Roof windows are split up into a number
of different categories, each with their own unique features. The
most popular categories are top hung roof windows, top-third roof
windows and centre pivot roof windows; each has their own
advantages and disadvantages. This guide is going to focus on the
centre pivot style roof windows, and will provide some advice on
what you need to consider when purchasing one.
Centre pivot roof windows are the most
popular type of roof window on the market. This is down to a number
of features that make them very desirable, most notably their lower
cost. On average, centre pivot roof windows will save you around
£50-100 when compared to top-hung windows, depending on the brand
and any upgrades included.
Unfortunately, centre pivot roof
windows also have a number of disadvantages when compared to their
more expensive alternatives. Due to the window pivoting about the
centre of the frame, the view is obscured
slightly when the window is opened. Furthermore, opening the window
causes the upper edge to protrude into the room, resulting in a
slight obstacle for people to bang their heads on. Of course, this
will not cause a problem if the window is situated above head
Once you have decided upon purchasing a
centre pivot window, there are a number of further factors to
consider. They come in a range of different finishes and with
different bonus features. There are also various brands to
consider. The most popular brands include Velux, Fakro, RoofLITE
and Keylite; all of which are available on the Ken's
Velux are the market leaders and have
been around the longest. They have an extensive range all of which
is of high quality and reasonably priced. Fakro and Keylite are
newer Roof Window Companies but both are strong competitors
alongside Velux within the Roof Window market. Rooflite is a sister
company of Velux and is the tradespersons choice window because of
their economical design and price.
The most popular types of finish are
PVC coating and pine. PVC coating protects the wood from moisture,
making it perfect for use in bathrooms and kitchens, or any area
where humidity and moisture may cause damage to the wood.
Furthermore, the PVC coating makes it easier to clean and maintain.
Both of these factors help increase the lifespan of the window.
Uncoated pine may not have the same
benefits as the PVC window, but it does have a natural look that
will compliment a more traditional interior décor. On top of this,
uncoated pine is less expensive than PVC coated windows, normally
around £30-40 less per window.
Centre Pivot Roof Windows are available
in electric and solar as well. Electric skylights provide you with an automatic opening system, removing the need for
manual control, which makes them ideal for out of reach windows.
Such windows come with a remote control and can be solar powered or
wired into your mains electricity. A nice feature of the electric
and solar roof windows is the rain sensor which closes the windows automatically in the
event of rain. Of course, these windows come at a higher cost than
manually controlled windows, usually adding around £300 to the
price. It is also possible to purchase a conversion kit to upgrade
your manual windows to electric. These can also be found on our
There are a number of different extras
and upgrades that improve the performance of roof windows. Common
upgrades are extra strength glazing, noise-reducing glazing,
burglar proofing, laminated panes, triple glazing, electric centre
pivot and solar centre-pivot. Naturally, upgraded roof windows will
come at a greater cost, up to £300 more than the standard
Extra strength glazing and burglar
proofing make the windows more difficult to penetrate. This reduces
the likelihood of the window being broken, increasing the security
of your home. Extra strength glazing is usually coupled with
laminated glazing on the inner pane. This stops the glass from
shattering when it is broken. Instead the pane will break into
larger pieces, which remain suspended in the frame.
Triple glazing reduces the amount of
heat that is lost through the glass. This is particularly useful in
colder regions and is desirable for rooms such as the bedroom in
order keep you warm throughout the night. On top of this, triple
glazing helps with noise reduction making it perfect for urban
Each window style comes in a range of
different sizes. Selecting the size of window is a very important
part of the purchasing process, so measure carefully and select
your window size from the drop box on the right hand side of the
Another necessary step is to order the
correct type of flashing for your window
and roof. This is important to ensure that the window remains
waterproof. View our flashing
buyer's guide for more details.
Ken's Yard also features a wide range
of blinds that are suitable for use with roof windows. From
venetian blinds to blackout blinds, we have them all.
Finally, Ken's Yard stocks a wide range
of skylight accessories. On the site you can find opening poles,
security locks, control poles, restrictors and more.
If you require any more information on
roof windows or any of the other products on our site, please don't
hesitate to contact our customer services department.