How do you know which will be the best option for your home?
Whether it’s a new project or replacing existing roof windows, purchasing a roof window can seem difficult as there are a lot of features to choose from. These 6 steps help to find the right roof window.
Step 1: What do you want to achieve?
Before choosing roof windows and deciding on their layout, you must consider the function and the personal needs of the occupants of the room. What kind of room is it? Bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, or other?
When the room type has been decided, consider how much daylight and view is required. Then consider the shape and volume of the room in order to decide on the number and position of the windows.
Step 2: Select the type and operation method
Select how the window should open.
The top hung roof window is operated with a handle at the bottom. Best fitted on roofs with pitches between 15° and 55°, top-hung windows give you an unobstructed view of your skyline. These windows can be used as a means of escape if required.
VELUX INTEGRA® electric or solar-powered roof window
VELUX INTEGRA® is an innovative system of remote-controlled windows. Driven by a motor and powered either by electricity or solar cells, the VELUX INTEGRA® windows are ideal for out of reach situations. Available in centre-pivot, top-hung or flat roof window styles.
Centre-pivot roof window
The centre-pivot roof window is top-operated. Providing ease of use and maximum safety for children. Centre-pivot roof windows are ideal for pitched rooms with low ceilings. Can be turned 180 degrees for cleaning.
Step 3: Select the internal finish
Depending on the type and operation of the roof window, you must decide on the internal finish:
White painted finish
High quality pine wood with water-based long-lasting white paint with discrete wood grain. Suitable for almost all rooms.
White polyurethane finish
High quality moulded polyurethane protects the timber core and is easy to wipe clean. Ideal for humid rooms, such as kitchens or bathrooms.
Lacquered natural pine
Warmth of natural pine with long lasting triple coat finish. Ideal for a traditional interior.
Step 4: Consider the glazing options
The glazing is the easiest way to increase the performance of your roof window. The different types of glazing available have different added benefits such as heat insulation, sound insulation, added strength and protection from the outside elements. For more information on glazing options, click here.
Step 5: Choose flashing and installation products
To further improve energy performance, it's important to insulate around the edge of the roof window, which means choosing compatible flashing and installation products. VELUX and Solstro have a wide range of installation products available to make it quicker and easier to meet building regulation requirements and provide a more comfortable indoor environment.
For further details on flashing and installation products, click to see the range here.
Step 6: Add blinds and shutters
VELUX and Solstro blinds and roller shutters are not only designed to complement a room and interior - they also play an important role in managing heat, light and shading in a room when it gets too sunny. Most blinds also have the added benefit of heat prevention.