Not all rooflights are created equal
There are some very big and well-known brands in the rooflight market. These tend to be mass produced in a range of standard sizes, production line manufactured and cheap enough to entice major housebuilders to use them in the thousands.
But what if you need something unique for your project? What if you want an input into how your glazing solution will look and operate? Many suppliers are not set up for the one-offs or the bespoke designs and options. Mass production works by producing goods in large quantities, often using standardized designs and assembly-line techniques to minimize costs. It does not allow for changes or alternations to make your ideas a reality.
Over the past few years, more and more products have been produced abroad but this has invariably been done to reduce costs rather than to increase the quality for the customer. With such a focus on price, it is difficult for UK manufacturers such as Lumen to compete with the larger mass produced brands. That is why we choose not to and why Lumen is committed to producing outstanding rooflights to our clients personal requirements.
When choosing a rooflight or rooflight manufacturer for your project, you should be asking a number of questions.
Compliance is essential
Where are the rooflights designed, manufactured and assembled?
Get the bigger picture
This may sound obvious, but do not make the mistake of thinking that all rooflights are the same in this respect and just because you are buying a rooflight, for example, that is 1m x 2m, be aware that this doesn’t necessarily mean that that you are going to have 2m² of viewing area.
It is important to understand that the amount of light that enters your property relates to the internal viewable size rather than the more general fixing or overall size of the rooflight. The most common mistake to make is to specify a rooflight that simply fits the space between your rafters. In fact the size of the actual rooflight is immaterial if all you are paying for is a large frame. The common perception is that if you buy more glass the viewing area will be bigger.
In addition to the clear viewable area, the internal framing plays a big part in the appearance of the rooflight. Lumen use real timber linings, most commonly American ash. Lumen provides customers with the opportunity to specify any timber for the internal linings and these can also be painted in any colour. There are a number of benefits offered by real wood over materials such as mdf and pvc.
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