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    An Upstand is an integral element of the functionality and fit of a skylight. They are raised frames that create enough height between the roof and the skylight and also enough pitch to protect against weather.

    What is an Upstand?


    An Upstand is an integral element of the functionality and fit of a skylight. They are raised frames that create enough height between the roof and the skylight and also enough pitch to protect against weather.


    Why do I need an Upstand for my skylight?


    Building regulations state that a skylight must protrude by a minimum of 150mm above the roof and have a minimum pitch of 3 degrees. The Upstand achieves this by acting as the fixture that keeps the glazed unit from coming into contact with the surface of the roof.


    As well as being an important factor in terms of building regulations, Upstands provide resilience against rain and standing water. The pitch allows water to run off the roof and protects it should the skylight need to be repaired or replaced. They also maximise thermal performance and air tightness.


    Why should I have a Sunsquare Upstand?


    We manufacture Upstands to take into account every possible roofing issue. To ensure accuracy for each bespoke project, all Upstands from Sunsquare are machine made and computer calculated in our factory.


    Our fully insulated Upstands have a U-value of 0.3 and a zero per cent chance of dew. Working in collaboration with Warren Insulation, the country’s leading specialist in this marketplace, we design and make Upstands that are energy efficient, high quality and meet building regulations.


    We use a highly sophisticated and versatile insulating foam that forms the core of the Upstand, and we work very hard to ensure your skylight looks and functions magnificently.


    You can purchase a Sunsquare Upstand with any of our skylights safe in the knowledge that it’s a hassle-free, accurate and building regulations-sensitive way of ensuring your roof window fits properly, at the right angle, and with no possibility of future issues.


    If you would like a demonstration of one of our Upstands or you would like to discuss your specific rooflight requirements with our friendly sales team please don’t hesitate to call us today on +44 (0)1284 723377 or get in touch here.

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