If you’re converting your attic, extending your home, or you simply want to increase the amount of natural light in an existing part of the building, the chances are you’ll be looking to install some kind of roof window.
As well as looking great, roof windows can also really improve the function of a space, transforming it into something really impressive. This article looks briefly at the different kinds of roof windows that are available, and explains where each type of window might be used.
The most common kind of roof windows are those that open inwards from the top, and pivot at the centre of the frame. Centre-pivot windows are easy to install and easy to open and close once you’re using the room – so even if they’re above a desk or a bed, for example, you shouldn’t have any trouble.
Top-hung windows have a hinge at the top and a handle at the bottom, and open outwards. If the layout of your room makes these a feasible option, then benefits include increased headroom and improved views of the surrounding scenery. If you live in a picturesque area, these are definitely worth thinking about.
Electric roof windows are ideal when the ceiling isn’t easy to reach by hand – this is more likely to be the case in a ground floor extension rather than a loft, unless you live in a property with a particularly high roof. They are also a good option for people with limited mobility. The windows can be opened and closed using a remote, and the integrated blinds can also be operated in this way.
By combining a top-hung window with a side-hung window below, you can kill two birds with one stone, letting additional light into your room and providing access to a roof terrace.
If you’ve got a flat roof, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the benefits of a roof window. These can be fitted just as quickly, and look just as great once installed, with the added benefit of great views of the sky. If you live somewhere where there’s not much light pollution, a flat roof window on a clear night is something you can really enjoy.
As well as the roof window types listed here, you can also create combinations of different kinds of windows in order to create something completely unique and bespoke.
Thanks to Tony from Sterlingbuild.co.uk for this post. Tony is a loft conversion expert from the UK, with over 15 years experience in the trade.