There are two ways to go about flat roof lighting. The first option is to use electric lights inside the building. The second is to use flat roof windows, which utilises natural light to illuminate the rooms inside.
There are advantages to using either option. Electric lights are manually operated, bringing light into a room whenever it is needed. You also have the option of adding brighter or dimmer lights, which will suit different purposes for whatever the room is used for.
Roof windows are used as they use natural light, which is the most effective and energy efficient way to bring light into a room. With roof windows you also have the added ability to ventilate the room inside.
There are also different roof lighting designs available. Fixed, access windows, flat roof windows and smoke windows are all options to chose from and can each be used to suit the room inside.
Flat roofs have grown tremendously in popularity throughout the UK, and we’re still catching up with other countries where they are more common place. The development of flat roofs has been plagued by a number of different issues, such as how flat roof systems aren’t supported in the same way as gable and pitched roofs.
It is often times impossible to simply replace a pitched roof or other type of roofing system with a flat roof, because buildings need to be built in such a way as to be able to support a flat roof. In order to convert a building to a flat roofed building you’d need to either reconstruct the walls to be able to bare more stress or you’d need to add support columns underneath the roof to spread the burden further.
Industrial cladding refers to the closing of the exterior of an industrial building using metal sheet, joined to form an impregnable bonded surface. Metal cladding for industrial applications is now a typical method for enclosing a building from “top to bottom”.
Gone are the days of an industrial building being sheathed in wood or some other product, that at its time may have been the best available. As with the evolution of construction, in general, cladding for buildings has evolved with practicality, taste, ease of construction and longevity in mind. Continue reading