How to care for your roof lantern
Roof lanterns are subject to the elements; they face rainwater, bird droppings and vehicle pollution every day. So it is important that once they are installed that we take care of them. Here at ATT Fabrications, we know everything there is to know about roof lanterns and what it takes to keep them in good condition. That’s why we’ve created a guide for you to consult which includes tips and tricks for cleaning your roof lantern.
Check your glass
A large part of caring for your roof lantern is ensuring that the glass is in the best condition possible. With roof lanterns, damage can occasionally occur to the glass from fallen branches in windy weather conditions. You should check that the glass has not chipped or cracked by inspecting the appearance of the pane. This should be done if you think that there could be a leak from the window as once a small chip has occurred this can affect the structural integrity of the glass pane.
How does self cleaning glass work?
Here at ATT Fabrications, our products include self cleaning glass – we can already hear you asking – How does self cleaning glass work? The glass that we use within our products is a new generation of ‘Photo Catalytic’ glass which uses low maintenance technologies to ensure that you don’t have to clean the glass constantly. The outer face of the glass product is manufactured with an invisible dual-action coating. This coating acts by harnessing the ultraviolet energy in daylight to power a chemical reaction that breaks down organic dirt and grime on the surface of the window.
With that being said the SMARTGLASS used within our roof lanterns and windows is not a 100% maintenance-free product. There are steps that you should implement when cleaning your window for the first time. You should wait a week before cleaning or touching the glass as the self cleaning properties are activated by natural UV rays. Once the week is up, rinse the glass with water or a mild window cleaner and then the surface should be activated and ready to go.
The more exposure that the glass has to both sun and rain, the cleaner that it will stay for longer. It is important not to tamper with the glass too often as this can damage the coating which the glass is coated with. If you do need to clean the area of the glass to remove a stain such as bird droppings then it is important not to use any glass treatment products which contain silicones or abrasive particles. You should not use any commercial products which are intended for cleaning elements other than glass.
Cleaning the interior
Cobwebs and loose dirt can often build up in the interior spaces of our homes and it can reduce the aesthetic impact that a roof lantern can have. To clean the interior of your roof lantern move any furniture that sits under the light and grab a sturdy step ladder. Place the ladder under the skylight and ensure that it is in a secure position. If you feel like you may need someone there to hold the ladder then consult help before starting. Using a duster reach into the corners of the sky lantern and dust away any cobwebs.
Once you have done this you can clean the interior glass with any glass cleaning product and a soft cloth. Make sure that you don’t use harsh chemicals as this could damage the pane of glass and leave streaks on the window. You should aim to do an interior clean every 2-3 months.
Cleaning the exterior glass
Like any external fitting which is exposed to the elements, there will be deterioration over time. This is why it is important to check on your roof lantern every few months to ensure that it is in good condition. If you neglect your sky lantern some interior issues can arise such as damp patches on walls and ceilings, peeling wallpaper and even structural damage.
Cleaning the exterior glass can be a slightly trickier task! Make sure that you have a specialist roof ladder to access the light in a safe way. If you are scared of heights or if being high up makes you dizzy then we recommend calling a professional window cleaner who will know exactly what to do.
Once you are up the ladder and near the roof lantern then it is vital that you don’t stand or lean on the fixture as even though the designs are sturdy they are not meant to be stood on. Moss and dirt can build up around the edges of the roof lantern, to remove this put on some garden gloves and pick away the loose growths and dispose of them accordingly.
After this, you can wash the exterior framing with soapy water and a sponge but make sure that you don’t apply too much soap as this may spill onto the glass and tamper with the self-cleaning properties.
Now that you have all the knowledge that you need you can go ahead and clean your sky lantern with ease. Be careful when climbing any ladders during the process and if you are unsure at any point during the cleaning process then consult professional help.
Roof lanterns at ATT Fabrications
The range of roof lanterns available here at ATT Fabrications will add natural light into your living space and will add the illusion of height and space into the room. Contemporary and cool, the selection of designs are available in an array of colours including anthracite grey which will give the exterior of your home an instant update. Anthracite grey has become a popular choice over the past few years and when your roof lantern is matched with the range of anthracite grey bi-folding doors available then you will have a sleek looking property on your hands. Here at ATT Fabrications, we offer a service which allows you to design your own glass roof lantern. You can select the pattern of the panes, the colour of the fixture and whether you would like to implement a tinted coloured glass into the design. Discover your new roof lantern at ATT Fabrications today.