Flat roof windows, roof lanterns, or skylights – How to choose the right blind

In mid-2019, the government changed the Permitted Development rights to make extending your home easier. These grants allow homeowners to undertake certain works on their homes without the need to apply for planning permission. For many, it now means that commissioning a single or double-storey extension to their home has become more affordable. Pair this with the fact that we have an ageing population with more multi-generational homes and the need for space is ever-increasing, we expect to see the number of extension projects continue to rise in line with this. 

LanternLITE Honeycomb Roof Lantern Blind

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5 Reasons Why You Need A Roof Lantern Blind

 Here at Skylight Blinds Direct, we’ve noticed an increase in interest in our roof lantern blind. In 2020, the interior design platform Houzz saw an increase of 52% when it came to requests for home extensions. In a year where we’ve spent more time together than ever, it seems that the need to find more space in our homes will continue to rise. For many homeowners, a single-floor extension is a perfect solution. Designed and created in-house, these custom-crafted blinds are made specifically to help you manage light and privacy in your new spaces. 
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Roof Lantern Blinds VS Skylight Blinds – What style do you need?

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. 

An image showing the difference between skylight blinds and roof lantern blinds

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How much are roof lantern blinds?

How much are Roof Lantern Blinds?   The most asked question we get and quite simple for us to answer.  But first we need to know how big is your roof lantern?  The size of your roof lantern window will influence which blind we recommend to you.

For sizses up to 3m wide and 3m long you can opt for either the Honeycomb LanternLITE™ roof lantern blind or the Zip LanternLITE™ roof lanern blind.

So how much do roof lantern blinds cost?

Cost of Honeycomb roof lantern blind 3m x 3m :-

Electric roof lantern blind cost : £1673 inc VAT and delivery (supply only)

Manual roof lantern blind cost : £1300 inc VAT and delivery (supply only)

More information on Honeycomb LanternLITE™ roof lantern blinds

Roof Lantern Blind Honeycomb LanternLITE™
Honeycomb LanternLITE™ blinds are the most versatile roof lantern blind on the market.

Cost of Zip roof lantern blind 3m x 3m :-

Electric roof lantern blind cost : £2742 inc VAT and delivery (supply only)

Manual zip roof lantern blind cost : Not recommended (very heavy to operate)

More information on Zip LanternLITE™ roof lantern blinds

LanternLITE™ Zip roof lantern blind
LanternLITE™ ZIP roof lantern blinds are a sleek wire free easy to install roof lantern blind.

If you would like a quote for any sizes up to and including these sizes on either or both of these roof lantern types please message us.

The Zip roof lantern blinds are restricted to a maximum square meterage of 9 square meters but you can go for a blind that is up to 4.1m long as long as the width doesn’t take the area above 9 square meters.

The honeycomb blind is not only a cheaper option but is also a much more flexible product size wise.  We can make blinds up to 3m wide and 8m long with our Twin Honeycomb LanternLITE™ blind.  Please message us for prices if you have a massive roof lantern that needs a blind.

More information on honeycomb LanternLITE™ blinds

If you would like a quote for any sizes up to and including these sizes on either or both of these roof lantern types please message us.

Prices correct of January 2020

LanternLITE™ DIY Roof Lantern Blinds
LanternLITE™ DIY Roof Lantern Blinds

Roof Lantern Blinds – Where do I start?


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. 

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Image: LanternLITE Zip Roller Roof Lantern Blind.
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Case Studies : Twin Honeycomb LanternLITE™

Mr Pritchett : Rugby UK

The challenge:

Mr Pritchett had a bit of a problem.  He had a fantastic and massive roof lantern window which was 1690mm x 5210mm.  The problem was the light in the orangery was immense, this caused many problems for him including strong glare all day long meaning it was an uncomfortable room to be in.  He was unable to watch the tv and the room was extremely hot.  He had contacted many companies who were unable to provide a roof lantern blind so big.  He eventually found a company but their quote was more than he was prepared to spend.

There was also another challenge!  He had no electricity in his roof space and it was difficult to get electricity there, so he thought that a motorised blind was not a possibility and he would have to settle for a manual solution (which was not ideal).

Mr Pritchett also had a set of bi-folding doors each with a glass size of 70mm wide x 1800mm drop, and there were 7 doors.

The solution:-

Due to the size of the roof lantern, we suggested the Solar powered/battery operated electric Twin Honeycomb LanternLITE™ blind.   This is the Twin version of our very popular Honeycomb LanternLITE™ roof blind that we spoke about in detail in our previous article.  This clever blind is essentially 2 blinds in one.  One blind is on the left and one is on the right and they draw in to the centre of the roof space when closed to meet in the middle without a gap.  When the blinds are open they retract back neatly with a small stack at either end of the blind.  Each blind travels on discreet steel guidewires which prevent sagging and provide a strong structure for the blind to move backwards and forwards on.   The total system is supported on a discrete white shelving system which is 25mm deep.

The Solar powered/battery operated electricTwin Honeycomb LanternLITE™ blind works with the Somfy Tilt 25 motor which is situated in the head of each blind.  There is then a rechargeable battery pack and solar panel fitted discretely above the end of each blind.  The blind should work effectively for up to 6 months until it needs a top up with the charger that we provide.  Charging the blinds could not be simpler, just release the charging wire from each end of the blind.  This wire dangles into the reveal, attach the charger provided over-night and then you are good to go for another 6 months.

The bifold door blinds were simple.  We supplied matching blinds on a manual Benthin system and they really finished the room off.  We think if you have a roof lantern blind it is always best practice to have matching bi-folding door blinds.

What the customer says:-

“The blinds look fantastic! They are easy to use and the glare has completely gone.  I can watch the tv now without sunglasses on and the room is also much cooler.  I am so glad that I was brave an went with the charcoal coloured fabric as it looks really modern and bold.   The delivery was also hassle free with the office keeping me updated all the time and bringing the blind on their own lorry rather than subcontracting the delivery which could have caused unnecessary damages”.

Electric Twin Honeycomb LanternLITE™ blind

Electric Twin Honeycomb LanternLITE™ blind

 

Twin LanternLITE™ Honeycomb blind retracted

Twin LanternLITE™ Honeycomb blind retracted

 

Twin LanternLITE™ Honeycomb blind closed

Twin LanternLITE™ Honeycomb blind closed

 

Matching bifold door blinds

Matching bifold door blinds

If you are interested in our Honeycomb LanternLITE™ blinds whether it be for a massive roof lantern or for a smaller roof lantern window please contact us.

https://www.skylight-blinds-direct.co.uk/skylight-roof-lantern-honeycomb-blinds-lanternlite.html

Drop us an email as sales@skylight-blinds-direct.co.uk or give us a ring on 0800 008 6293.

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The Ultimate Guide To Roof Lantern Blinds

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.

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Open Plan Living – How to dress your conservatory and orangery windows properly

As a nation, we are obsessed with the outdoors. And who can blame us? The English countryside is one of the most beautiful in the world. From our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) through to our conservation areas , it seems only fair that we strive to bring this beauty into our home. Many opt for artwork or patterned wallpaper to achieve this. However one of the most popular ways of both increasing house value and bringing the outdoors in are conservatories.

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Skylight Blinds Loft Conversion Guide: Skylight Windows Explained

Now comes one of our favourite things to discuss, skylight windows. As specialists in this form of window blind, it is our job to help educate you on the different options out there. Before we can get to the dressing stage of your renovation, you need to choose the right windows for your new room. Today, we’re going to talking you through the different kinds of skylight windows available on the market. Using this, and the expertise of your architect/builder, you’ll be better placed to make an informed decision. So, read on to discover everything you need to know about skylight windows.

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Roof Lanterns or Skylight Windows : What’s the Difference?

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:

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