The old adage of ‘you get what you pay for’ is often true yet whilst most of us appreciate that a higher price normally reflects an increase in quality, it can be quite difficult to differentiate between certain products and one example of this is skylights. To most people skylights simply allow light and ventilation into their roof space; so what makes one product vary from another and why is price so closely linked with quality? There are some very big and well-known brands in the flat rooflight market. These tend to be mass produced in a range of standard sizes, production line manufactured and cheap
Bespoke Rooflight Project
Mass Produced or Bespoke Quality
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 producers such as NuDawn to compete with the larger mass produced brands. NuDawn is committed to producing outstanding rooflights and skylights to our clients personal requirements. When choosing a skylight for your project, you should be asking a number of questions. Compliance is essential and your skylights should be designed to exacting UK and European standards. Most of the rooflights and skylights available today are up to the required standard but not all. It is always worth checking that a product does comply. It is always worth asking where the skylights are designed, manufactured and assembled. It is not unusual for one or two of the processes to be handled in the UK. Those are the ones that suppliers will tell you about. However, saying that something is designed and assembled in the UK does not mean that it is manufactured in the UK.
The Right Design
Getting the right design might be one of the first considerations when choosing your bespoke skylight, but from a practical viewpoint the most important thing to think about will be the physical viewable area of glazing. Edge to edge glazing might look good from the outside but does it actually offer increased light or ventilation? This may sound obvious, but do not make the mistake of thinking that all roof windows are the same in this respect and just because you are buying a flat rooflight, for example, that is 1m x 2m, this doesn’t necessarily mean that that you are going to have 2m square meters of viewing area.
Light up your life
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 roof window. The most common mistake to make is to specify a skylight that simply fits on a kerb. In fact the size of the actual skylight is immaterial if all you are paying for is a large frame and this is one of the major advantages of a NuDawn frameless rooflight. The common perception is that if you buy more glass, the viewing area will be bigger. It is what’s underneath that counts so check what your clear viewable dimension will be, as on the same sized skylight, the actual viewable glazing area between different manufacturers can be significant and make a huge difference to the amount of light entering the building.
Do your research and before you choose a skylight for your project, the advice would certainly be to check with the manufacturer on all the aforementioned points beforehand. You might be saving a few pounds by choosing a cheaper flat rooflight but with so many variables that could make such a difference to the performance and aesthetics of your project, why take the risk? If you would like more information and advice on how to choose a bespoke skylight for your project, contact us on 0333 987 4452 or use the contact page on the website.