Which Roof Window Should You Choose?
Attic conversions are becoming more and more popular, and one of the major decisions you need to make is what kind of window you should install. The window will be the deciding factor when it comes to ventilation, natural light, and the insulation of your attic, so it is clearly a very important decision. That’s why you should do a little bit of research in order to get familiar with the different types of windows you can install on your roof.
Single-hung windows are the most common types of windows used in roofs. They are the go-to option for builders when you tell them you want an attic conversion, and this contains both the advantages and disadvantages of hung windows.
Due to its popularity, single-hung windows come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, and you can find replacement parts extremely easily. You can basically contact any contractor and they’ll be able to install these types of windows. If you want a relatively cheap window, and you aren’t picky, single-hung windows are for you.
Their downfall is because they are popular, they are unremarkable in every possible way. Installing these kinds of windows won’t bring attention to your house or increase its curb appeal. They are not the best when it comes to lighting, ventilation, and insulation too. You won’t be happy with single hung windows if natural light is your top priority, for example.
Balcony windows are a relatively recent and expensive option that looks unique and attracts the attention of your visitors. It is shaped in a way to provide a clear view to the outside and let you enjoy the top down view from your attic.
The main selling point of the balcony window is the superior viewpoint you’ll get. No kind of window can give you a view outside like balcony windows. This also usually means the window is larger and more open compared to the other types. This lets in a lot of natural light and keeps your room bright all-day. This goes for ventilation, too – your room will always have fresh air.
If you are surrounded with tall buildings or the view outdoors is unremarkable, you’ll be missing out on the biggest selling point of balcony windows, and we’ll have a hard time justifying the higher purchasing price. Due to its large and open nature, it’s much more difficult and expensive to properly insulate this kind of window. You’ll most likely see an increase in your electricity bills after installing it.
While skylight windows were traditionally only used in big buildings and apartment complexes due to its high price, the advances in manufacturing and installing has made it viable to install them in regular houses.
The advantages of skylights include the best natural lighting you can get with windows. Due to the fact it isn’t usually pitched like the other window types, you’ll get light for the largest period in the day. It’s also fixed and can’t be opened, which makes it surprisingly easy and effective to insulate. If you want a window that lightens up your room without making it much colder, skylight windows are perfect for you.
Skylights being a fixed type of window means you’ll get zero ventilation from them, and this can be a big issue if other parts of your house aren’t properly ventilated or you want a constant stream of fresh air. If no ventilation isn’t a deal-breaker for you then going with skylight windows is a safe choice.