Maximising daylight in your home

Don't overlook the importance of natural light when taking on a renovation project or extension. These top tips for choosing the best glazing to maximise light will see you through

rooflights in a loft conversion
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When it comes to home renovation projects, homeowners often overlook the importance of natural daylight on design. Whether adding a new open plan kitchen and dining room extension to suit the needs of a growing family or making the most of unused attic space with a stylish master bedroom, natural daylight should be at the forefront of any design decisions.

Natural daylight is essential in brightening any new space and creating the feeling of extra room. By using natural light from above, you can bring in up to twice as much daylight as vertical windows and doors of the same size, creating a much lighter space that is airy and well ventilated. Getting the right amount of daylight in your space is equally as important. VELUX recommends opting for roof windows that make up 15–20% of the room’s floor space.

Which roof windows will work best in your space?

As well as size, thought should also be given to the type of roof windows to allow your space to benefit from as much daylight as possible. Choosing the right type of roof windows all comes down to the project, as needs will be different for different rooms in the house. For example, if you are extending your home with either a flat or pitched roof single-storey extension, there are a number of suitable options.

flat rooflight in a kitchen extension

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Glazing for flat and pitched roofs

If your single-storey extension has a flat roof, choosing roof windows that will allow rainwater to drain from the surface is a good idea for those rainier months. Products like VELUX curved-glass roof windows work well as they stop rainwater gathering on top – even on 0° pitched roofs. Curved roof windows will open up your space and bring the perfect combination of natural light and fresh air, without raindrops getting in the way.

For single-storey extensions with pitched roofs, consider how much control you want to have over your indoor environment. Combining roof windows with bi-fold doors is a great idea in your extension, however on sunny days your space can quickly become warm and stuffy. Opting for products that give you increased access to your windows will allow you to easily regulate your homes temperature. VELUX suggest its INTEGRA® electric and solar powered roof windows which give ultimate control as they open and close with just one touch of a pre-paired wall switch.

Saving space in a loft conversion

loft conversion with top hung rooflights by VELUX

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In a loft conversion, space is often at a premium and so its important for fittings and furnishings to take this into consideration. A great way to save space is by choosing windows that open outwards like VELUX top-hung roof windows. Choosing roof windows like this will give you uninterrupted views while creating the feeling of extra space and won’t restrict where you can place your furniture.

We recommend homeowners consult an architect or builder to get their expert opinion on how to optimise the light in an extension or loft conversion.

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