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GGP 04 Apr 2016

COMMENT Eyes to the skies Homeowners, interior designers and architects all agree that one of the most modern ways to maximize natural light in a property is through a skylight. Here Justin Seldis, director of Sunsquare, explains why this sector of the market is growing rapidly. Putting in a skylight can add value to your home, flood your rooms with natural light, lower your energy bills, improve ventilation and add a dramatic aspect to your living space. With property values soaring, there has been a significant increase in the amount of people refurbishing and renovating their homes instead of moving. As more and more people are opting to carry out major home improvements or add extensions, the addition of natural light is becoming increasingly popular. As is the market for rooflights and skylights. Market leaders Sunsquare is the first, and only, designer and manufacturer of bespoke flat roof skylights and rooflights to be awarded a BSI Kitemark in the industry, guaranteeing absolute safety and peace of mind to our customers. We’ve certainly seen a surge in business in recent years as more people become aware of the benefits of natural light, and homeowners are embracing the skylight as a means to achieve this. Ideal for flat or sloped roofs, loft areas, rooms with vaulted ceilings and conversions of protected buildings where planning permission is an issue, rooflights are fast becoming a popular choice for people seeking visual impact. But how do you go about making a decision on design and specification? And more importantly, who can you rely on to do the job properly? Light up your life There was a time when a skylight was simply a square pane of glass that could be pushed up to let in air. Now, many are designed to open automatically if the temperature gets too high, and close when it rains. They also come in innovative shapes and sizes, designed to fit the most awkward and difficult of spaces. Sunsquare offers around 165 different skylight combinations, ranging from triangle-shaped designs and pyramid shapes to one in the form of an L shape. Choose wisely The key to getting the right skylight for the right space is to seek the help of an expert. Think about how you use the space, where the sun rises and sets and what you hope to achieve by adding the extra glazing. Where you can’t reach a rooflight to open it manually, you should look at options to control it automatically. There are several rooflight choices for flat roofs, ranging from domes, pyramids and arches to straightforward flat rooflights. All units can combine opening elements, either hinged or sliding. And there are many sizes available, with bespoke designs to suit even the most difficult of spaces. Safety as well as style Of course, as well as picking a supplier with an eye for design, you will also need to look for a fitter with the right safety credentials. Sunsquare is the UK’s first flat roof skylight manufacturer to be awarded the BSI Kitemark. In order to achieve such an accreditation, we had our entire product range put under rigorous testing for air permeability, weather tightness and extreme wind loading. The process took two years but it was worth the effort. Peace of mind Sunsquare wanted to achieve the Kitemark to challenge the more apathetic and poor quality manufacturers who were happy to install dangerous or shoddy fittings without any comeback. Now, of course we are not suggesting that we are the only reputable installer or that you have to buy from us. But equally, the Kitemark is the world’s most recognised symbol of quality craftsmanship and safety. And if you are looking for a seal of approval and a stamp of trust, we are the best in the business. Our credentials tell customers that they are getting a superior product and that it will be installed properly and according to a list of quality control measures. Make it count The financial benefits of a rooflight installation don’t end with adding value to your bottom line either. Increasing the amount of natural light coming through also means people have less need to use lamps and overhead lights in dark rooms during the day, therefore cutting back on electricity usage. They can also bring warmth into a room, reducing the use of central heating. With so many benefits to a skylight, it’s no wonder that the market is booming. 22 www.ggpmag.com April 2016


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