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Our Durable Access Hatches

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The purpose of a roof access hatch is to provide you with a permanent, safe and convenient access to and from the roof of a property. Fitted with galvanized steel bars, and internal gas rams, as well as an international closing mechanism, they are incredibly safe. In fact, research has shown that they are much safer to use when compared with conventional ladders, to ensure all roof-related tasks can be accomplished quickly and easily. In addition to this, they also offer brilliant ventilation options for your property and can be manufactured to a variety of sizes and offered with various features depending upon your request.

Here at Direct Rooflights, we have been manufacturing and supplying these hatches for several decades. Our range of access hatches are crafted by us to offer a brilliant quality product, alongside great value for money. When manufacturing them, we use only top-quality uPVC to provide strength and durability. Supplied with single, double, triple and quadruple skin options, they can be customised to enhance their durability to ensure that your hatch will continue to operate long after you’ve bought it.

Our products are tested by the British Research Establishment for non-fragility and prove to be the best value for money with their ability to stand up to the most conflicting conditions. As we supply you with the products that we supply and manufacture, our range is delivered directly to you, with a twelve-month warranty and already assembled to eliminate hassle-free installation.

Our team are available on hand to take any queries about our bespoke range so please call us on 01679 821166, or reach us via email at info@directrooflights.co.uk.

Where’s best to install your Rooflight?

Having an idea of what rooflight you want is good, but knowing the exact measurements, materials and placement of it can be quite the task. In this blog, we have put together a number of considerations that you need to take into account if you wish to get the best from your investment.

What

Firstly, the type of rooflight you select will depend on where you would like it installed. Our products range from flat to fixed and vented so it is important to know which rooflight will suit all your requirements. Begin by browsing through our products here to get more of an idea of the types that we offer.

Where

The orientation of your window is also essential to ensure that it doesn’t become the source of future problems. Research has shown that south-facing rooflights work to reduce winter heating and summer lighting costs in cooler climates. Whilst, north-facing rooflights help to cool a room down.

Why

As well as considering structural matters, it’s important to think about why you want your rooflight and how you use the room you’re installing it in as they can’t be easily moved or removed if and when you please. Make sure you are certain about the rooflight before committing.

Who

DIY rooflight installation is possible, but mistakes are easily made, consequences can be dangerous and often expensive to correct. We can make sure that you get a long lasting, high quality rooflight that will fulfil all of your requirements. We also provide practical advice so give us a call on 01670 821166, or email info@directrooflights.co.uk and you’ll know you’re in safe hands!

Improving Worker Productivity with Our Rooflights

We spend most of our time inside, which has been proven to take its toll on our bodies. Research shows that providing workers with access to lots of natural light has a huge impact on their productivity levels.

In this blog, we discuss the varying ways that daylight contributes to our physical and mental health, and how these affects can be minimised with our rooflights.

The Impact of Natural Light on Physical Health

A damaging side effect of not having the sufficient access to natural light is Vitamin D deficiency, which is essential for a number of our core bodily functions.

Artificial light can also contribute to several eye problems and migraines. LED lights in particular force the eye to work much harder in order to see, resulting in headaches and eye strain.

If you are looking for a robust yet minimalistic rooflight, offering a smart solution that allows natural light to fill the office, we recommend installing our polycarbonate roof lights.

The Impact of Natural Light on Mental Health

Working for lengthy periods of time without access to daylight increases the risk of developing mental health issues such as depression and bi polar. These disorders are linked to the disruption to our circadian rhythm. Recently, research has shown that natural light helps people to be generally happier, calmer and less susceptible to the impact of stress.

In order to ensure your workers are receiving optimum exposure to natural light, we offer a range of glass rooflights, perfect for any business looking for their space to feel bigger and look brighter whilst still achieving maximum access to natural light. Our rooflights – in comparison to a traditional window – are much more effective and can be fitted in listed buildings where new window openings in walls are not allowed. This is because they do not impact the look of the building from the outside but allow maximum light exposure on the inside.

If you would like to know more information on our rooflights range, please call our experienced team on 01670 821166. Alternatively, please email us at info@directrooflights.co.uk.

Maintaining Your Rooflights the Right Way

We are proud that the rooflights we design, manufacture and supply have a guaranteed lifespan of over 20 years if maintained correctly.

In order to ensure the maximum lifespan – as with any fittings – we would recommend that you carry out regular maintenance, and with summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to complete this task.

As such, we advise you carry out the following:

Regular Cleaning

Typically, and in comparison to standard windows, rooflights are more prone to getting dirtier in a shorter period of time as they are exposed to elements such as air pollution, rainwater and bird dropping. Unfortunately, this cannot be avoided but they can be easily cleaned both on the interior and exterior using any standard glass cleaning solutions like warm water mixed with a mild detergent. We recommend doing this every six-months using a soft cloth or sponge.

Hard brushes accompanied with harsh cleaning solutions should never be used to clean your rooflight. If in doubt, always check the label of any solution you are using for further advice.

Alternatively, we offer glazing solutions with self-cleaning glass options within our bespoke range of duraglaze glass rooflights, click here for more info.

Avoid Condensation

Condensation generally occurs in the atmosphere when warm air rises, cools and loses its capacity to hold water vapor. To avoid this happening, we recommend that you purchase/use an extractor fan in the kitchen or bathroom and, try drying your clothes outside whenever possible. Circulating the air regularly will also help to reduce condensation, this can be done by opening your windows to release some of the warm, moist air that is trapped in the house.

Any further questions?

If you have any questions or require any further advice on maintaining your rooflights, please call our office on 01670 821166. Or drop us your enquiry at info@directorooflights.co.uk.

DIY tips for Easter with Direct Rooflights

Easter weekend marks the start for many homeowners digging out their toolboxes and rolling up their sleeves to tackle long overdue jobs. Typically, this can involve a lot of work which can be stressful. However, the trick to an easy fix is knowing exactly what you want.

To help you, we have put together a few ideas to guide you through your renovations:

Add a Rooflight

A rooflight is an easy and cost-effective way to add some natural light into a room and provide a modern update. The rooflight can act as a focal feature, especially if you like a minimalistic look, due to the amount of light coming from it. A loft conversion will also benefit greatly from a skylight as they give the illusion of space to an otherwise small area.

Lighten up your colour palette

Light colours and whites reflect natural light better than darker colours. So, a good tip is to paint walls in cool tones to maximise natural light and bring some of the sunshine and energy of the new season into your home. Use colours such as blue – greys, whites and yellow and coordinate your furniture to suit.

Make the most of a small space

Exploit the often-under-utilized space between the tops of furniture and a room’s ceiling with hanging or high- mounted elements. Take bookcases or cabinets all the way up the wall – it’ll make the room feel higher. Pair with mirrors throughout the space to make it feel larger, lighter and airier.

We hope you found these tips helpful and we hope you enjoy your spring DIY!

Building Regulations for Rooflights

Building regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to virtually every building. The regulations are developed by the UK government and are set to ensure the safety and health for people in or about those buildings.

Meeting the requirements of the building regulations is the responsibility of the person carrying out the building work and the owner of the building.

We ensure that each and every one of our products are extremely good quality – meeting all regulations – as well as being at a reasonable price. With the 60 years’ experience in manufacturing, we train all our employees to the highest standards to produce top quality products.

Since all of our products are developed directly from us in Northumberland, you can be assured that your rooflight will meet and often exceed British industry standards. This is why we are recognised as being one of the most reliable and largest distributors of rooflights in the UK.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us either by telephone on 01670 821166 or email at info@directrooflights.co.uk.

Flat Roof Lights

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Perfect for brightening up your indoor space

Flat roof lights are a great feature to have in any room. Aesthetically, the design of the frame makes it barely visible from the inside of your building yet the maximum amount of light to come through still passes. Other than the aesthetics, studies have shown that people thrive better both mentally and physically as a result of increased exposure to natural light.

If you have a flat roof either in your home or office space, a great way to brighten up what can often be a very dull space without good lighting, is to have a flat roof light installed and enjoy one of the earth’s natural resources – the sun.

With our range of flat roof lights, you can reduce your reliance of artificial lighting through the summer months. And the lessened dependency on artificial lighting can help reduce the use of electricity by as much as 10%, saving you money on your bills.

Through regularly opening your rooflight, which is very easy to do providing you follow the instructions that accompany all Direct Rooflights products, you can allow built up warm air to be naturally released, thus increasing the ventilation and cutting out the production of harmful organisms.

A full range of high-performance glass options are available in either double or triple glazing with various tints that can reduce solar gain and glare. If you would like to discuss more about your flat rooflight options, please call 01670 821166 or send us an email at info@directrooflights.co.uk.
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Our Glass Rooflight Range

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Our professional glass rooflights fulfil a wide array of purposes, from providing ventilation for smoke to providing extra security for your premises. Within our Duraglaze glass rooflight range, we offer the following:

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Our Duraglaze glass rooflights are fixed with a minimalistic framework design whereby maximum daylight exposure can be achieved.

Duraglaze P Glass Rooflight

Offered in a range of high-quality glass options such as self-cleaning and solar controlled, the Duraglaze glass rooflight boasts a superb part ‘L’ compliant roof glazing solution at a very competitive cost.

Duraglaze T Glass Rooflight

Designed to be installed into flat roof applications. The glazing is secured by way of bonding the glass to the framework and finishes with a perimeter silicone seal to the external glass and frame edges.

Duraglaze Plus Glass Rooflight

Our Duraglaze Plus Glass Rooflight is available as fixed, vented or hinged units. You can choose between manually or electrically operated openings. The Duraglaze Plus range comes with a kerb.

If you’re looking for a glass rooflight, then look no further. To find out more, call us today on 01670 821166 or e-mail us at info@directrooflights.co.uk.

Custom-made Rooflights

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One of the main benefits of buying your rooflight direct from the manufacturer is the ability to create your own custom-made dimensions.

Duraglaze T Trapezoid technical drawingOur rooflights can be tailor-made to your specifications whilst remaining high quality and at a low cost. We offer our rooflights in an array of the most common sizes, which can be found across our website, however our full range can also be made to individual requirements at our customer’s request.

With our knowledgeable and skilled team, we can guide customers and help them to create the best size required for their roof and design goals. All homes are different and people require different things from their rooflight whether it’s natural light or ventilation, by offering our custom made sizing options we can help you to create a rooflight that best meets your interior needs.

As well as creating your own dimensions for your rooflight, we offer an array of options so that you can design every aspect to create your perfect skylight. We offer both glass and polycarbonate rooflights, each coming with their own set of unique options. For glass roof lights, you can choose between our clear, self-cleaning or solar controlled range. For polycarbonate roof lights, there are options such as clear, diffused, white or bronze. If you would like to discuss more about your options or start creating your perfect roof light, please get in touch with us on 01670 821166 or send us an email at info@directrooflights.co.uk.

Six Benefits of UPVC Frames You Didn’t Know

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You’ve decided to buy a rooflight – you want clear glass, double glazed, hatch access but what about the frame? There’s many factors to consider when purchasing a rooflight, here we give you six of the best reasons why a UPVC frame will be the perfect fit.

1. Easy to Maintain

A UPVC rooflight frame provides a smooth finish which not only looks good but means it is easy to maintain and wipe clean. The ease of maintenance means that the UPVC rooflight will last longer than other materials.

2. Great Thermal Properties

A UVPC frame is also a good way to save money on your heating bills. While you may have double glazed glass in your rooflights, insulation qualities of the frame can be equally important. UPVC material is renowned for its thermal properties – saving you money and it is better for the environment.

3. It Looks Nice

As well as matching windows and French doors in your house, a UPVC frame is aesthetically pleasing. With a smooth finish the material won’t rust, rot, flake or fade meaning it will stay looking good for longer.

4. Durable Material

UPVC is a very durable material, withstanding more than metal or wood – which can be essential in the unpredictable UK weather.

5. Almost Soundproof

As well as not letting cold air in, the UPVC frame is also efficient at keeping outside noise out. Though rooflights are not completely soundproof, a UPVC frame does help to stop you hearing too much outside noise in your home.

6. It’s High Quality and Cost Effective

They are a cost effective frame. Possibly the most important reason for some is that a UPVC frame is less costly than other materials whilst still being of the highest quality.

Still not convinced or want to know more? Get in touch with your knowledgeable sales team on 01670 821166 or info@directrooflights.co.uk.

Why Buy Rooflights Direct from a Manufacturer?

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As one of the very few manufacturers in the UK of rooflights, we have put together seven benefits to buy rooflights directly from a manufacturer and why Direct Rooflights is a key supplier of choice:

 

  1. UK Manufacturer

You know where your rooflight is coming from. If you buy from Direct Rooflights our products are all made on our own site in Northumberland which spans more than 85,000 square feet.

 

  1. More Choice

There is a greater variety to choose from. Not everyone has the same amount of space for a skylight and when you order direct you can choose from a range of styles and sizes that may not be available from some suppliers.

 

  1. It’s Cheaper

When you buy rooflights directly from the manufacturer, it’s much more cost effective than buying from a middle man company. When you buy direct you will get the product for the lowest price.

 

  1. Delivered Direct

When you order from a manufacturing company you get the product delivered directly to your door. There’s no extra waiting time for your delivery as it is produced and distributed from our Northumberland site.

 

  1. Warranty

Buy rooflights from Direct Rooflights directly, gives you a 12 month warranty.

 

  1. Ready assembled

When your rooflight is delivered it is already fully assembled making it easy to fit.

 

  1. Knowledgeable Staff

All of our skylights are designed and manufactured by a team of highly trained staff . As we produce the product onsite our staff have full technical knowledge of our products that a second supplier may not have.

 

If you want to know more benefits of buying roof lights direct get in touch through email: info@directrooflights.co.uk, our contact form, or give us a call on 01670 821166.

Benefits of Flat Rooflights

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If you have a flat roof in either your home or office space, a great way to brighten up what can often be a very dull space without good lighting is to have a flat roof light installed and enjoy one of the earth’s natural resources – the sun.

Flat rooflights, also known as skylights, offer a broad range of benefits, including:

Increase the Ventilation in Your Property

Through regularly opening your rooflight, which is very easy to do following the instructions provided with all of Direct Rooflights products, you can allow built up warm air to be naturally released, thus increasing the ventilation and creating a more hospitable environment

Increase the Aesthetics of Your Building

Flat roof lights are a great feature to have and studies have shown that people thrive better both mentally and physically when exposed to natural light.

Increase Your Energy Efficiency

Reduce the need during the summer months to have your lighting on all of the time and let the natural light fill the room via a roof light.

Want to know about our range of flat rooflights that are all manufactured onsite in our extensive facilities at Direct Rooflights? Either call us on 01670 821166 or leave an enquiry at info@directrooflights.co.uk.