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Hampshire's leading manufacturer, supplier and installer of roof lanterns and conservatories. Discover more below.

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An extension like no other

Roof Lanterns or ‘Lantern Roofs’ provide homeowners with a truly multi-functional home extension. The unique design of a roof lantern combines the glass roof of a conservatory with the structured support and strength of a solid extension. Providing the looks and feel of a traditional orangery, roof lanterns have grown in popularity because they offer a more affordable option. Featuring a classic-styled roof and a strong, durable framework constructed from modern, energy efficient materials; lantern roofs also feature plastered walls that help it provide unrivalled security and insulation.

How to go about having a Wessex Roof Lantern installed

As tastes change and technology marches on, the glass roof market is now very sophisticated.  As a result, Wessex offer a completely free Roof Lantern design, survey and quotation service.  We will send one of our knowledgeable designers to your property to gain the vital information we need to be able to come up with the best solution(s) for you and your home.  We will use our skill and knowledge to devise a detailed plan and quotation for you to study at your leisure. We employ a zero pressure sales philosophy, so when you are ready to move forward we will be waiting to help you.  We are only happy when you are happy!

Please use the contact forms below to tell us what you need. You can also have a quick tour of our showrooms in Hampshire, where we show a ‘living home’ display with indoor conservatory showroom!


UPVC or Aluminium lantern roofs – the choice is yours…

UPVC

Choosing UPVC is the easy choice for many homeowners and their lantern roofs due to it being affordable, low maintenance and long lasting.  UPVC frames are also thermal efficient and provide a good level of noise reduction. The negative for many people is that UPVC roof lanterns often don’t provide the aesthetically pleasing addition that people are looking for, however recent developments in the industry such as woodgrain finishes, mean that homeowner can get the best of both worlds with their new roof.

Aluminium

There are few limits to the designs that can be created with an aluminium roof lantern, so your ideas for a breathtaking extension can usually become a reality. Powder coated aluminium is unlikely to ever fade, plus can come in almost any colour. Aluminium is, in our view, the ultimate building material – lightweight and yet strong and incredibly durable – so creating your roof from aluminium is an investment that will last for many years to come, plus aluminium is also an ideal building material if your extension is going to be particularly large or exposed to severe weather conditions. Aluminium’s properties enable it to be extruded with fine detail, so traditional features can be built into the design of any aluminium roof.

Opening up your new extension…

Every home is different. Every homeowner is different. This is why we offer so many options to our customers and this includes the types of doors.  Extension doors can come in the form or Patio Doors, French Doors or Bi-Folding Doors. All 3 come in various styles, colours and finishes, but also with their own features and benefits which are outlined below.

Bi-fold Doors

Why settle for the ordinary when you can have the extraordinary in the form of a set of Bi-folding doors from Wessex Windows. Built using the very latest technology, Bi-folding doors operate on a concertina system which will allow you to fully open up the rear of your property out into your garden in Hampshire, Southampton, Winchester or Portsmouth. Get a free quote for the latest bi-folding doors or visit our showroom in Winchester

Patio Doors

If you would like to increase the amount of natural light that enters your lantern roof extension, whilst minimising the space taken up by the doors, then Patio doors might be the best option for you and your home. The great expanse of glass used within the construction of a set of patio doors helps to create excellent views out on the exterior of your property in Hampshire. Practical and versatile with stunning classical appearance, they have been the customer’s choice for decades.

French Doors

Investing in a set of French Doors from Wessex Windows is a great way for homeowners within Hampshire to bridge the gap between the interior of their properties and their gardens. Double opening French doors turn a simple doorway into a grand entrance and the expanse of double glazed or triple glazed glass allows a huge amount of light into your Hampshire home helping to create a feeling of spaciousness, even when closed.

A quality lantern extension requires a quality roof…

Any lantern roof should be glazed appropriately to ensure a comfortable living environment all year round. Lantern roofs can be fitted with a variety of technically advanced glazing materials, each with specific light and heat control benefits, affected by factors such as geographical location, cost, energy conservation and aspect.

Classic Roof

The minimalist style of a classic roof provides the biggest glass area as possible, which in turn lets in a very large amount of light. The simplicity of its design means that the roof can be applied to lanterns of any shape and size. It has been tried and tested thousands of times. The Classic Roof can be glazed with polycarbonate though the vast majority of people investing in an orangery opt for a glass roof.

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Lantern Roof

Also known as Atrium Roofs, Lantern Roofs are a clear evolution and descendent of the buildings first created centuries ago, giving any Orangery a much more traditional look. But while their appearance may have changed gradually, the technology and innovation that goes into their production has advanced rapidly and, in that sense, they are barely recognisable from their predecessors. The roof itself sits atop of the building and does not quite span to outer perimeters of the orangery, therefore providing unique views and snapshots of the skies above.

Every colour under the Sun…

Although white has been the accepted colour choice for orangeries for a long time, Wessex has many more options than that in both the UPVC and Aluminium ranges.

The aluminium range now comes in 21 stylish colours, whilst with UPVC, woodgrain finishes are becoming more and more popular and come in 9 different colour options.

Hampshire’s finest lantern roofs and most welcoming service

There is no better way of extending your existing Hampshire home than with a Wessex roof lantern. Those who view your home will see it from a totally new perspective, whilst you will benefit from the most luxurious living.

We understand that because a lantern roof extension makes such a difference to your home, it is important to get it right. Our culture of customer satisfaction means that customers take priority in the whole process; from initial discussion to final installation and fitting out. We will design the perfect roof extension for you and your home.

Energy Efficiency

An important consideration when deciding to improve your home with a new roof is around the product’s energy efficiency. Poor quality products and shoddy workmanship can mean that valuable heat is lost. During the winter, this  could make your orangery a less enjoyable place to be, as well as bringing up your heating bills. By installing our energy rated windows as part of your roof extension, your home home will be more environmentally friendly and a more affordable place to live.

Security

When considering the functionality of your new extension, security is obviously an important factor. We understand this consideration which is why we have invested heavily in developing the latest technology and manufacturing market leading products. This means that customers of Wessex Windows can purchase their roof with confidence that the investment made will keep unwanted visitors out and their family safe.

Noise Reduction

When adding an extension to a property, consideration has to be made for how well it keeps noise from the outside world out. For countryside properties, this may be less of an issue, however in built up areas, the sounds of busy life want to be kept out, and we have developed top quality products to achieve this.  Whatever your needs and preferences, we have the right product for you and your property.

Our Seamless Service…

It may seem like a daunting task to have your new lantern roof extension installed, but not when you can count on the proven track record of Wessex Windows, based on over 40 years of experience throughout Hampshire. We design and install conservatories, orangeries and lantern roofs to the very highest of standards – ensuring you get the very best in product, service and customer support every time.

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Design

Think about the orangery design you would like for your home, then discuss your ideas with us. Bring some rough measurements or maybe a photograph of your home and garden to our Winchester Showroom in Kings Worthy, Hampshire. We will then draw up the plans on our computer, showing you how it will look from every angle – as part of our free design and quotation service.

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Survey

One of our expert surveyors will then visit your home to take detailed measurements and confirm the position of the french doors, patio door or bi-folding doors and opening windows to your extension. If you do need planning permission, we can sort it out with the local authority in Hampshire.

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Installation

Unlike many other companies, Wessex Windows will handle everything, from digging the foundations, forming the base and building the walls, to erecting the frames, roof and fitting the glass. We precisely schedule each step so you know exactly who is arriving and when. Adding an extension is far less disruptive than a typical home extension, meaning the job can be done quickly and efficiently.

Finishing

We will plaster the internal walls, lay the floor and install the electric sockets and lighting if requested. If you have ordered a ceiling fan, we can fit it. We even clean up afterwards. When all the jobs are done, we may ask you to fill in a questionnaire, just to make sure you’re totally happy.


See some of our roof lantern projects

Take a look through the roof lantern projects we’ve completed for some of our previous happy customers, or visit our projects page for a broader look of other types of orangeries, conservatories and lantern roof extensions.

Lantern Roof Orangery

A large traditional orangery with white casement windows and french doors. New windows throughout the house, a composite front door and white roofline....

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Treble Lantern Roof Orangery

A very bespoke and unique orangery with treble lantern roofs, tilt & turn windows and french doors gave this already large house and much improved living...

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Double Lantern Roof Orangery

A unique double-lantern roof orangery with white UPVC trims and casement windows. 2 sets of Bi-Fold doors give a traditional orangery a more modern feel...

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Only the very best roof lanterns

All of our lantern roofs are exclusively manufactured for us by our Conservatory Outlet fabricator. Using cutting-edge technology and materials, our roofs are virtually maintenance-free; requiring nothing more than a quick wipe with a cloth to look brand new again. Understanding the importance of security, all of our lantern roof extensions feature the very best, most secure multi-locking systems and durable finishes, helping to create an room that is inaccessible from the outside when locked.