Placement and Size:
Firstly, you need to consider where you want your Roof Window, as you’ll want to make sure it is at the optimal place for your space. If you were wanting to install one into your Kitchen then you may want to increase the amount of light in the morning, which means you want to look at an east-facing window to achieve this. However, if it’s more light later in the day then you’d need to install a west facing option.
You will also need to factor in more practical issues that may occur when trying to place this window. The structure of your home can make a big difference – Do you have beams or electrics that could affect where you can install?
When making your decision about where to install, you should also think about the size you want your roof window. As even though the bigger the window the more daylight you will gain, with that you could get too much brightness which could cause uncomfortable heat.
Flat Roof Window System – Perfect for those of you who have a flat roof but still want more natural light. These can be non-opening, or can be opened mechanically or electrically depending on your budget and preference. This option can be non-opening which takes away the need for electrics, or can be opened if you desire.
Balcony Roof Window – These are perfect those who have a loft room or have a period style property. They can add air and light to your roof when closed, and when opened you have a mini balcony added to your space!
Dome Roof Window – Perfect for flat roofs of Kitchens, Bathrooms and extensions to let light and ventilation in.
These come in various different versions, allowing you to open if you desire, and are available in a circular option!
Sun Tunnels – These are a very cost effective way of bringing natural sunlight into a room where adding a roof or normal window isn’t possible. Having a reflective tube allowing light to travel from the roof to an interior space.
There are many other options out there, however these are the key ones to consider.
Once you decide on the type of Roof Window you want, you then need to think about the technology behind it – This means choosing how you wish them to be opened:
Centre Pivot – Very popular and versatile choice, having a top control bar makes it easy to open. You will need to make sure this option is installed within reach.
Top Hung – This opens outwards giving you an unobstructed view and gives you that feeling of more space, but you will also have to make sure this option in installed within your reach.
Electric – Ideal for windows out of reach as it allows you to open and close through either a handheld remote or an option for a wall mounted switch.
If you want additional technology there is an option for a control pad with predefined programmes. This allows you to control light, heat and ventilation.
When it comes to Glazing for your Roof Windows - There are roof window suppliers that offer an integrated expanding Thermal Collar, which bridges the gap between the frame and building envelope.
This allows you to save time and cost, and gives you a fast insulation solution.
You will also find some roof window suppliers have a selection of specialised glazing as well as their Standard glazing which can be made for Heat protect, Noise reduction, Extreme weather, or even Integral remote control blinds which means you can have integrated blinds within the panes of your window – Perfect for a bedroom!