Lantern Roofs

 Lantern style conservatory roofs have a glazed roof on top of the actual roof, this can be very impressive and lends itself to larger conservatories and orangeries to increase head room and give the impression of grandeur. Dating back to the 1800s the traditional lantern roof will often have vertical windows separating the smaller lantern roof and the existing roof to maximise the light and headroom. Lantern roofs have evolved into many different shapes and styles from beautiful traditional styles to stunning contemporary styles to suit the most modern of properties. The main reason customers opt for a lantern style roof is twofold; light and style. Arguably on the right conservatory or orangery a lantern style roof can be the most impressive looking out of all of the other options available, with the added benefit of allowing natural light in through the glazing.  Lantern style roofs also usually outperform glass roofs because they incorporate some solid aspects so are better insulated than a full glass conservatory roof so have a lower U Value.

Lantern style conservatory roofs have a glazed roof on top of the actual roof, this can be very impressive and lends itself to larger conservatories and orangeries to increase head room and give the impression of grandeur. Dating back to the 1800s the traditional lantern roof will often have vertical windows separating the smaller lantern roof and the existing roof to maximise the light and headroom. Lantern roofs have evolved into many different shapes and styles from beautiful traditional styles to stunning contemporary styles to suit the most modern of properties. The main reason customers opt for a lantern style roof is twofold; light and style. Arguably on the right conservatory or orangery a lantern style roof can be the most impressive looking out of all of the other options available, with the added benefit of allowing natural light in through the glazing.

Lantern style roofs also usually outperform glass roofs because they incorporate some solid aspects so are better insulated than a full glass conservatory roof so have a lower U Value.

Which materials should you choose?

 Contemporary style lantern roofs often incorporate a section of flat roofing such as rubber   surrounding the glazed lantern section this part of the roof can be insulated, boarded and skimmed to give the impression of a room in the house but with a flood of light from the glazed part of the roof filling the room. There are a number of options to consider firstly which material should you opt for? With a choice of PVCu, aluminium and timber it can be difficult for homeowners to decided which which material is best.   PVCu is the most affordable of the options, it lasts a long time and there are a huge range of colours are available to match however PVCu uses a thicker profile than the other options so marginally less glass and light is available.   Aluminium is the lightest, strongest and longest lasting material available to use on a lantern style conservatory roof, making it the ultimate long term option. The only downside to using aluminium is the cost as it is the most expensive material to choose when building a lantern conservatory roof.  The final option available in timber or hardwood this can be another very long lasting material if maintained properly and can match a house with hardwood window frames perfectly. The downside to using timber instead is that it is more expensive than PVCu and higher maintenance than aluminium as it requires regular painting etc.  Traditional style lantern roofs are available in the same materials however most are made from hardwood to match the other period features on what is usually a much older property.

Contemporary style lantern roofs often incorporate a section of flat roofing such as rubber 

surrounding the glazed lantern section this part of the roof can be insulated, boarded and skimmed to give the impression of a room in the house but with a flood of light from the glazed part of the roof filling the room. There are a number of options to consider firstly which material should you opt for? With a choice of PVCu, aluminium and timber it can be difficult for homeowners to decided which which material is best. 

PVCu is the most affordable of the options, it lasts a long time and there are a huge range of colours are available to match however PVCu uses a thicker profile than the other options so marginally less glass and light is available. 

Aluminium is the lightest, strongest and longest lasting material available to use on a lantern style conservatory roof, making it the ultimate long term option. The only downside to using aluminium is the cost as it is the most expensive material to choose when building a lantern conservatory roof.

The final option available in timber or hardwood this can be another very long lasting material if maintained properly and can match a house with hardwood window frames perfectly. The downside to using timber instead is that it is more expensive than PVCu and higher maintenance than aluminium as it requires regular painting etc.

Traditional style lantern roofs are available in the same materials however most are made from hardwood to match the other period features on what is usually a much older property.

Lantern Conservatory Roof Maintenance

Lantern style conservatory roofs are still high maintenance as they require regular cleaning and show up any dirt instantly compared to solid roofs which do not show any dirt at all and polycarbonate roofs which are slightly obscure. Some customer’s can clean their own glass conservatory roof however it can be awkward, time consuming and sometimes dangerous we would recommend asking your window cleaner if they provide this service. 

Planning Permission & Building Regulations

Building Regulations

If you are replacing a conservatory roof rather than building a new conservatory then you should check that the lantern will be no higher than the existing roof, any side windows are obscure and that any new parts do not project more than 150mm from the existing roof pane. It is very unlikely that this is the case and most lantern roofs require planning permission.

If you are building a brand new conservatory and considering a lantern roof, you will likely need planning permission as these roofs lend themselves to large conservatories which often need planning permission in the first place. To find out more call us or your local planning department.

Like solid conservatory roofs lantern roofs also require building regulation approval to ensure that minimum requirements have been met regarding energy efficiency and structural strength. We can help you with these processes if required.

Lantern Roof Pros & Cons

  Pros   Usable most of the year  Moderately energy efficient   Looks great internally and externally  Adds value  Lots of natural light   Cons   Can be expensive  Small reduction in natural light compared to full glass roofs

Pros

Usable most of the year

Moderately energy efficient 

Looks great internally and externally

Adds value

Lots of natural light

Cons

Can be expensive

Small reduction in natural light compared to full glass roofs

Lantern Roofs In Brief

 In brief lantern style conservatory roofs can be perfect for period properties and contemporary properties as well with such a range of materials and styles. The main limitations with lantern style roofs is the size of conservatory or orangery needed in the first place, lantern style roofs are really suited to larger conservatories and orangeries but can look incredible if designed and installed correctly. We would recommend this style of roof for homeowners where budget is less of an issue and who own or planning to build a large oblong shaped conservatory or period property conservatory. 

In brief lantern style conservatory roofs can be perfect for period properties and contemporary properties as well with such a range of materials and styles. The main limitations with lantern style roofs is the size of conservatory or orangery needed in the first place, lantern style roofs are really suited to larger conservatories and orangeries but can look incredible if designed and installed correctly. We would recommend this style of roof for homeowners where budget is less of an issue and who own or planning to build a large oblong shaped conservatory or period property conservatory. 

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