The rooflights were installed today. There are three sets. Two in the lounge and one in the kitchen. Each set is identical. 5 panes 600mm wide. Originally, we were going to install 6 panes 500mm, but this increase the amount of frame in the unit and reduced the amount of glass. 5 panes 600mm wide was about the same price as 6 panes 500mm wide.
Each set has two openers. These are electrically operated. The electrical unit has to be the ugliest thing ever. And the rocker switches that came with it are even worse! I am less worried by the switches as we will use the Loxone system to control the opening and closing of these windows. This means that when we set the alarm, the windows can be closed automatically. The motor units are more of a problem. I thought there were covers to go on them, but alas no – they are meant to look like this!
The installation was very quick – around 2 hours to get all three banks of rooflights installed. The frames and the glass are shipped separately and the team from Standard Patent Glazing assemble them on site. Unfortunately, one of the panes bumped into the scaffold when being brought into the extension. When it comes to glass versus scaffold, the scaffold is always going to win. The broken unit has been fitted temporarily, but a new unit has been ordered and should be installed next week.