Whether you’re planning an extension or converting your loft, roof windows are perfect for introducing natural light into areas where standard windows can’t be installed. By transforming dark areas into liveable space, they could also increase the value of your home and make it more attractive to buyers.
We take a look at the variety of designs and materials on offer.
Roof window designs
Many homeowners choose to install centre pivot roof windows, as they’re generally the cheapest way to add extra light and ventilation. Opened by the top or bottom of the sash, centre pivot windows are designed so that half of the window enters the room while the other half exits.
Top hung windows are another popular option, as the pivot is at the top of the window, so none of the sash enters the room. Often installed at eye-level, these are ideal if you’re keen to enjoy the views from your extension or loft conversion. They maximise the light entering the room, block out the rain and rotate in the middle for safe cleaning.
Side hung roof windows are also a great option for rooms with a view, as the entire window is outside when opened. You can choose from a left or right pivot and use the window as a means of escape.
While double glazing is still a popular choice, there are plenty of other options to select from. Live in a noisy built up area? Then you could install noise reduction glazing, which features specially laminated layers of glass and is also hard to break. If safety is a major concern, laminated glazing could be the perfect fit, because its tough inner panes will stop any glass from falling into your home if the window is broken.
If your project involves adding a bedroom or bathroom, you could install a roof window featuring opaque glazing, as this will provide extra privacy. There’s also the option of enhanced security glazing, which prevents glass removal by including a reinforced hinge and lock system. This makes it particularly well suited to ground floor extensions.
Energy efficient triple glazing consists of three panes of heat-strengthened glass which reduce condensation, improve insulation and prevent noise. Triple glazed roof windows will keep your home cosy in winter and cooler in summer. They’re also very easy to clean.
Window frames featuring a timber core painted white are a great choice if you need to brighten up your living space, as the painted finish reflects light. These frames have a modern look and are super strong.
White polyurethane (PU) frames also feature a wooden core, but they’re finished in protective white polyurethane, making them both stylish and durable. Because PU windows frames are moisture resistant, they’re perfect for kitchens and bathrooms.
White uPVC frames are easier to clean and maintain than PU frames, as there’s no timber core. Made from unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, these frames provide excellent insulation, strength and durability. They’re also great value for money.
You could, of course, choose traditional lacquered pine frames for your roof windows. As well as being long-lasting these have a warm, timeless look that particularly suits traditionally decorated loft bedrooms.
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