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Transforming Flat Roofs with Skylights

Date: 02/09/19

Transforming flat roofs with flat roof skylights is a home improvement project that is becoming more and more popular. While pitched roofs are still the choice for many, flat roof extensions have enjoyed a huge rise in popularity over recent years, with them being seen as a highly contemporary choice for adding additional living space to your home.

While a flat roof extension is in itself an exciting design statement, transforming flat roofs with flat roof skylights makes a real style statement. Not only do flat skylights look stunning on a flat roof extension, they also bring in a huge amount of natural light, flooding the interior below and the adjoining rooms with light and making the space feel airy and welcoming.

If you need some advice, help and inspiration about transforming flat roofs with flat roof skylights, then this handy guide should be a good starting point for all the information you need to transform your flat roof with flat skylights. 

Flat roof skylights – what are the options?


Before you can transform your flat roof with flat roof skylights you need to understand what the various options are for flat skylights.

When transforming your flat roof with flat roof skylights from Ultraframe there are several options to choose from – although the flat skylight is a simple, contemporary product and so the options are very simple – keeping the product clean and minimal.

The first option to think about when transforming flat roofs with flat roof skylights is the size. While the view from your flat skylights is going to be almost entirely sky, it’s still important to think carefully about the size and you might want to consider the following:

  1. When looking at the flat roof from inside, how much plastered ceiling do you want to see vs glazing?
  2. Think about the size of your room and choose flat skylights accordingly to ensure your room has plenty of natural light. It’s no good transforming flat roofs with flat roof skylights and realising afterwards that they are too small. With natural light, more is more so ensure that your flat roof extension has plenty of natural light by choosing the right sized skylights. If you’re unsure about what size to go for, your installer will be able to advise.
  3. When thinking about light, not only do you need to consider the flat roofed room below the skylights, but also any adjoining rooms. It’s vital that when transforming flat roofs with flat roof skylights that adjoining rooms are not overlooked – you need to ensure a plentiful source of light into these rooms by choosing skylights that are big enough. Again, your installer will be able to advise.
  4. The view above – when transforming flat roofs with flat roof skylights it’s important to think about what you’ll see when looking up into the flat skylights. Obviously you’ll want to enjoy views of the sky and clouds above but there may be unsightly parts of your house or nearby buildings that you really don’t want to see so choose your size (and position) carefully to ensure that your flat skylights only show the view that you want to enjoy.

After thinking about the size of your flat skylights, the next thing to consider when transforming flat roofs with flat roof skylights is the position of the flat skylights. Here are a few things you may want to consider:

  1. What will be beneath the flat skylights? Think about what your extension will be used as. If it’s a kitchen, do you want the skylights and the natural light they bring right above your hob, your preparation area, your dining area? 
  2. If the room has a TV, think about the bright sunlight that will flood into the room from your flat skylights and whether this might reflect on the tv – dependent on the orientation of your home. You won’t have blinds or any kind of shade on your flat skylights so as well as thinking about where you want light in the room below, it’s just as important when transforming flat roofs with flat roof skylights to think about where you don’t want light.
  3. Think about what will overlook your flat roof extension. If you are overlooked by neighbour’s properties or other buildings, then think very carefully about your privacy and choose wisely the best place for your flat skylights when transforming flat roofs with flat roof skylights.

Once you’ve thought about size and position, the final option is to choose the colour of the glazing in your flat roof skylights. This is something that can have a huge effect when transforming flat roofs with flat roof skylights and so again, needs to be given careful consideration. 
Key things to remember are:

  • Clear glass in your flat skylights will allow you to see the sky and weather outdoors exactly as it is – whether that be bright and sunny and grey and gloomy – a clear flat skylight doesn’t lie!
  • Blue glass when transforming flat roofs with flat roof skylights

If you give careful consideration to the size, the position and the glazing colour of your flat skylights then there really is no better product to use when transforming flat roofs with flat roof skylights. The aesthetics of flat roof skylights are strikingly simple and lend themselves perfectly to contemporary interiors but due to their simplicity, flat skylights are also a beautiful product to use when transforming flat roofs with flat roof skylights with the aim of a more traditional look.

The key benefits of the product are the stunning clean lines and the vast amount of natural light that they bring into a room and the adjoining rooms. Natural light cannot be underestimated when transforming flat roofs with flat roof skylights – a room that is filled with light not only feels more spacious, but is also more welcoming and more enjoyable to spend time in. A light filled room will also make the room feel bigger whereas a dark and gloomy room will always feel smaller.

You can see that there are some important decisions to make when transforming flat roofs with flat roof skylights and if you are struggling to decide yourself, then your Ultraframe installer will be able to offer their advice and wisdom and recommend the best options for transforming flat roofs with flat roof skylights.

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