The aluminium lantern roof, flat roof or aluminium roof light is a very popular product and an integral part of the modern home extension.
The range of aluminium roofs today is diverse featuring a variety of systems in virtually unlimited designs, sizes colours. When it comes to a lantern roof, a rooflight or other type of glazed roof product, aluminium is now accepted as the leading product.
There is an enormous amount of choice in aluminium roof products to suit a traditional or highly contemporary design.
Modern aluminium roofs now feature advanced glazing, slim sightlines, excellent thermal performance and long product guarantees. The roofing industry has also evolved to make these very popular products simple for builders and window companies to install.
The roofing industry has also evolved to make these very popular products simple for builders and window companies to install.
Aluminium Roof Brands and Systems.
The homeowner and the trade has a huge choice of roof products on the market.
Despite this, there aren’t that many systems on the market and many established roof products are existing systems that are re-branded or customised to be sold under a different name. This aside all are very high-quality products that are slimmer, better and more thermally efficient than ever before.
This aside all are very high-quality products that are slimmer, better and more thermally efficient than ever before.
The majority of roofing systems on the market can be used as a stand-alone aluminium lantern roof or roof light or integrated into a conservatory or orangery design. Some of the best-known brands are listed below.
Altas Glazed Roofs
Atlas glazed roofs are supplied to the trade and are one of the thinnest, strongest and lightest aluminium roofs on the market. Atlas roofs are widely used by the home improvement sector, favoured for the elegance and superior performance. Atlas roofs are also one of the most thermally efficient roofs on the market. The latest product from Atlas is the 2.0 Lantern Roof.
Atlas Roofs are engineered using the box mullion philosophy found in commercial curtain walling. The result is that Atlas aluminium roofs use 40mm box rafters that make for a very visually appealing appearance inside, where it matters.
The Atlas roof product range comprises Lantern Roofs, Conservatory and Orangery Roofs, Lean-to roofs, Flat rooflights, Verandah roofs and systems for commercial buildings. For a modular orangery, the Atlas Skyroom is also available.
Kestrel Aluminium Flat Rooflight.
Birmingham based Kestrel Aluminium systems offer a contemporary aluminium flat rooflight available as a fixed rooflight, a ventilation rooflight as well as one designed for egress. The Kestrel Flat Rooflight when ordered as a fixed model also provides a walk-on facility. The ventilation model provides up to 360mm opening for airflow with the egress flat rooflight allowing access to flat roofs and other areas.
Kestrel flat rooflights provide thermal efficiency, are easy to fabricate and install and provide a frameless appearance when viewed from the inside. They’re also available with a choice of glass options and polyester powder coated finishes.
Korniche Roof Lantern.
The Korniche roof lantern is supplied by Made for Trade and marketed as a latest generation aluminium roof. One of the features around the Korniche aluminium roof is easy-fit technology that reduces installation time for fitters on site. The aluminium roof offers thermally insulated sections, slim sight lines and works well with other home improvement products in any stand-alone roof application or as part of a new orangery. Other features of the slimline Korniche roof lantern include patented end boss sections, consistent sight lines and invisible fixings.
Q-Lon seals are different from conventional rubbers and these are used throughout the Korniche roof. Q-Lon gaskets in combination with liquid silicone rubber remove the need for extensive silicone application found on other types of roofs. A unique glazing retainer also available. The glazing retainer does away with the need for glass locks at the end and eaves closures. Korniche lantern roofs can be made at up to 6 metres by 4 metres.
Synseal Stratus Aluminium Lantern Roof.
The Synseal Stratus Lantern roof is one of the latest products to enter the roofing market. It is provided by Synseal, one of the biggest and most respected systems companies in the UK.
Synseal Stratus roofs are high end, refined roofs with thermally insulated aluminium profiles. A modern lantern roof system offering comfort, impressive aesthetics and high performance.
The Stratus aluminium roof is available in 2-way, 3-way or a contemporary design with sizes up to 3 metres wide and 6 metres in length. It features thermally insulated profiles with a range of thoughtful capping pieces and purpose-designed extrusions.
Sunsquare Aluminium Rooflights and Lanterns
The architectural range of rooflights from Sunsquare is high specification aluminium products in all manner of manual and automatic styles and types. Sunsquare rooflights also come as single or double skylights, Pyramid skylights as well as internal and external walk-on glass rooflights as just part of their range.
One of the newest products from Sunsquare is the Aero Pyramid product. This is an electric opening lantern roof that does away with having full opening windows in the lantern roof. Instead, the entire module opens thirty degrees to provide ventilation when needed.
Ultraframe is one of the world leaders in the design and extrusion of conservatory roofing systems. The Ultraframe aluminium roof primarily features a PVCu core with aluminium glazing bar cappings, ridge bodies, finials and cresting as well as flashings and gutters if required.
Ultraframe roofing systems come in a wide range of different product groups such as Loggia, Classic, Orangery, Verandah, Utopia, Ultralite 500 and Portals.
Howells Glazing is a very well known company in the glass roofing industry providing an advanced range of aluminium roof systems. Their product line is diverse providing roof solutions for residential properties and the most sophisticated atria found in commercial buildings.
Howells Glazing offer over 14 different roof products ranging from lantern roofs, double hipped roof lights, pitched roofs, Dodecagon roof systems octagonal roofs, skylights and even Hexadecagon rooflights with 16 sides. For anyone looking for a standard or highly bespoke roof, Howells glazing has a long reputation in quality aluminium roofs.
Roofmaker offers a range of skylights for flat roofs with high insulation, performance glass and a choice of designs. Roofmaker products feature very slim profiles, no ridge pieces, are 100% aluminium in their construction and feature a built-in upstand.
Roofmaker provides a complete range of contemporary roofs including fixed, opening, pitched, pyramid and walk on glass rooflights.
KATpod Aluminium Roofs.
KATpod Aluminium Roofs are provided by KAT UK, a leading trade supplier of aluminium and PVCu windows and doors. KATpod is based upon an already successful roof system and features slim lines, excellent thermal performance, a bespoke roof facility and ultra-thin roof bars and ridges. KATpod roofs are available in standard stock white, black or anthracite grey colours.
Prefix systems have been established for some years in the UK serving the home improvement sector with a range of roof systems for the UK. The Prefix Systems product line is very diverse covering a range of Skylights, Conservatory and Orangery Roofs, Roofs for canopies, verandas, glass extensions and flat rooflights.
Prefix Systems are also behind the innovative Refurbish My Conservatory Scheme. Refurbish My Conservatory by Prefix offers a great home solution for homeowners with an old conservatory. The core elements of the original structure are retained, with other items replaced with the most energy efficient and latest generation materials. Refurbish My Conservatory transforms an old, leaking and uncomfortable conservatory into a modern, usable room.
Quantal Roof System.
Quantal Aluminium Roof Systems are part of Ultraframe and offer a range of roof solutions. In the product range are Quantal Aluminium Conservatories, Quantal Aluminium Orangeries, Quantal Atrium, Quantal Loggia, Livin’Room and a range of coloured roofing systems.
Titan Flat Edge Rooflight.
New to the market, Titan Flat Rooflights, has modern looks and a seamless flush glass edge look. The product comes designed with a different look to the outside of the product, relying less on trims and edging materials found on some other brands of aluminium rooflight.
For aluminium rooflights, there is a huge amount of choice. Rooflights are available in different styles to suit the requirement and the property. There is the option of fixed roof lights, opening rooflights, pyramid roofs, lanterns and contemporary roofs featuring the bare minimum of glazing bars.
Walk on Glass Rooflights.
Walk on roof lights are one of the most popular products for their ability to provide light while having the strength to be walked on or stood on. They feature high strength laminated and toughened double or triple glazing as well as a range of anti-slip glass if required.
Walk on rooflights can be installed in a patio, provide light to a basement and can even be used to highlight a particular feature of a property while keeping it protected. Sizes of up to 3 metres in length are possible with many walk-on glass rooflight systems.
Conservatories and Orangeries. General information.
A conservatory or orangery is the ultimate addition to a home and a substantial investment. Guaranteed to add value to any property, this is an extension in traditional bricks and mortar combined with the light and airy style of an orangery or conservatory. Both create additional living space in the home.
Modern aluminium conservatories are available in the traditional styles such as Georgian, Edwardian, Victorian, P-Shaped or lean-to styles. It can also be designed to a particular style.
For many years, conservatories may have been constructed from PVCu, but rarely without some form of aluminium capping, aluminium finials and crests and aluminium supports. While a PVCu conservatory was cost efficient and desirable, it needs aluminium competently for strength.
Aluminium conservatory roofs have also been attractive and the architect’s choice and for a good reason. From elegant homes to high-rise buildings, it is the strength, lifetime performance and appearance of aluminium that building professionals rely upon.
In many conservation areas, authorities now accept the fully recyclable aluminium framing as a real alternative to the traditional hardwood they have traditionally specified.
Not all conservatories will require planning. It is, however, smart to check that a property allows the homeowner to build one. This advice typically comes from a local conservatory professional.
Modern conservatory and orangery products have moved into a more modular construction that is more comfortable and useable all year round. Products such as the Livin’Room from Ultraframe, the Atlas Skyroom and others offer a complete build solution that can integrate all types of windows, bifolding or sliding doors as well as lighting and other accessories.
What about refurbishing old aluminium conservatories?
There are today several excellent products available in a variety of materials, designed to bring a new lease of life to an old, unused conservatory. With so many early conservatories fitted with single or twin-wall polycarbonate sheet, or early-generation toughened glass units, these are often too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer.
There is a choice of hybrid materials, complete roof replacements as well as a combination of glass and a built roof as just some solutions for replacing old aluminium conservatory roofs with a more modern and energy efficient material. These are mostly intended to work with the existing conservatory door and window ‘walls’ as well as the base work.
For aluminium, check out insulated conservatory roof panels with thick insulation and a durable powder coated finish. These excellent conservatory roof refurbishment products offer a very cost-effective way to transform an old conservatory into a quiet, energy efficient and more comfortable conservatory that you can use all year round.