About Us

Since 1993, when we invented the original Conservation Rooflight, the company has been committed to designing and manufacturing high-quality rooflights and providing quality of service to all our customers.

We continually strive to innovate and develop our ranges by creating the minimalistic design aesthetic of the modern neo® range, offering a bespoke design service and developing a top-performing, energy-efficient range of rooflights, neo Advance®.

We were proud to announce that we became an Employee-Owned company in 2019 to secure the future of our business.  Learn more about our story and company values below.

Interested in joining our team?

If you are interested in joining our team, please have a look at our current vacancies. We also welcome CVs from the right people. Are you someone who wants to be a co-owner in a growing, values-led, employee-owned, award-winning business? Get in touch today.

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Our History... Spotting a gap in the market 

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When architect Peter King RIBA was practicing in London’s Hampstead Garden Suburb in the late 1980’s he had many clients who wanted to extend into their attics. The problem was getting access to light and ventilation – modern roof windows and dormers were completely out of the question due to the local Trust’s strict planning guidelines. The only option was a cast iron single-glazed rooflight based on the Victorian design, which was prone to rusting and leaking.

Turning an idea into a business

Peter set about designing a copy of the Victorian cast iron model which would meet modern standards, using steel, double-glazing, draught stripping and a thermal lining.

He developed a range using sizes from original Victorian patterns and called it the Conservation Rooflight. Conservation officers and architects loved it, appreciating its low-profile, glazing bar and slim sections, and continue to specify it 25 years later because it remains the best product in its class today.

Design and innovation

The Rooflight Company then added the Conservation Plateau for flat roofs to the range. The next development was the neo® range for pitch and flat roofs, with its edge-to-edge glazing and frameless, contemporary appearance.

Market-led thinking is behind the latest product, neo Advance – a top performing energy efficient rooflight which is suitable for coastal regions while retaining that clean line contemporary style that is fundamental to the neo® collection of rooflights.

As a design-led company it would be no surprise to learn that we are able to design and produce most sizes and shapes of rooflights with our Bespoke Design Service. We have been involved in specified projects ranging from Zaha Hadid’s Maggie’s Fife to the Natural History Museum.

From one architect solving a problem in the heritage market, to offering six different product ranges and with 70 co-owners of the business committed to designing, producing and providing the best products and services to our customers – what a journey!

 

Sustainability

As a responsible company, our vision is to be a force for good through values-led culture, innovation and a long-term sustainable approach. 

We follow the guidelines of REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE on an everyday basis by several small but incremental policies.

Our mission is to be carbon neutral and zero waste to landfills by 2026.




Employee Owned

Since 1993, when we invented the original Conservation Rooflight, the company has been committed to designing and manufacturing high-quality rooflights and providing quality of service to all our customers.

We continually strive to innovate and develop our ranges by creating the minimalistic design aesthetic of the modern neo® range, offering a bespoke design service and developing a top-performing, energy-efficient range of rooflights, neo Advance. 

We were proud to announce that we became an Employee-Owned company in 2019 to secure the future of our business.  Learn more about our story and company values below.

At a time in the history of humanity when all are pausing in enforced self-reflection, a sense of community and purpose is increasingly important. But how can a sense of community and purpose translate into meaningful practice?

A Meaningful Stake in the Business

It’s not just that our Co-owners get a share of the profits and have access to all financial reporting, there’s a deeper feeling of security for the future. This is because our Trust Deed prevents the business from changing hands, and the purpose of the Board of Trustees is to protect the interests of Co-owners.

As an employee-owned business every single Co-owner at the Rooflight Company has a voice and a true stake in the business, either directly or through our Voice Group. It’s the job of the Voice Group to take the opinions and ideas of their peers and bring these to the attention of the Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees. They know the ‘word on the street’ and are encouraged to speak truth to power.

A Unique Culture

Every business has its own unique culture – good, bad and somewhere in between. Our culture is based on three Guiding Principles of Values, Innovation and Long-term Sustainability - See our Guiding Principles.

 

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Our Vision & Values

As an employee-owned business our vision is to be a Force for Good through our three Guiding Principles - Values-led Culture, Innovation and Long-term Sustainability.  These principles guide future Trustees, Co-owners, the Co-owner Council and the Company Directors in their decision making and activities.

There are four values within our Values-led Culture – Integrity, Care, Empowered and Unity, each with specific behaviours associated with those values.  It creates an atmosphere where personal growth is encouraged, nurtured and recognised.

With innovation, we strongly encourage new ideas and market-led thinking to design and make rooflights for the architectural building product market that are novel, elegant and useful, continually balancing form and function.

Long-term sustainability in terms of growth and the environment means that we don’t accept quick fixes or unsustainable solutions. We believe it’s our responsibility to play our part in mitigating climate change and we have an ambitious target of achieving zero waste to landfill and being carbon neutral by 2026.


Our culture in the words of our co-owners

Attention to detail

Checking Standards

We specify materials from the world’s leading suppliers, but we still inspect every single item at every single stage to ensure that they match our exacting standards. It is said that windows are the eyes of a building and it is the attention of experienced human eyes at every stage which contribute to creating the special nature of the Roof Windows we produce.

Nowadays, specially formulated silicone sealant takes the place of putty and, as with the glaziers of days gone by, this skilled stage of the process of window making is fundamental as it determines the performance and the aesthetic appearance of the finished product. Precision is built in at every stage in the creation of the products which carry our name.

Investing in the Latest Technology

Our designers use the latest CAD/CAM Technology to help create the market leading designs for which the Rooflight Company has become renowned. Not only do we invest in the latest technology, but more importantly, we invest in recruiting and training the very best people throughout the company. It’s this combination of technology and craftsmen which produces that extra special something which you don’t find elsewhere.

Rooflights are under constant scrutiny as they are “held up to the light” every day of their ‘life’. That’s why we have scrupulous inspection; looking for any blemishes which might be acceptable for conventional windows but as far as we are concerned — they just won’t do!

Despite their initial appearance roof lights are precision-built components where compliance to every measurement count. Roof lights which don’t comply to our exacting tolerances would create problems at the Installation stage and every stage of their life thereafter. Our production engineers pre-set our machinery to create components which comply with these dimensions.

Our patented “Thermoliner®” ensures you enjoy a condensation-free view of the outside world – and it’s unique to our rooflights. The designers and engineers have been precise in its creation, but it could all be to no avail if it’s not produced correctly. The machinery is set to create a perfect product every time but the experienced eye knows that the creation of perfect corner joints is crucial to the performance of this key element; – so we just check every single one – to ensure the machine is doing as it’s been told.


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