The loft can often be the best part of a house.
There are so many ways to create light in a loft conversion (including windows, roof lights, bi-folding or French doors). But how do you go about creating a bright and airy room when there is little wall space available?
For many homeowners, roof windows offer an ideal solution for loft conversions where a standard vertical window is simply not practical.
And when it comes to roof windows, there really is only one name to turn to in the industry: Velux. In fact, the name “Velux” is now so well-known that it has almost become a byword for roof windows. These windows can be installed without having to make any major structural changes to the roof.
Founded in the early 1950s, the Danish company still retains its original values of introducing natural light, fresh air and a better quality of life into rooms where the windows are installed.
Let there be (natural) light
Velux windows bring in much more direct light throughout the day than a conventional window. This is because these windows are fitted into the slope of the roof and directed upwards, meaning they are not susceptible to falling into shadow as the sun moves across the sky.
A standard bedroom typically only has one window in one wall. But a standard loft can have two roof windows on one side and another on the other side, which creates light from both directions.
Introducing plenty of light into the room will help to create the illusion of more space — ideal in smaller loft conversions. Maximum natural light will also have a positive effect on anyone living or working in the space, as daylight is proven to help people feel more energised and boost their mood.
Although natural light is one of the main benefits of Velux windows, they offer a couple of other advantages, too.
A breath of fresh air
In the UK, most people will spend a significant amount of time indoors, so it’s essential to have good air quality throughout the home.
Roof windows provide excellent ventilation — helping to control odours, decrease the levels of airborne pollutants and reduce moisture in the house, which can cause mould and condensation issues as well as health problems such as asthma.
Warm and welcoming or cool and calming
A comfortable home is a happy home — whether that means being cosy and warm in winter or nice and cool in summer. Velux windows with energy-efficient glazing can increase a home’s thermal comfort all year round.
In the summer months, when heat waves can make loft spaces feel particularly stuffy, roof windows will keep warm air out and soaring temperatures under control. In the winter, the windows will then trap warm air inside.
Thermal comfort is about more than just cosy conditions, though. By improving insulation, roof windows will also improve the energy balance in the home and help to reduce bills.
Peace and quiet
Whether it’s a noisy neighbour or traffic from a busy nearby road, unwanted noise can be stressful and affect wellbeing — so, adequate sound insulation is incredibly important in any home.
Reinforced Velux windows with superior acoustic insulating properties will keep out noise pollution to ensure the loft remains a tranquil and inviting space.
Make the most of your home
Every homeowner knows that space is a precious commodity. Moving house is more expensive than ever, so it’s vital to make the most of what you have — which is why the demand for loft conversions continues to surge.
Whether it is for a bedroom, home office or playroom, a roof window that floods the space with daylight, improves ventilation and minimises outside noise will instantly make the room more habitable and enjoyable to spend time in.
Velux is also the leading producer of blinds for room windows and offers various remote-control options to open and close them — ideal when they are installed in difficult-to-reach places. These smart windows are also available with automatic capabilities, meaning they can detect the room temperature and whether or not it’s raining to open and close accordingly.
If you’d like to find out how you can brighten your loft space, contact one of our friendly team today!