Velux vs Dormer windows for my loft conversion?
The type of window you choose for your loft conversion affects the amount light in the room, its ambience and the overall cost of conversion. Getting this essential part of your project right is therefore a difficult decision for many. Both come with their own benefits and limitations, but whatever style of window you choose, we are certain you will be happy with the substantial improvement that a loft conversion presents to the home. To weigh up the pros and cons, NK Lofts have compiled this handy guide to make the decision easier.
Dormer windows are popular because they achieve more head height in the loft room where there would otherwise be a pitched roof to bump your head on. By building a projection upward from a sloping roof, more usable space is achieved and the room itself becomes a more conventional shape. The additional building, roofing and window fitting required will mean additional costs; however, large and modern dormer windows are considered feature statements and will add more value to your home, should you come to sell it.
As you can see, there are many benefits to installing a dormer window and these outweigh the slightly longer build time and planning permission you might need if you alter the property’s silhouette. To maintain the overall aesthetic of your home, a dormer window can also accommodate more styles of window frame, and in particular windows that match the rest of your home to make for a smart, uniform appearance.
A velux window in easier to install than a dormer window and still provides a decent amount of light for your loft conversion. The relative costs of purchasing and fitting are low, too, and you won’t regret a high quality velux window paired with any number of modern features, such as:
- Electric operation
- Extra large balcony windows
- Hundreds of blinds and shutter options
- Top hung hinges
- Solar operation
In the case of velux balcony windows, the window reaches close to the floor and opens from hinges at the top and bottom. The lower section of glazing becomes a balcony wall and the top half becomes a canopy. At either side, metal struts fold up and out to create a safe and smart balcony for all to enjoy.
Compared to a dormer window, the additional height achieved by a velux balcony window is limited and only works comfortably in warm weather. What you do gain, however, is an impressive viewing platform and unique loft space for relatively low cost. Even with this luxury option, velux windows are quicker to install than their dormer counterparts, so if time is a major factor for you, then consider velux windows the perfect solution.
Here at NK Lofts, we are happy to advise if you are unsure about the best window choice for your loft conversion. We can weigh up all the options available with honesty and clarity, and will always guarantee satisfaction with your completed loft. After all, we pride ourselves on creating brand new spaces for your to enjoy, right in the comfort of your own home. Our professional team get you well on the way to a loft conversion with all the finer details worked out in advance, for your complete peace of mind.
The NK Lofts team apply years of industry experience to turn unused loft and garage spaces into bedrooms, bathrooms, entertainment suites, offices and whatever you desire of your bespoke conversion. We only sign off on conversions that leave our customers with complete satisfaction, because we provide every service to make loft conversion as simple as possible. Our advisors give free site surveys and quotes, help to prepare planning documents, then keep you informed every step of the way while construction and conversion is underway. To make a start on your new loft room, contact our friendly team today.