetic or privacy issues, bathrooms, bedrooms, lean-to’s, loft conversions, kitchens, basements and dark corridors can all benefit from an uplifting skylight installation.
Interested in adding more light, warmth and value to your London home this year? Then take a quick peek at our top tips for buying a skylight in 2019.
1. Research the skylight market
Get your creative juices flowing and begin your skylight project with a quick bit of market research – which will also help you to decide on what type and style of skylight is right for your London home. Get started with these stunning skylight examples from architecture and design influencers Dezeen.
2. Different skylight styles
There is a range of skylight options to choose from, depending on the look you want to achieve coupled with how much light the room requires. At Chase Windows, choose between
- Our traditional Atlas skylight
Manufactured in all shapes and sizes, many of our customers opt for the classic ‘pyramid shape’ skylight/rooflight style. Alternatively, if you require even more light then you may be interested in our contemporary range of Roof Lanterns, which can also have opening windows for additional warm weather ventilation.
- Our contemporary Atlas flat skylights
The new flat skylight option from Atlas is designed to deliver the maximum amount of light, combined with minimal modern sightlines for a real on-trend, minimalist appearance.
3. Skylight glass
Be sure to find out what kind of glass your skylight includes, because if it’s not the right specification of glass you can suffer from what’s known as the ‘greenhouse effect’ – especially with skylights that are south facing. Avoid overexposure to UV rays by fitting your skylights with energy efficient glass. You’ll be pleased to know that Atlas skylights from Chase windows offer a range of protective Solar Controlling glass options.
4. Skylights don’t require planning permission, as long as…
As long as the following limits and conditions are met, it’s unlikely that you’ll need to apply for planning permission to install skylights in your London home, as you’ll be protected by permitted development rules.
- Any alteration to project no more than 150 millimetres from the existing roof plane.
- No alteration to be higher than the highest part of the roof.
- Side facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.
Please be aware that these permitted development allowances only apply to houses. So, if you wish to install skylights in an apartment, maisonette, converted house, areas that may be restricted by Article 4 Directions (or similar) or any other type of building, get in touch for further guidance.
5. Find an approved skylight installer
Choosing a reputable skylight installation company is incredibly important, otherwise, you run the risk of an incorrectly installed or substandard skylight which can result in leaks; even the best skylight will leak if it’s inaccurately installed. For a long lasting, high-quality and high-performance skylight that fully complies with building regulations, get an instant online quote, contact the Chase team or visit our showroom to discuss your options further.