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Could I Add an Atrium to my Flat Roof?

25th July 2014

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A flat roof can be uninspiring. This style of roof may be functional, although it requires higher maintenance than a pitched roof, but it is easy and relatively cheap to install. A flat roof is often added to an extension as part of a DIY project or built to order but just because it’s there, doesn't mean you have to love it – and you don’t have to live with it any longer either. Adding an atrium can be an inspired choice and will instantly transform that dull, flat surface above you head into an airy space of light that will lift the spirits.

There’s nothing new about atriums, in fact, the ancient Romans used them as a means of drawing in light and air to their otherwise dark interiors. The advent of glazing has helped to make atriums more popular, and they have become a thoroughly modern architectural feature that is often included in the original design of a building or one that can be easily added to an existing flat roof.

Transform Your Flat Roof with an Atrium

Until you’ve experienced the difference an atrium can make to a living space, it’s hard to appreciate how opening the space above you, seems to integrate your home with the outdoors. An atrium roof is ideal, for instance, for south-facing areas where you may want added ventilation or where condensation can be a problem.

We’ve been installing atriums for many years, and our bespoke products are engineered to the highest standards. A concern that people sometimes have about adding an atrium is that, although it allows in the warmth of the sun during the day, heat can also escape through the glass.

Our atrium roof kits are fastened to a timber kerb or lantern frame to reduce any cold bridging and improve overall thermal performance. If a gutter is considered necessary for the atrium, or internal cladding needs to be maintained, we can adapt the atrium to fit and to match existing architectural features and styles, from the classic and period to the thoroughly modern.


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Transform Your Living Space

Why choose an atrium roof? Whether your living space has lost its lustre because its cold and lightless – or you’re about to start a home improvement project – an atrium roof will suit your requirements perfectly. For example, you can choose almost any colour to perfect your design – including grey, which will help your product blend into the surrounding roofscape.

How else will an atrium roof contribute toward the creation of fully-functional living space? Because it will illuminate the area below it, your extension will feel spacious. If the room in question is small, then the addition of an atrium roof will have a noticeably transformative effect on your room, which means you’ll want to spend as much time there as you possibly can.

As suggested earlier, more light doesn’t necessarily equate to more heat; so, you won’t need to worry about your room becoming unbearably hot during summer. The glass featured in the design of your atrium roof will limit solar entry to control internal temperature, resulting in a comfortable environment that’s equally suited to relaxing and entertaining.

An atrium roof will improve ventilation in your extension. This means you won’t need to worry about condensation forming in your new room space, which might otherwise have led to the damaging build-up of mould. Your chosen Ultra Installer will be able to explain these benefits in further detail, so why not contact them today and ask for an atrium roof quote at the same time?

Make the Most of Your New Room

Whether you’ve refurbishing or building anew, you’ll want to maximise the benefits of your new atrium roof by complementing it with the right product choices.

To ensure comfort and performance:

  • Consider adding bi-fold or sliding patio doors to your extension or orangery. This will further improve ventilation in your room and let in more light.
  • Discuss the different glass options available with your Ultra Installer, so that you benefit from the best U-values and limit solar entry as much as possible.
  • Think carefully about the colour schemes you want to use; your atrium roof will need to tie-in with its architectural surroundings and shouldn’t jar visually.

Find Your Nearest Ultra Installer

Our nationwide network of qualified and experienced Ultra Installer can advise on all aspects of atrium roofs. Find your nearest installer by using our free search tool. The company you choose will be able to advise on other Ultraframe products too – like our replacement conservatory roofs and orangeries – and provide you with an atrium roof quote.

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