Roof lantern blinds. Skylight Blinds. If you’re just about to start redecorating your home, it might feel like there are a whole host of window coverings on the market you’ve never heard of. And, perhaps, coverings that you might need to improve the usability of your home. Over the past 12 months, we’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of homeowners looking to improve functionality, practicality and style in their homes. As a result of this, the number of queries into the different names has also begun to pop up.
When it comes to controlling light in all rooms of your home, the right blind really is an essential feature. And, when we look at the rising number of extensions, orangeries and conservatories that keep popping up, it’s no surprise that one of our most popular product is our roof lantern blinds. We already have the Ultimate Guide for Roof Lantern Blinds available over on our website for those looking to understand everything there is to know about these blinds. However, in this blog, we’ll cover the basic points you’ll want to consider when first choosing a roof lantern blind. So, let’s get into it.
As we continue to let more light into our homes, roof lantern windows are dramatically increasing in popularity. Orangeries, Atriums and conservatories are a fantastic way to open up your home, bringing light and openness into your home. Architects and specifiers are replacing traditional ceilings with glass roofs such as skypods, atriums, roof domes and pyramid windows (to name but a few of the horizontal roof windows on the market at the moment).
These glass roofs bring natural light and free solar energy into your home. But our orangeries and sunrooms are becoming unusable at times as they are too hot and bright in the summer and too cold in the winter.
Without a ROOF LANTERN blind you are very likely to experience the following:-
Heat Gain in the Summer
|TRANSMITTANCE: The suns rays pass through the glazing, hit objects in the room eg walls, furniture which absorb the radiation and radiate it back into the room: otherwise known as the GREENHOUSE EFFECT.|
|Heat Loss in the Winter||Even with the heating on you may find your orangery is cold during the WINTER and first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
Heat is lost through:-
CONDUCTION (Loss of heat through the glass of the window)
CONVECTION (THE DRAFT LOOP: Loss of heat through warm room air reaching the glass, cooling then cool air falling back into the room for you to have to re-heat)
AIR LEAKAGE (Heat lost through cracks in the frame or from ill fitting glass)
|GLARE||Harsh sunlight which prevents you watching tv and strains the eyes.|
So, in order to receive the maximum benefit from your roof window you will need to find a way to control your environment. Our answer is a LanternLITE™ Roof Lantern blind.
Skylight windows and roof lanterns are both popular choices when it comes to choosing roof windows. Both enable lashings of light to stream into the home. However, with such similar features, it can often be difficult for homeowners to differentiate between the two. Consequently, to help ensure you can identify these two types of roof windows, we’ve outlined some of the main differences between skylight windows and roof lanterns: