What are Modular Rooflights?
Rooflights are modular glass skylights installed into a roof instead of being installed as a standalone unit. Those skylights make the most out of natural daylight in a building but can also be fitted with artificial lighting to provide an indoor ambiance at night.
How Are Modular Rooflights Better Than Regular Skylights?
Regular skylights have the disadvantage of having only one area for light, so direct sunlight is blocked by any shadow from nearby trees or other buildings. Also, the angle at which daylight shines through regular skylights may not match the room’s layout, resulting in some rooms being brighter than others, or worse still in areas where natural light is scarce during winter months.
Modular skylights can be installed in multiple areas of a building and perfectly match the layout of a room. Additionally, they can be fitted with lighting that can illuminate all areas at night or provide an internal ambient light for areas not in direct sunlight.
How Do Modular Rooflights Work?
Modular skylights are fitted with patented technology that makes them lightweight and easy to install. The area from which the skylight filters light is divided into four sections which fit together like a set of Lego bricks. Once fitted, it takes just ten minutes for the panels to join together and attach securely over your roof. It can also be fitted in your garden as a decorative unit.
Is Modular Rooflights Inexpensive?
Modular skylights are quite cost-effective when compared to normal skylights. However, they are more expensive than glass skylights fitted individually into the structure of your roof, but they are also better value in terms of energy and maintenance costs. Thanks to its modular design, modular roof lights can be easily removed if space is needed in another part of the building and replaced whenever necessary.
What Are the Benefits of Modular Rooflights?
Lighting and Illumination
Modular skylights are fitted with a lighting system that can accommodate both natural and artificial daylight. If the solar-powered system fails, the skylight is fitted with a mercury vapor lamp that acts as a backup lighting source. This way, a building’s interior and exterior can be lit all day and night, improving security, safety, and peace of mind for you and your family.
Modular skylights work by harnessing daylight from above, which reduces the energy needed to light rooms at night. This no-cost lighting is ideal for rooms without natural light and provides a brighter, safer environment to work and live in.
Modular skylights conserve air conditioning costs as they don’t trap or retain heat within the building’s structure, reducing the need to run the AC. As they are designed to trap maximum daylight, they reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day and reduce energy consumption further. Modular roof lights will also increase your property’s value, especially if you want to sell it in the future.
Health and Safety
Modular skylights provide a safer working environment for employees exposed to more daylight than artificial light during their working day. This boosts productivity and also reduces the risk of eye strain and fatigue.
You also get better security and safety with a modular skylight in your building. Compared to traditional, non-modular models, they provide greater security by blocking theft by burglars and making it harder for them to gain access undetected. They are also more difficult for vandals who want to break into the building through the skylight.
Perhaps most importantly, a modular design allows your skylight to be easily removed if necessary, allowing you to adapt your property’s layout accordingly during its lifespan.
As we mentioned above, there are two ways that Modular roof lights can be fitted to the roof of your building: as a standalone unit. These are more expensive than when they are fitted into the roof’s structure, but some advantages outweigh the cost. Firstly, you have greater flexibility in terms of where you can install your skylight. You can also remove it if you want to change or upgrade your structure or if needed for maintenance and repair work. This is not possible with a modular skylight that has been fitted into the structure of the roof itself.
As well as wood, tiles, slate, and concrete roofs that can suit a modular skylight, some buildings may also be constructed using metal or other materials that would not allow them to fit. For these cases, the cost of the skylight itself is reduced as you only need to purchase a guttering kit when it is time to fit the roof light itself.