A VELUX roof terrace is a chic and contemporary addition to any home. VELUX roof terraces will add value to your home and increase the usability of a roof space you thought was redundant. Knowing what to expect when you purchase a roof terrace and what finishes you may have to choose from can be a minefield. Use our guide to figure out what will work for you.

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What is a VELUX roof terrace?

A VELUX roof terrace is an ideal solution for creating outdoor space using a pitched roof that you may otherwise have thought was not possible. Those with flat roofs can install hatches and clever access routes to utilise their space, but what about those with pitched roofs?

With a VELUX roof terrace, you cut away a portion of the pitched roof and install this roof terrace system for an immediate balcony. The balcony deck and railings must be purchased separately so it makes this set-up custom to you. You can choose from VELUX roof terraces in twin and triple options and this really just depends on what space is available.

VELUX roof terraces can be a door to the balcony to access outdoor space and when the door is shut they can be a stunning, glazed statement feature in the roof. Terraces come with a top half and a bottom half. The top half is made up of top-hung VELUX windows, whether you choose a twin or triple system, and the bottom half will comprise of fixed VELUX windows and then one right-hung or left-hung window which swings out to make the door.


Where can you install a VELUX roof terrace?

VELUX manufacture VELUX roof terraces for installation on pitched roofs only. The minimum pitch they can be installed in is 35 degrees and the maximum pitch for this system is 53 degrees. You can also only install a VELUX roof terrace if you get planning permission for this. This brings us nicely to ‘Do you need planning permission for a VELUX Roof Terrace?’

Do you need planning permission for a VELUX roof terrace?

In short, yes! You do need planning permission for a VELUX roof terrace as balconies, verandas and terraces aren’t allowed automatically under Permitted Development. Permitted Development is a set of works specific to a home which are essentially pre-authorised by the local authority. Works given Permitted Development doesn’t require express planning permission. For a lot of homes, this list can include loft conversions but regardless of the specifics of the loft conversion, it doesn’t include balconies etc.

Permitted Development doesn’t automatically allow for small balconies and terraces etc. as they could be deemed invasive since they make look over someone else’s property, or they may disrupt the aesthetic of a street if they’re front-facing. For example, these listed cottages would lose their historic and quaint feel if a modern balcony was installed on one.


What are the benefits of a VELUX roof terrace?

A VELUX roof terrace first and foremost lets in light no matter what the configuration. If the windows are closed then the large glazing panels will let daylight flood in to create a very enjoyable and usable space. There is a substantial list of benefits of installing one of these roof terraces.


  • Contemporary design and stylish centre-piece
  • Lets you use roof space that otherwise would have been redundant
  • Adds value to a property
  • Floor-to-ceiling views
  • Adds a touch of luxury for an inexpensive price
  • Offers thermal and acoustic insulation properties

What sizes and finishes are available for a VELUX roof terrace?

When opting to purchase a VELUX Roof Terrace you can choose between a twin or triple appearance, depending on the space you have available, and you can specify the internal style of the roof windows too. Choose between natural pine or white-painted window frames to create a seamless look and holistic final finish to your space.

The exterior of the VELUX roof terrace is grey aluminium as standard for a sleek, modern finish. This will match easily into any roofline. To help this installation look smoother from the outside, VELUX has included in their systems the flashing needed to weatherproof around the seal of the terrace windows. Flashings are either for up to 120mm thick tiles or for up to 8mm thick slate. Make sure you pick the correct type for your roof!roof-terrace-opening

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