The Atlas lantern is still “the original and the best”, according to Winston Osborne, technical sales manager at Atlas Glazed Roof Solutions.
“Unsightly and bulky, a boss and hood intrudes onto the ridge and restricts the amount of glazing that can be incorporated into a roof lantern,” he said. “Originally, the only roofs that didn’t feature a boss or hood were timber and we knew we had to create a radical roof system that would strip out these intrusive components.

“As one of the original slim aluminium glazed roof manufacturers, we wanted to make aluminium the material of choice for roof lanterns so we began developing a new generation of aluminium roof where the rafters could run right up to the ridge without obstruction. The result was the super-slim Atlas roof, which was, and still is, the best-looking lantern on the market.”

Thames Valley Windows was the first installer to take the re-engineered Atlas roof to the domestic market after it was launched. Paul Schofield, design director at Thames Valley Windows, worked closely alongside the Atlas team throughout the development of the new roof to perfect the design.

“The industry was ready for a watertight lantern with no boss or hood to interrupt the roof’s slim-line ridge and we couldn’t understand why no manufacturer had succeeded in developing one,” Paul said. “We were really excited to be involved from the beginning and to see what Atlas came up with. It was the best lantern in the country then and it still is today. It helped to shape the lantern roof scene and set a precedent for other fabricators to follow.

“We fit hundreds of lanterns each year and the Atlas roof is the only system we use. We like to sell this roof because it’s so crisp, clean and contemporary and our customers love it because it looks amazing from both the inside and outside.”