Pitched Roof Window Buying Guide
At Sterlingbuild, we understand that as a homeowner you will probably have the need to put a roof window into your home on one occasion - whether that’s by building an extension or converting a loft space.
Our helpful and informative buying guide relieves you of all the stress in having to answer those tricky questions you don’t know the answers for. Such as; what type of roof window do I need and what roof window is best for the room I’m installing it in.
What room will the roof window be going in to?
Converting a loft space into a bedroom is the most popular choice when it comes to loft conversions. A top hung roof window is ideal in this scenario as the majority of roof window installations in a loft conversion are at eye-level. Enjoy stunning views and see further with no obstruction.
Specific size top hung roof windows also meet means of escape regulations. Please check with your local building control officer for more information on means of escape requirements.
Adding an en-suite to a loft conversion is sure to add a touch of luxury to your home. We understand how much of an importance privacy is when using a bathroom. Obscure glass means you get exactly that - total privacy; no one can see into the room.
Roof windows with obscure glazing are available in a host of opening methods and sizes.
In your kitchen, steam and heat produced from the oven or dishwasher can cause possible damage to any delicate item that is directly above. This is why your kitchen requires a at least one openable roof window to expel the moisture and heat.
White polyurethane or PVC finish roof windows are moisture resistant and will not be damaged due to their wipe-clean nature. Easily cleaned and maintained, the white finish units are the preferred option for a kitchen installation.
The living room is the space in your home where you’re guaranteed to spend the most amount of your daytime. Installations above head height are most common in the living room and you can make best use of this by installing the electric or solar powered roof windows.
Consider where best to place the window. Orientation is key when installing a roof window in the living room. Wanting to go install two smaller windows in a combination? Why not install one larger roof window?
Remote control or wall switch operated units guarantee no struggling when it comes to operating your roof window and add a real WOW factor to your home.
How would you like your window to operate?
Electrically operated roof windows add a real WOW factor to any home. Controlled by either remote control or wall switch, powered skylights are best installed in out-of-reach places.
What method of operation would you like your window?
Centre-pivot is the most cost effective solution for adding daylight & ventilation to your home. Available in electric and solar operation. Operated from the top or bottom of the sash – half of the window enters the room upon opening and the other half heads out of the room, meaning installation above head height will ensure you get the most out of a centre-pivot window.
The window for enjoying the views! The pivot is found at the top of the window with none of the sash coming into the room upon opening. Top hung roof windows also rotate in the middle to allow for safe cleaning from the inside. Best used for eye-level installations as well as being suitable for access and means of escape requirements.
Most commonly associated with FAKRO and Roto roof windows, side hung skylights offer a different dimension when compared to the top hung. The pivot is found on either the left or right of the window and certain sizes meet means of escape and access requirements. Perfect for eye-level installations.
Which glazing is best for you?
Safety glazing is ideal for above head height installations. If an object were to hit the laminated glass at force, instead of shatter and fall to the ground below, the pane would hold in place, much like a car windscreen, until you were able to get it fixed. Laminated roof windows available with VELUX, FAKRO, Roto, RoofLITE & ECO+.
Best finish for your room?
Do you like that vintage ‘chic’ look that’s been big for the last few years? Then you’ll love the white paint finish. A timber core frame painted in a white finish that will add style to any room.
Sometimes simply known as white PU, these windows incorporate a timber core and are covered in protective white polyurethane. Easy to maintain and simply timeless.
Coming with the same benefits as the white PU window, the white PVC frame does not have a timber core and is PVC through and through. Fantastic thermal performance and a wipe-clean service for ease of use.
An essential part of the overall installation of a roof window, a flashing is required to match to each window you order – that’s one per window. Some windows do come with flashing and this is stated on the relevant product.
Predominantly made from aluminium, flashings ensure a weathertight connection is made between roof window and roof.