Rooflights and roof lanterns have both gained popularity in recent years and are both great ways to flood a room with natural light creating the illusion of added space. But they often get mistaken for each other. 

Although they both are intended to do the same thing, their appearance is very different. Flat rooflights are built within the roof of your home and aren’t visible from the outside whereas roof lanterns are an architectural feature built onto the roof. Roof lanterns are usually pyramid shaped so that light enters from all angles. 

But which is best? 

In this article, we take a closer look at the benefits of both flat rooflights and roof lanterns so you can decide which is best for your home. 

Benefits of flat rooflights:

Maximum sunlight and extra ventilation 

If you’re looking to flood a space with natural light then a flat rooflight is a great choice as, if you choose a rooflight that is manufactured to an internal dimension, it can allow more than 25% more light to fill a room than a conventional flat roof window. Not only that, rooflights that open are available for added ventilation. 

Energy efficiency

Thanks to the abundant levels of daylight all year round which a rooflight offers, it can reduce overall reliance on artificial lighting. Not only does this result in a more attractive living or working space but it also means savings on your energy bills – making a rooflight a worthwhile long term investment. 


With homes being built closer to each other, it has become a challenge to keep the inside of your home private whilst providing access to as much natural light as possible – this is where a rooflight shines. 

Installed on your flat roof, your rooflight prevents any neighbours or passers-by from peering in – this is especially important in rooms like bedrooms and bathrooms – whilst not compromising on the amount of natural light that a room gets. 

Benefits of roof lanterns

Enhanced aesthetics 

By opening up the roof space of a room, installing a roof lantern will completely transform the look of the inside of your home by flooding it with natural light and unobstructed views of the sky above. 

Not only will a roof lantern improve the look and feel of your home internally but it will enhance the look of your home externally. This is because a flat roof can be uninspiring whereas a roof lantern adds an architectural feature that will undoubtedly catch the eye. 

All-around light 

Thanks to their unique design and configuration, roof lanterns provide natural light from all angles – creating a more airy and spacious feel to any space. The abundance of light your home will get will help to warm up even most difficult rooms and help to save you money on your heating bills. 

Adds value to your home 

A well-designed roof lantern will undoubtedly make your home more desirable and impress any potential buyers. Not only that, a roof lantern can also add value to your home which means when it comes time to move on your property could actually sell for more – making it a worthwhile investment. 

Which is best? 

As you can see both rooflights and roof lanterns have their own individual benefits making deciding between them difficult. So, the question remains, which is best? 

To answer this question, it really depends on what you’re aiming to achieve and your budget. 

For example, if filling your home with as much natural light as possible is your priority then a roof lantern is the better choice thanks to its all-around glazing. Whereas, if you’re on a tighter budget than the clear favourite is a flat rooflight. 

Whichever you choose to install in your home, either way it is important to choose a trusted specialist to carry out the installation. 

At Riverside Double Glazing, our team of expertly-trained professionals take great pride in their work making sure that our customers are completely satisfied. With over 16 years of experience and knowledge of the industry, you can rest assured that when you choose us, your home will be in capable and safe hands. 

If you’re looking to install either a rooflight or roof lantern in your home in Southampton and the surrounding areas, get in touch with us and a member of our team will be happy to start the process.