‘Let in as much light as possible,’ was the brief to Benchmark Windows when tasked with supplying products for a new build extension to a beachfront property in West Sussex.

“The client was sent our way by their builder, who is a long-standing Benchmark Windows’ customer,” Benchmark’s Josh Brown explained.  “The requirement was to get as much light as possible into the new extension and for daylight to reach deeper into the plan.”

The product specification was influenced by the coastal location, such as self-cleaning glass for the rooflight for example. For this, Benchmark turned to Howells Patent Glazing.

Howells designed and manufactured its Ultraline aluminium rooflight with six panes of 28mm double glazed units and five 175mm glass rafter dividers, at a pitch of four degrees. 

The aluminium frame is powder coated in Anthracite Grey (RAL 7016 matt) on the outside and Satin White inside. 

For the self-cleaning glass, Howells used heat-soaked toughened glass with an easy-clean coating and solar control properties.

The rooflight was delivered to site unglazed due to the weight of the glass – each pane weighs 35kg

If an Ultraline rooflight measures less than five metres by two metres, the unglazed rooflight can be delivered preassembled, direct to site in an unbranded vehicle.  If the rooflight exceeds these dimensions, such as the one installed in East Preston, then it can be delivered in multiple parts. Early morning drop-offs mean the Ultraline rooflight can be installed in a day.



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