Skylights vs roof lanterns – which to chose?

When making improvements to your home, skylights and roof lanterns can make an amazing addition to bring in natural light and add some character. Adding more natural light to a room can make it feel more bright and airy as well as having positive benefits on your mental health with some extra vitamin D! But which of these options is best?

While there are some obvious differences in structure, they can also offer some different benefits to particular rooms.



A skylight is a glass panel or window which is installed to sit flat within the roof. Their style can suit contemporary designs and they are generally better for pitched roofs.

Many skylights can also be fully opened which can be an advantage for poorly ventilated rooms.

They can also be easier to clean.










Roof lanterns

A roof lantern is a glass structure which protrudes from the roof. This means they tend to be larger and are usually found in conservatories and single storey extensions with a flat roof.

As lanterns are usually larger and have more dimensions, they can let in more natural light.

They are also more thermally efficient than skylights so can keep a room warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

As lanterns tend to have more intricate designs, they can make an amazing feature in a room and can fit better with period properties.












Whichever you chose, there are many options to customise the design and frames to compliment your home.