An expert roof lantern installation firm has shared its experience of fitting the new Atlas Lantern 2.0 and is now urging fellow installers to cut their own lantern installation times with this pioneering solution, which is faster and easier to fit than ever.
Cheltenham-based Bifold Shop took to Twitter to speak out about its first installation of the new lantern and praised the many advances that Atlas has made; advances that, in fact, enabled the fitting team to cut installation time in half.
Speaking about the installation on a property in Birmingham, Damon Smith, managing director of Bifold Shop, said: “The new lantern is fantastic! It’s really easy to fit, and we finished quicker than ever before. It really is the slimmest lantern we’ve seen – we love fitting it, and our customers love the results!”
Damon explains why the customer chose the lantern: “The owners wanted an ultra-modern lantern with very slim sightlines. The aesthetics of this new lantern are amazing and they didn’t want anything else for their home. This lantern is very appealing to homeowners and it will sell itself because there really is nothing else like it out there.
“The Atlas lantern has been billed as ‘the next generation glazed roof lantern’ and it certainly did not disappoint,” adds Damon. “As the slimmest, lightest, finest looking and most energy efficient lantern currently on the market, it looks incredible but we also wanted to know how it performed for the fitters. Would it live up to expectation? And the proof is in the pudding.”
The new lantern was fitted by two men in record time. Bifold Shop’s installation manager Craig Carter was one of them. He said: “It is so much easier to fit that anything I’ve installed before. With less parts and components, it goes together incredibly smoothly and it’s very light to lift. The ringbeam is now in one piece, which makes for a much quicker install, and the fact that we don’t need to use silicone within the structure makes it a much cleaner job. The lantern arrives in secure packaging so there’s no chance of parts being damaged and the instructions are really clear – not that I needed them as it was that easy to put together!”
Lantern 2.0 was launched in January and Atlas has improved on all of its features to make it the best lantern the industry has ever seen. Created with installers at the heart of the process, the new lantern features a fully aluminium, thermally broken ringbeam, which has been reduced in size by 55% to make it even lighter, better looking and more thermally efficient than before. It also incorporates a sleeker ridge topcap, which is 25% slimmer than before to achieve super sleek sightlines when viewed from below. Thanks to a new ridge top cap, which has also been reduced in height by nearly 50%, the lantern sits much lower than before so it is more subtle when seen from above.
Gareth Thomas, sales and marketing director at Atlas Glazed Roof Solutions, added: “This lantern was launched just a few weeks ago to make time on site shorter for our customers and since then installers like Bifold Shop have been clamouring to fit it! It embodies everything the industry wants in a lantern – terrific design, incredible engineering and unsurpassed performance. Every element of this product has been very carefully considered and it’s sure to make a big impression on those installers out there who only want the very best for their installation projects.”
The Lantern 2.0 is perfectly proportioned with the internal ridge, transom rafters and hips the same 40mm width and appearance for a streamlined look. Unlike some alternative systems, there are no boss or hoods to intrude on the roof’s super-slim ridge. It is also one of the strongest glazed roofing systems available and, despite its extensive glazing, it delivers outstanding thermal performance. The ridge and rafters feature a thermal break to prevent cold air from penetrating to the inside of the rafter. The rafter is more thermally efficient than its nearest rival and can achieve a U-value of up to 0.9 W/m2k with triple glazing.