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The use of Glass in roof structures has become very popular, with this increase of use there is now a wider choice of designs and materials that are available. SDB can provide many different solutions after many years of experience installing these products.

As this is an important aesthetic and performance based decision we have increased the information available here to help you make the best decision.


It is highly regarded that aluminium is the best material to be used in the construction of roof lights. The reason for this is durability, colours, strong resistance to contraction and expansion and good thermal properties from heat retention.

All the above is important for the performance of the roof light over the test of time.

There are many different designs , many of which we have pictured here and in our gallery.

The Glass choice is also very important and details of our products are listed below.

Any Roof light performance can be affected by Installation, SDB give a ten year guarantee on all installations


Modulised standard/bespoke rooflights for flat roof and pitched roof window applications. Flushglazed flat rooflights and pyramid rooflights. Opening vents for ventilation, daylight, roof access, and rooflight escape.

Sliding rooflights and opening skylights, retractable roofs for terrace access and roof open air living. Stock glass rooflights, fire rated glass, walk on glass, electric rooflight and manual skylight options.

The Benefits of the Pilkington Activ Range

The Pilkington Activ range is comprised of Self-cleaning glass (Pilkington Activ Clear), and Self-cleaning glass with Solar Control properties (Pilkington Activ Sunshade Blue and Pilkington Activ™ Neutral each of these products has its own unique and shared benefits.

Saving Time and Money The time and energy that goes into keeping windows looking great has encouraged many home owners to make the change to Self-cleaning glass. Whether you employ a window cleaning service or you spend hours cleaning them yourself could save a huge amount of time, energy and money.

Pilkington Activ SunShade™ combines dual action, self-cleaning properties with medium solar control performance and an aesthetically pleasing appearance to reduce the amount of direct sunlight that penetrates into a building. Available in both Blue and Neutral colours it creates a cool and comfortable environment during hot weather.

Easy Glass Cleaning
Exactly what is self-cleaning glass?
Pilkington Activ™ is normal glass with a special coating on the outside that has a unique dual-action. Once exposed to daylight, the coating firstly breaks down any organic dirt deposits and secondly, causes rainwater to ‘sheet’ down the glass to wash the loosened dirt away.

What effect does the coating have on the glass?
Very little, other than keeping it cleaner for longer! It has no effect on its strength, and only reduces the amount of light and energy that passes through by about 5%. From certain angles it has a slightly greater reflective quality than normal glass, with an attractive faint blue tint, giving it a clearer, brighter appearance.

Can it be scratched or rubbed off?
The coating is integral to the glass – it will not flake off or discolour, so it can only be affected if the surface itself is damaged; for example, by pointed objects, abrasive cleaners or steel wool.

How long will the coating last? Can it be replaced?
The coating has been developed to last as long as the insulating glass unit itself. The coating is permanent and will not need re-applying.

The Ability to Combine Pilkington Activ™ with Other Products
Glass technology allows us to combine different products with different features like Thermal Insulation, Safety, Solar Control and Noise Control. Pilkington Activ not only brings you a fantastic low maintenance glass cleaning method but also allows you to combine various products for the ultimate in glass solutions, Combine with low-emissivity glass and argon gas fill, for the ultimate in double glazing.

Low ‘E’ Glass

What is low-emissivity glass?
Low-emissivity glass (or low-e glass as it is commonly referred to) is a type of energy-efficient glass designed to prevent heat escaping through your windows to the cold outdoors. Low-e glass such as Pilkington K glass™ has an invisible coating which dramatically reduces heat transfer and reflects interior heat back into your room. Pilkington low-e glazing units can make your home more than twice as energy-efficient in comparison to older double glazing with no low-e coating.

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