Roof Lanterns

From traditional pitched roof lanterns to contemporary aluminium roof lanterns built with bespoke dimensions, these unobtrusive structures make a tasteful addition to any home, commercial building, or venue. Read on to find out everything that you need to know about how you can illuminate and improve your space with a roof lantern from Burton Roofing.

What are the different types of roof lanterns?


Aluminium roof lanterns

Ever-popular styles like Korniche roof lanterns are constructed with lightweight, versatile aluminium. Available in an array of different colours and finishes, aluminium makes a foolproof, high-quality option for roof lanterns of any size, style or shape.

Contemporary roof lanterns add rustic charm to any building and, if professionally installed, seamlessly enhance both the exterior and interior of your home or commercial building. Choosing an aluminium roof lantern is a great way to incorporate a subtle, sleek contrast.

UPVC roof lanterns

If you’re looking for a traditional, pyramid-style roof lantern with a more affordable price point than those made with aluminium frames, we’d recommend choosing a PVCu roof lantern.

Opting for a PVC lantern means that you’ll still enjoy all the usual benefits and the understated look of a glass roof lantern, just with a slightly different structural core. Both aluminium and PVC make popular choices for windows and roof lanterns of all kinds, and both materials boast durable quality with very low maintenance requirements.

Flat roof lanterns

A roof lantern is a fantastic way to open up any interior but works particularly well for buildings with an existing flat roof, transforming the space entirely. Furthermore, a specialist roof lantern skylight could add depth and texture to your space.

If you’re looking for a slightly different design feature to make your home feel unique, why not consider circular roof lanterns? For a more compact aesthetic, our excellent range of VELUX sun tunnels could be best suited to your needs.

What are the benefits of using a roof lantern?


  • Stunning design feature

Regardless of the type of building onto which they’re installed, roof lanterns make an exceptional showpiece feature. While they’re effectively just a ceiling window, intelligent angular designs and durable, purpose-built materials give roof lanterns effortless charm and stylish, practical ergonomics.

  • Increased ceiling height

In buildings or rooms with a flat roof, it’s easy to feel cramped or crowded. However, adding even a small roof lantern could considerably improve the height, offering a lofty, spacious feel. If you choose to install a roof lantern in a central position within a room, this feature could also encourage your family to spend quality time together, perhaps around the dining table.

  • Natural light

Compared to other roof light solutions like flat rooflights, roof lanterns boast superior abilities to channel and disperse natural light inside your home. If you suffer from seasonal affective disorder, installing a roof lantern could be one way to guarantee increased exposure to all-important sunlight, helping to boost your wellbeing.

  • Energy efficiency

By limiting the need for artificial lighting, roof lanterns could contribute to reducing your household electricity costs. Plus, during the warmer months of the year, roof lanterns help to maintain internal temperatures for longer, improving your home’s thermal efficiency.

Furthermore, if your roof is suitable for a sliding roof lantern or any other kind of roof lantern with an aperture, you’ll enjoy improved temperature control in your home. Nothing feels quite like a cool breeze on a summer’s day – and you could achieve just that with your new roof lantern.

How should a roof lantern be installed?

Installation methods used for roof lanterns vary depending on several factors. The shape and architectural design of your home or building will lay the foundations, and your preferred materials will then determine the specific methods used. For instance, for luxury timber roof lanterns, it might take a little bit longer to find the perfect match.

All you need to do is choose a spot for your new roof lantern and we’ll do the rest. Whether you’d like a showpiece kitchen roof lantern to illuminate your dining area or an oversized roof lantern above an indoor pool, we’ve got you covered. It’s unlikely that you’ll need planning permission to have a roof lantern installed, but it’s always important to check with your local authority first.

If you’ve decided that a roof lantern will be the perfect finishing touch to your home but you need to prioritise privacy from prying neighbours, we’d recommend opting for a frosted, tinted or glazed roof lantern. Unlike conventional glass roof lanterns, these materials will reflect light or blur your interior while still allowing plenty of natural light inside.

If you have an eye for detail, meanwhile, it could be a good idea to include charming lantern roof lights, drawing attention to your roof lantern at night.

Why should I buy a roof lantern from Burton Roofing?

With over 35 years’ experience in the trade, we certainly know a thing or two about roofing solutions, including the installation of specialist roof lanterns. Even if it’s a small roof lantern you’re looking for, we’ll try our best to meet your requirements and exceed your expectations.

Don’t just take our word for it, though. Our commitment to providing outstanding customer service, high-quality products and affordable prices has earned us hundreds of ‘Excellent’ ratings on Trustpilot. We offer next-day delivery to our UK customers on all orders placed before 2pm – so there’s never been a better time to finish your extension or conversion project with a roof lantern.

If you’re a business owner or a contractor looking to add timeless style to your entertaining space, get in touch to ask about our exclusive orangery roof lanterns or any other tailored commercial roof lantern installations. Simply speak to our friendly team of experts today by calling 0800 124 4431 or by emailing

You’re always welcome to head down to your nearest depot to see our sterling selection of roof lanterns in person before you choose one, too.

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