While the structure of a building is, essentially, what separates the impressive properties from the mundane, glass panels and rooflights can transform standard homes and properties.

After all, most domestic houses cannot compete with specialist high-rise buildings like The Chard and other dramatic London skyscrapers, however, perhaps adding a glass roof lantern to your roof, could let in more natural light and add the feeling of space and sophistication to your home’s interior?

When it comes to homes and property, most of us have a standard terraced, semi-detached or detached home that is love, however basic it is, in terms of its architectural design. The simple touch of adding a roof lantern can not only add a central focal point to your home’s interior, it can allow more natural light into the building, giving it a more spacious and sophisticated aesthetic.

Do you need planning permission to have a roof light installed in your house?

Generally, planning permission is not required when roof lanterns or skylights will not project more than 150mm from the existing roof plane. If the window will be side facing, windows should be obscure glazed. The height of any openings must be 1.7m above the floor at minimum. In addition, any new developments to your home should not reach above the peak height of the existing roof structure.

It should be noted, however, that these are the planning permission guidelines for houses, and not flats, maisonettes and other domestic properties. If you would like to install a roof lantern in another type of property, it is important to seek professional advice so that you can be sure you have adequate permission for the property expansion.

Types of roof lanterns for your home

While skylights and roof lights are ideal for loft rooms and sloping roofs, there are various types of roof lanterns for flat roofs that add luxury appeal to a property.

Types of roof lanterns include:

Curved Lanterns

A curved roof lantern is essentially a domed roof lantern that protrudes outwards from the roof structure. The great thing about curved lanterns is the fact that it maximises and magnifies the amount of natural light entering the property.

Oak Lanterns

While roof lanterns are available in both timber and oak, oak roof lanterns tend to be seen as the most prestigious type of roof lantern, due to the great reputation oak holds as a British wood.

Architectural Lanterns

Architectural Lanterns are ultimately roof lanterns that make a statement in a property. These types of roof lanterns are designed for grandeur, prestige and will undoubtedly impress any visitor to the property.

Make a statement

Therefore, if you are looking to add an impressive alteration to your property and really transform your home, a roof lantern may be the perfect option. After all, you’ll create the sense of having more space without knocking down any walls and also have the option to make a more architectural statement with a more complex roof lantern design.


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