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Exploring the History of Roof Lanterns

06 Jun 2018

Roof lanterns are a consistently popular architectural feature in residential and commercial properties. Typically made of a metal or wooden structure containing a number of glazed panels, they are designed to sit above a roof’s construction – distinguishing them from skylights, which are generally fitted within or in line with the roof. Despite the distinction, roof lanterns and skylights provide similar benefits.

Sunsquare Skylights And Green County Developments partnerships

What is the Difference Between Roof Lights or Skylights?

10 Apr 2018

Roof light, skylight or roof window: what is the difference?

Thermally managed

22 Mar 2018

Over the years at Sunsquare HQ, we’ve heard the vast majority of common questions relating to skylights. We often hear queries about U-values, for example. In particular: why do given U-values vary so widely between different products, and even between glazed products of the same type?

The security of rooflights

01 Oct 2017

What does Approved Document Q specify and where?

The one-click construction industry

29 Aug 2017

Chris Chaney reviews the impact of the one-click revolution on the construction industry.

What CE Marking and the BSI Kitemark means for our rooflights

18 Aug 2017

Building works and construction projects in the UK currently require compliance with the relevant building control legislation. Rooflights are no exception and their performance needs to be understood and documented

From White Gold to Grey Gold: A new era for extensions

17 Aug 2017

Chris Chaney discusses the move away from white UPVC conservatories to modern day garden rooms.

Why choose Sunsquare?

17 Jul 2017

How daylighting should be a key factor in workplace design

31 May 2017

The health and wellbeing of staff has come to the forefront over the last 18 months. Here Chris Chaney, Managing Director of Sunsquare, explains how daylighting should be a key factor in workplace design.

The importance of rooflight U-values

16 May 2017

There are a number of different things you need to consider when specifying windows.  U-values are one of the most important, as they are one of the most effective ways of knowing in advance how a particular set of windows will perform in a thermal sense.

Here, we are going to take a look at U-values and what makes them so important. 

Building Regulations Part A

16 May 2017

We’ve covered a number of the building regulations previously in our blog, and today we’re going to take a look at another, Part A.

What to look for in a rooflight supplier

10 Apr 2017

Chris Chaney, Managing Director of Sunsquare, talks best practice, accreditation and experience.

Building Regulations Part M

13 Mar 2017

Whatever kind of project you’re planning, the chances are you’ll be affected by the UK Building Regulations at some point.  We’ve already covered one of the most notable regulations Part F in our previous blog post and today we’re going to take a look at another key: Part M.

Building Regulations Part F

09 Mar 2017

In the past few weeks, we’ve taken a look at a number of the UK’s building regulations; those that relate directly to installations.  Here, we’re going to explore another key regulation: Part F.

Single and Multipane Flat Roof Skylight examples

Loft conversions and skylights - the beginner's guide

06 Mar 2017

A loft conversion can be an incredibly effective way of both adding value to your home and helping to give it an air of real desirability.  Not to mention, it’ll give you the option of having an extra room.

Daylighting - everything you need to know

03 Mar 2017

There are always new trends within the building world, many of them angled to make buildings work more environmentally and eco-friendly. Daylighting is one such trend and has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Here’s everything you need to know about this unique technique.

UK BIM standards explained

23 Dec 2016

Introducing BIM Level 2 Standards – what you need to know about the construction industry’s biggest revolution for years.

What are the building regulations for flat roofs?

23 Dec 2016

Any form of building development will have regulations in place that you need to adhere to.  As part of our new architect’s advice section, we’re going to take a look at some of the key regulations and legislation for flat roof development.

BIM and its influence on flat roofs

23 Dec 2016

Building Information Modelling – or BIM, as its otherwise known – is one of the most important developments in the construction industry to occur in the last decade or so.  Here, we’re going to look at how it affects flat roof construction.

What is CPD training?

23 Dec 2016

At Sunsquare, we’ve always prided ourselves on our ability to remain at the cutting edge of our industry.  CPD is a key part of this process.  In the next few months, we’re going to be offering our own form of CPD training, so we thought this would be a great time to offer a guide to exactly what it is, and how you can benefit from it.

10 BIM terms an architect should know

22 Dec 2016

Building Information Modelling – otherwise known as BIM – is one of the most game-changing developments in the history of the construction industry and will soon be a legal requirement.

What sort of glazing should I look for in a skylight?

16 Nov 2016

There are many types of glass that can be used in overhead glazing and skylights, whether it’s single, double or triple glazed. So which should you choose?

Skylight leaking problems: should you really be concerned?

30 Sep 2016

When we meet new customers, we often find that they have certain questions and concerns they wish to discuss before choosing their new skylights.  This is normal: everyone should take the time to be sure they’re making the right purchase, after all!  However, we’ve noticed that a few concerns tend to come up often, one of which is the potential for skylight leaking problems.

Is heat loss through rooflights a real issue?

26 Sep 2016

One thing we often get asked by customers is whether or not heat loss through rooflights is a genuine issue.  Because we know it’s a concern for some people, we’ve decided to put together this guide on everything you need to know.

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Double glazing v triple glazing: which will suit you better?

22 Sep 2016

When it comes to picking the perfect rooflights, there are few more important choices than the glazing.  The number of panes – and their specifications – will affect everything from the day-to-day temperature of your home to how much money you’ll save on your bills over the next few years.

What to consider when choosing commercial skylights

20 Sep 2016

Just as a new skylight can offer a wealth of benefits to any home-owner, it can also offer a huge amount of potential to businesses looking to save themselves money, making visual improvements to their office or simply reduce the amount of energy they use in order to be more ‘green’.

Advanced+ Glazing: what does it mean?

16 Sep 2016

If you’ve spent any time on the Sunsquare website – or if you’re already one of our satisfied customers – you’ll know that we pride ourselves on remaining at the cutting edge of our industry.  We’re constantly working to provide our customers with rooflights that benefit them in every way.

Skylights: a proven energy saver

21 Jun 2016

There are a number of different methods you can use to help make your home more energy efficient.  Why do so? As well as saving you money - which we’ll explore in more depth in a minute - a more energy-efficient home is simply better for the planet.

Here, we’re going to take a look at flat roof skylights and how they can both save you money and help lower your footprint.

Walk On Skylights Safety Facts

Skylight safety: how to choose the most secure option for your home

20 Jun 2016

Needless to say, it’s important to ensure that any flat roof skylights you install in your home are as safe as they can possibly be. Whilst we’d never underestimate the importance of style or design, you’d never be able to enjoy your skylight in the same way if you weren’t certain of its structural integrity.

Here, we’re going to take a look at the biggest factor in ensuring rooflight safety: the glass itself.

Bespoke Skylight Project at Long House

How to select the best flat roof skylight supplier

17 Jun 2016

When it comes to your home, you don’t want settle for anything less than the best. This is especially true of anyone who’s going to be carrying out work on your property. So, how should you go about choosing the perfect rooflight supplier?

Chestnut Lodge Skylight Installation

The benefits of natural light at home

15 Jun 2016

If you’re a frequent reader of our blog, the chances are you’re already aware of the positive effect skylights can have on the amount of natural light allowed into the home. But why does this matter? Here, we’re going to take a look at the numerous benefits that an increase in natural light can give you.

Skylight condensation: how to avoid it

03 May 2016

The internet is full of complaints from owners of skylights – not purchased from Sunsquare – about the levels of condensation created on the glass surface, resulting in excess moisture in their living environment.

Example skylight installation at Longhouse

Heat loss through skylights - is this an issue?

28 Apr 2016

There is a common fear among many homeowners that installing a flat roof skylight is an instant way of losing heat in your property during the colder months.

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How often do skylights need to be replaced?

25 Apr 2016

If you are in the process of redeveloping your property and you’d like to transform your flat roof and the interiors below with abundant levels of natural daylight, a flat roof skylight will almost certainly interest you.

Sunsquare Skylight Factory Visit

How does low maintenance glass work?

19 Apr 2016

At Sunsquare we offer low maintenance glazing treatments for any type of flat roof skylight that leaves our manufacturing facility. Low maintenance glazing is often confused with self-cleaning glass treatments. Low maintenance glazing still needs to be cleaned sporadically but the glass units themselves are designed to be much easier to clean; ideal for those that struggle physically and are less mobile.

Longhouse Skylight Installation

Top Tips for Loft Conversions in 2016

09 Mar 2016

The loft is widely regarded as one of the simplest and least disruptive spaces to convert into a more meaningful and useful room.

Not only is it less stressful than uprooting and moving house for a bigger home, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) revealed the average loft conversion is just a third of the cost of moving to a property with an additional room. A loft conversion could also increase the value of your current home by as much as 25 per cent.

Window Ideas Perfect for 2016

01 Mar 2016

If your property is feeling outdated and somewhat dark you may be considering replacing your windows.

Skylight Warranty & Guarantee

01 Mar 2016

The entire Sunsquare skylight range is covered by a comprehensive warranty of 10 years. This includes all items supplied but excludes electrical components.

3d printer for skylights

Skylights & 3D printing - How Sunsquare pushes the boundaries of design

24 Feb 2016

As proud market leaders in the design and manufacture of flat roof skylights, at Sunsquare we never rest on our laurels. We’re always looking for better, more efficient ways to give our clients the best possible products as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The importance of environmental management at Sunsquare

19 Feb 2016

In recent years, at Sunsquare we have operated a strict environmental policy regarding both the manufacture of our products and the operation of our office headquarters in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Skyview Rooflight

Fitting skylights just got a whole lot easier....

15 Oct 2015

Sunsquare now include, free of charge, bedding tape to seal all of our skylights to our up stands...

How to choose the correct skylights for your home

29 Sep 2015

You might imagine that purchasing roof lights for your humble abode is a relatively simple process. After all, there surely aren't that many options to choose from, and don't all skylights have the same basic advantages of bringing more natural heat and light into your home?

Private Skylight Installation in Sussex

Advantages of roof lights for your flat roof

21 Sep 2015

Flat roofs may have certain drawbacks - such as their greater tendency to accumulate water and debris - but if there's one reason why you should be thankful to have one at your home or office, it is the opportunity that it presents to have some stunning skylights - otherwise known as roof lights - installed.

Sunsquare Skylights

How to transform your home with skylights

17 Sep 2015

Adding skylights to your home is an easy way to transform the space you have. Lighting really does make all of the difference and with just a few simple additions, you can ensure that you really make the most of natural light. If you are considering adding skylights to your home, here are just a few of the many benefits of making the switch.

What does it really mean to have a Kite Mark

16 Sep 2015

For years Sunsquare have strived to make a difference to an unregulated skylight industry. No one in the industry has gone even close to creating new standards in the way Sunsquare have. Instead it has been a self protecting, self governing industry that had no defined standards and very little by way of regulation to allow a client to make an informed and safe decision.

Glass Windows Through Time

31 Jul 2015

The Romans were the first people known to have used glass for their windows. Glass was an expensive material and the technology was fairly basic, which meant that glass windows were only used by the very wealthy in private and public buildings.

Single and Multipane Flat Roof Skylight examples

Upstands – The Simplest Way to Install a Sunsquare Skylight

01 Jul 2015

When specifying and ordering your Sunsquare skylight you will be offered the option of being supplied with a Sunsquare Upstand.

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The Benefits of Using a BSI-Accredited Skylight Manufacturer

15 Jun 2015

We look at just why customers can put their faith in BSI-accredited manufacturers like Sunsquare.

A beginner’s Guide to Buying a Skylight

01 Jun 2015

Sunsquare explains the process of selecting a suitable skylight for first time buyers.

How do I Know Which Skylight to Choose?

15 May 2015

Let's talk you through the key selection factors to help you find the perfect skylight for your home.

Skylight Installation for 4c Developments

What are the Benefits of a Skylight?

01 May 2015

There is a perception among some homeowners that a flat roof skylight is very much a luxury addition to any home or office. However, the best rooflights don’t just provide a pleasing aesthetic; they offer a number of energy consumption benefits too.

Roof Windows and Planning Permission: The Ins and Outs

15 Apr 2015

Thinking of purchasing a roof window for your property? Let us talk you through the ins and outs of planning permission and building regulations.

Private Skylight Client Kingston Upon Thames

Glass Roof Panels: A Clever Alternative to a Conservatory

01 Apr 2015

If you’re looking to encourage new levels of natural light into your home without the upheaval of extending your property with a conservatory, glass roof panels can dramatically transform existing living areas and provide a real accent to a home.


How Sunsquare Skylights Transformed My Living Space

15 Mar 2015

When interior stylist, Maxine Brady saw her neighbour’s rooflight protruding in the middle of her roof terrace, it was clear in her mind that when it needed replacing she did not want a skylight that limited the use of her decking.

Example skylight installation at Longhouse

Ceiling Ideas For Your Home

15 Feb 2015

Ceilings are not exactly the first thing you might consider when you enter a property looking at ways to improve the look and feel of living space, but they do play an integral role in maintaining a sense of light and freedom.

A Clever Alternative to Skylight Blinds

01 Feb 2015

Flat roof skylights are undeniably a stand-out feature to any property; flooding living space with abundant levels of natural daylight and enhancing a room’s spaciousness and usability by bringing the outdoors in. However, there are some instances where the glare of the sun and the high temperatures may become too much. Some people will opt for a skylight blind or roller shade to ensure skylit rooms are usable at any point in the day.

How We Install a Rooflight

15 Jan 2015

We thought we would give a pictoral guide to the installation process of our skylights.

Self-Cleaning Glass – Myth or Magic?

15 Dec 2014

When specifying and ordering your Sunsquare skylight you will find that we won’t offer “Self-Cleaning Glass” instead you will be offered our Low Maintenance Glass.

Aero Skylights – Manual or Electric?

01 Dec 2014

When specifying and ordering your Sunsquare Aero skylight you will be offered the option of being supplied with a Manual or Electric opening system. This question is relevant whether you are looking to use your skylight purely for ventilation or for access.

Glazing options for your skylight

15 Nov 2014

As industry leaders in the design and manufacture of flat roof skylights, at Sunsquare we are able to glaze almost any glass configuration into our BSI Kitemarked range.

Our Skylight Manufacturing Process – Automatically Brilliant

15 Oct 2014

At Sunsquare we have consistently invested in the latest manufacturing technologies. Our most recent investment has seen the installation of a £250,000 Automatic CNC manufacturing suite.

Our Skylight Installation Process – From Road to Rooftop

01 Oct 2014

Although Sunsquare products are designed for their ease of installation it is sometimes necessary for us to install on your behalf and, of course, this is no problem.

Walk-On Skylight Units – Safety Facts

01 Sep 2014

Should you be considering specifying a walk-on skylight for your property it is obviously important that you consider safety.

Concept Design Assistance

15 Aug 2014

We appreciate that every project is different and customers will require a different level of assistance with their specification.


Visit Sunsquare

01 Aug 2014

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Skylight Factory Visit

15 Jul 2014

See your product being manufactured

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