Did you know that a common regret amongst homeowners who have an extension is not installing roof windows?
When building an extension, homeowners can at times overlook adding roof windows, believing that bifold and patio doors will provide enough daylight. In fact, when a new extension is built, the original room is usually longer, meaning the natural light has further to travel into the house. All too often, the original room becomes dark and gloomy and even on the brightest days artificial lights have to be switched on.
VELUX roof windows maximise the way light moves throughout the day, and also allow more natural daylight to penetrate deeper into the existing part of your home. By using natural light from above, you can bring twice as much daylight as vertical windows and doors, creating a much brighter, lighter extension.
Retrofitting roof windows
Making a new opening in an existing roof and retrofitting VELUX roof windows is a simple job for experienced builders. The location, size and quantity of roof windows should also be considered. VELUX recommends roof windows make up the equivalent of 15-20 per cent of the room’s floor space to let in the perfect amount of natural light.
Once the number and position of the windows are decided, it’s important to help the homeowner choose the right style of roof window for their extension as depending on the size and shape of the extension.
Homeowners who want to make the most of the latest automated smart home technology can opt for VELUX INTEGRA® electric and solar roof windows and blinds which, when connected to the VELUX ACTIVE indoor climate control starter kit, work to continuously monitor the indoor environment, closing and opening roof windows automatically to make sure the home’s climate is healthy and comfortable.
Placed high in the ceiling, VELUX roof windows will fill a room with daylight and open up the space. Providing the perfect combination of natural light and fresh air, they also funnel steam, smoke and cooking odours, perfect if the space is being used for a new open plan kitchen and dining room.
VELUX curved-glass rooflights in white polyurethane look as good inside as they do outside. The unique CurveTech glass top lets rainwater easily drain off the surface, even on 0° pitched roofs, to let daylight shine through without raindrops getting in the way.
VELUX flat glass rooflights start at £589, VELUX curved-glass rooflights start at £675, VELUX INTEGRA® roof windows start at £543. Suitable for roof pitches between 15° and 90°, VELUX INTEGRA® roof windows can be connected to the VELUX ACTIVE indoor climate kit, and cost £183.33.