How To Choose Roof Windows
Home improvement projects are a great way of enhancing the use of a home and increasing space. As attic, loft and barn conversions are very popular, the market for roof windows is very competitive too. There is a huge choice available, from so many different manufacturers. Whilst Velux are the most recognisable brand name, they are not the only choice with others such as Roto offering unique alternatives. George Hill Timber are the first choice locally for all building projects and can supply almost any type of window opening to complete the job.
Here is our brief guide on choosing Roof Windows.
Things to consider when choosing Roof Windows
- Opening Type,
- Interior and Exterior Finish,
- Manual or Electric,
- Flashing Kit,
There are many types of roof windows available, with various opening mechanisms. Centre-Pivot, Top-Hung and Top-Third pivot are the most widespread in the UK. The nature and layout of the room can sometimes dictate what is needed from a window. If a “Means of Escape” is required, a Top-Hung or Top-Third Pivot is the natural choice. Side-Hung openers are an alternative but less common. There are also more bespoke options such as Roof Balconies and Terraces which can totally transform the upper levels of buildings.
As with traditional room windows, there are many finishes available. Pine is typically the most popular internal finish along with the various uPVC finishes. However, solid oak is now becoming an increasingly popular option for roof windows. Externally, optional colours and finishes can alter the visual perspective and the “Conservation” ranges are perfect for more traditional buildings.
Manual or Electric
The electric opening window is the ideal solution for out of reach situations, such as open plan layouts or high ceilings.
The flashing is effectively the fitting kit for the roof window that ensures it is weatherproof. Matching the flashing to the roof is essential for a professional and seamless finish. The type of slate or roof tile along with roof pitch dictates what flashing is required.
NOTE: Check the flashing kit you choose matches the angle of your roof. Many people, including local planning officials, are caught out by looking at the minimum 15 degree angle stated for the Window. However, the flashing kit has a minimum angle also.
Warranties of up to 15 years is commonplace so make sure you check each Manufacturers own warranty before purchasing for extra peace of mind.
The initial cost of the roof window should obviously be a consideration, however, quality, customer support and long term performance should also be at the forefront of your decision. An initially cheap window could lead to potential costly headaches further down the line.