Roof Windows Auckland Can Greatly Improve the Lighting and Ventilation in Attics

Roofs are often the ceiling for lofts and attics, and it is important that these small spaces be provided with the right amount of light if they are to be made habitable. Skylights have always been used on roofs to increase the light coming into the living space, but roof windows are better solutions.

Roof windows are usually outwardly opening windows that are designed to be part of the roof structure. They allow the space to get light and ventilation and makes the air in attics that much fresher. These roof windows Auckland will be bigger than skylights and will give a much wide view of the scenery and the sky above the roof. It is also possible to let in light from the roof into a home, through the use of light tubes, but this does not allow for easy operation of the window for getting in the air.

These roof windows must be designed as part of the roof, though it is possible to introduce them in existing roofs. The windows require having a frame that is anchored to the existing support structure of the roof. Care has to be taken to design proper protection from rain water that will fall on roofs. It is possible to do so if the upper part of the frame has flashing and gutters that offer the necessary protection and also allow the rain water to be carried away from the window. The rain that falls on the window panes will also have to be carried away by providing drain holes in the outer frame.

Roof windows Auckland can be windows that have the panes rotating around a central pivot. This arrangement can cause a visual obstruction, but will allow for increased ventilation, as the full opening is exposed. Windows can be top hung as this arrangement will allow windows to be opened even when there is a slight drizzle, as the window panes act like a rain shade. These windows are expensive but do not cause any obstruction to the view. Hardware is available that allows the windows to be opened to any desired degree and stay in that position. You can of course always combine the two styles to give you more flexibility of use. You can use side hung windows as well, but will require stays to keep them open. Sliding windows are another option, but this restricts the size of the opening that you can create for ventilation.

The glassĀ  used in roof windows require special attention, as the panes being at an angle to the horizontal, are more vulnerable to things falling on them. This damage can come from hail, branches of trees and other objects. It is a matter of prudence to use glass that is strengthened or wired so that it does not shatter easily. Windows also need to be of the correct size and must fit in with the decor of the attic or room.

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