The Practical Benefits of Roof Windows

Date Posted: 21 December 2018


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Whether they are found in a loft conversion, extension, or in the master bedroom, roof windows can be a fantastic opportunity to bring natural light into your home, as well as a bit of style. Not only do they have a unique design that creates an impact in any room, they are also one of the more versatile windows you can incorporate into your home.

Though design will certainly play a part in your choice of window, it’s time to shed “light” on the practical reasons for opting for a roof window, especially if you are undertaking a project such as a loft conversion or an extension. After all, windows are an important investment in any part of the house, and it is important to choose a window that is both cost-effective and multifaceted.

Roof Windows Are More Cost-Effective

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If you’ve decided on a loft conversion, cost is likely going to play some sort of role in your plans, particularly if you’re hoping to add value to your property. Though roof windows are still a considerable investment, the truth is that a rooflight loft conversion is still the most cost-effective option available.

Unlike dormer conversions, rooflight loft conversions can keep costs lower due to the smaller amount of structural work that needs to be accomplished. Rooflight conversions are also unlikely to require planning permission, as they are not an obstruction to neighbouring houses.

Roof Windows Allow More Natural Light

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Because roof windows have a sky-facing orientation, they naturally allow more light into a space than traditional windows. It is also far easier and more cost-effective to install multiple roof windows - as opposed to multiple dormer windows - in order to increase the amount of natural light.

Not only do roof windows allow more natural light, they also offer the opportunity to dictate where the natural light is coming from. For example, where placing a traditional or dormer window can be limited by roof structure or planning permission, roof windows can be placed almost anywhere.

This means that you can take advantage of the natural light however you see fit. If your room function depends on plenty of natural light throughout the day (such as a home office), a south-facing window would be the best option. If you prefer to have natural light during the morning, but not so much during the afternoon, then an east-facing set up would be perfect for your home. A north-facing window will limit the amount of natural light you have access to the most, which may be beneficial for rooms such as home cinemas.  

By installing a roof window, you can quite literally manipulate the natural light coming into your home according to your lifestyle.

Roof Windows Are Extremely Versatile

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Roof windows are not only a versatile option when deciding on a loft conversion or extension. They can also provide you with flexibility in various rooms of your house - hence why many people choose to install them in rooms where traditional windows are not providing enough light or ventilation. For example, a small and dingy bathroom can be transformed by installing a roof window where a large enough traditional window would not have fitted.

However, roof windows are not just useful for lighting up a dark room. They are also excellent sources of ventilation, and just like placing them in the right spot for maximum daylight, you can install a roof window wherever you feel you need ventilation the most. Rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms, which often produce a large amount of steam, can benefit from this kind of functionality.


Whether it’s a spare bedroom, an office or an entire two-story extension, every home needs light and ventilation to make it feel comfortable and open. Roof windows can not only enhance the design of your room, but also offer practical and cost-effective solutions to your space without the need for major construction - making it a more pleasant space to be in.