Timber Roof Lanterns
Westbury Timber and Glass Roof Lanterns
The clean lines and symmetry of a roof lantern create an incredible architectural impact when viewed from inside or out. Designed with correct proportions, our timber roof lanterns consider the depth of the shelf, beam dimension and hip shape. The result is an impressive, balanced design.
What is a Roof Lantern?
A Roof Lantern, sometimes referred to as a rooflight, is a stepped glass skylight that extends up from a flat roof. Westbury’s Timber Roof Lanterns are structural masterpieces, adding a sense of height, space, and grandeur to any room. They allow natural light to flow into the room below, introducing warmth and calm.
Why choose a Westbury Timber Roof Lantern?
We have over 30 years of experience and expertise in designing, manufacturing and installing Roof Lanterns and Orangeries across the UK. Westbury Timber Roof Lanterns are designed and manufactured in the UK in our factory in Essex. We have perfected our product to ensure that it is the best that it can be by choosing the highest quality materials, using the latest technology and investing in the most efficient machinery for the production of our roof lights.
Westbury Roof Lanterns are crafted from high-quality materials by skilled craftsmen using the latest technology. We create bespoke timber roof lanterns that not only look incredible but perform impeccably. Our Roof Lanterns include specialised double-glazing units and an aluminium capping system to protect the timber from weathering.
We can manufacture roof lanterns of any size and pitch to meet your exact specifications. Our products are meticulously designed and made with care to ensure they entirely complement the architecture of the property.
What materials are Westbury Roof Lanterns manufactured from?
Our timber roof lanterns are manufactured using knot-free engineered timber, selected for its durability, stability, and sustainability. Our lanterns can be manufactured to meet any size and pitch. We offer a full in-house design service with prompt turnaround and can advise you on the size of Roof Lantern most suited to your space.
We believe the small details make a big difference. Even our finials and the upper part of our kingpins are made from a wood/resin composite material, so the timber will not flake, nor split, nor rot, as opposed to solid timber which, from our experience, may split over time and could cause ingress of water.
Roof Glazing with a 10-Year Guarantee
Glazing is 4-16-4 toughened clear, argon-filled sealed units with Low-E coating and warm edge spacer bar as standard. Optional laminated, or solar reflective glass is available (Westbury SunGuard).
At the perimeter of the roof, a purpose-made aluminium glazing tray with drainage is installed. The glass is clipped into this, ensuring the top sheet of glass does not separate from the bottom. This protects the spacer bar from UV.
Our double-glazed units can get incredibly hot so are bonded together with a silicone rather than butyl.
Roof glass is laid on a special glazing gasket, fixed with stainless steel screws and our own aluminium capping/glazing system. All toughened units to BS6206: 1981.
Roof Vents and Cappings
Roof vent canopies and rafter cappings are powder coated aluminium in Grey RAL 7015 or White RAL 9010.
Each roof canopy sits low to the glazing keeping it neat and unobtrusive and is custom made to fit each lantern. Rafter and hip rafter cappings exclusively made for Westbury, incorporating EPM gaskets. They are of two parts, ensuring that the stainless-steel screws that hold the glass in place are neatly hidden away.
Roof vents are electrically operated with auto controls, including rain sensor and thermostatic control.
We offer a variety of decorative cornices to the internal aperture and optional curved hips with cock bead.
How do I clean a timber roof lantern?
Our Roof Lanterns are designed with minimal maintenance in mind. That is why, as with all our joinery, there are zero fixings entering timber from the outside of the structure removing all possible routes of water ingress.
Our Roof Lanterns are composite in structure, with a timber frame inside and an outer capping made from aluminium except for the ridge cap, which is Accoya.
Our finials are made from resin and wood composite, with a powder-coated external aluminium cladding to match the roof cappings, making them long-lasting and maintenance-free.
We have perfected our roof lanterns by having specially made hip and rafter cappings which are fixed down with stainless steel screws. We ensure there is a thermal break and that the roof is maintenance free, except for a simple wash down.
Our newest design innovation is to sit the roof lantern glass into an aluminium glazing tray so there is no step protruding on the top sheet of glass. This is a fully patent glazed system, unique to Westbury.
If you’d like to know more about what happens when you order a roof lantern take a look at our blog post for more information.
Timber Roof Lanterns
DOES A ROOF LANTERN NEED PLANNING PERMISSION?
When thinking about renovating your home and building a flat roof extension you may be asking yourself do I need planning permission to install a Roof Lantern?
The consents you will need are highly dependent on where your property is located, but in general, terms most homeowners can relax as permitted development rules will allow you to add a roof lantern to an existing flat roof without planning permission. Talk to us about your roof lantern plans and we can provide you with the right advice.