A roof lantern is a faceted glass structure, typically installed into a flat roof, that maximises natural light and ventilation into the space below.
As well as flooding the room with light, a roof lantern will also give the impression of elevating a low ceiling and will add extraordinary wow-factor to an otherwise ordinary space
For this reason, roof lanterns are a feature in themselves and do not always need to form part of a larger extension project. In built up areas, for example, where space to extend is at a premium, roof lanterns sit well above an otherwise dark and forgotten transition space in a property, such as above a stairwell or hallway.
Equally, properties that do not benefit from a consistent stream of natural daylight due to their orientation will also benefit from having a roof lantern as this will allow a more constant light into the room from above.
How Westbury makes roof lanterns
Westbury roof lantern designs feature clean symmetrical lines and create incredible architectural impact both inside and out. Each and every one of our roof lanterns is made to order using a combination of the latest technologies, high-quality materials, and skilled craftsmanship.
Our roof lanterns are made using engineered knot free timber which is sustainable and durable while the finials are made from resin, offering unparalleled longevity compared to solid wood which may split or cause water ingress over time
The engineered timber sections are paired with high-spec double glazing and aluminium capping for a high-quality end product that looks beautiful, functions exceptionally and is very low maintenance. We supply and install roof lanterns for many homeowners but we also support architects and specifiers with a full in-house design service (including detailed drawings and 1:20 kerb detail drawings).
Our roof lantern projects incorporate intricate designs and careful manufacturing in order to ensure they meet the unique specifications of any given project. There is no project too big or too small and we are able to make roof lanterns to meet any pitch and size requirements, while ensuring they will complement the existing architecture and surroundings of the property.
Westbury lanterns are double glazed with 4-16-4 toughened panes, filled with argon gas and sealed with a Low E coating as standard to ensure optimal performance all year round. We also offer the option to upgrade the glazing to laminated, low-maintenance, or solar reflective glass if required.
Our high tech glazing reduces heat transmission, which leads to energy savings and ensures the room maintains a consistent temperature throughout all seasons. Thermostatic ventilation sashes in the roof lantern improve airflow and can be adjusted by the homeowner to open or close as the room meets a set temperature, or to close if it begins to rain.
Unique design process
As with all Westbury products, we offer a full, in-house, bespoke design service with a prompt turnaround time. We plan and design our roof lanterns with room shape, size, and proportions in mind to ensure the end result is an impressive, balanced design, tailor made to suit both customer and home.
For example, a rectangular room will lend itself well to a rectangular lantern, however, two square lanterns may also serve to highlight distinct zones or focal points of the room, helping to define the space below. We also craft octagonal lantern projects which create the impression of a curvaceous dome, or tiered lanterns in all shapes which can add a greater sense of space and grandeur to a room.
Below is a video of our Westbury staff building a rectangular timber roof lantern in our workshop in rural Essex. If you would like to visit the workshop to see the skill and enthusiasm that goes into every Westbury project, please call us to arrange an appointment.