Roof Windows

Shop for roof windows and roof lanterns for pitched roofs or flat roofs with Roofing Superstore's wide variety of products. Choose the perfect match and the perfect fit for your project. 

How do I want my roof window to operate?

There are three main types of roof windows: electric, manual and solar. Each of these has their very own applications, or areas of installation, that they may be more beneficial for.

Electric roof windows are perfect for installation in higher ceilings or hard to reach areas. If opening a window for you typically involves climbing over furniture, a kitchen side, or using an opening pole, electric windows are for you. Electric roof windows are opened with a remote control from anywhere in your home, and they automatically close if they detect rain. They also come with a whole host of other features including the fact that they’re programmable to open and close at certain times of the day, and they can be paired with smart devices to open or close if, for example, the temperature hits a certain figure.

Manual roof windows are what everyone commonly thinks of when we say roof window. It’s a window that is opened manually from inside the home and then closed manually too. These are ideal for easy to reach locations that mean that opening and closing the window isn’t particularly strenuous. They can be perfect for budget-builds and low-cost constructions!

Solar windows are like electric windows in that they can be programmed, they close automatically on detection of rain, and they can be opened or closed remotely from anywhere in the house. The only difference is that, as the name suggests, these are powered from the sun and don’t need to be plugged into a mains supply. Solar roof windows are perfect for the eco-conscious home owner who wants the benefits of an electric roof window without paying for the electricity!

Why are flat roof windows so important?

It’s been researched and documented so many times that high levels of Vitamin D is good for humans since it promotes calcium for bone growth and helps to regulate the immune system. Did you know that exposure to daylight is also good for sleep too? A new study carried out by a handful of universities and the VELUX group found that exposure to lots of natural light and sun during the day, followed by sleeping in total darkness, helps the body to sleep naturally and to take cues on when to sleep. This all promotes healthy living and a reduction of insomnia too.

All the research of natural daylight makes it undisputable that installing a flat roof window in an otherwise dark or artificially lit area can improve human health. Given that all it takes is a small sun tunnel or sun tube to begin injecting ‘real’ light into your home, investing in flat roof windows seems like a no brainer.

Where can I install a flat roof window?

Flat roof windows can be installed almost anywhere. The only 2 limitations on flat roof windows are that you must have the right amount of flat roof space to accommodate the window and upstand, and that the roof must be between 0 and 15 degrees. Flat roof windows are a fantastic addition to any home, freeing up spaces to be more usable and more enticing, offering more use of your existing space. They’re also extremely beneficial for those who are considering a flat roof extension because it means that no existing rooms lose any light. VELUX flat roof windows or FAKRO flat roof windows are perfect for this as they let in an extraordinary amount of daylight. 

Check out our 'Flat roof window buyer's guide' for more information about flat roof window types, maintaining flat roof windows and more!

Will I need planning permission for a pitched roof window? 

Unless you live in a listed building or conservation area, you don’t normally need to apply for planning permission for pitched roof windows. That’s because they normally fall under Permitted Development as you’re not doing anything to the volume of the roof.

You don't usually need planning permission to install a roof window or skylight into your home, especially when replacing an existing window of the same dimensions. Typically, you will only require roof window planning permission if you're making very visible changes to your property. You may also require permission if you need to change the position of chimneys, flues or pipes. The rights to undertake certain types of work are called 'permitted development rights'. The same rights that apply to houses may not necessarily apply to flats or commercial buildings. This article focuses on domestic residential properties.

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