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A Loft Conversion Transformation

A loft conversion involves the transformation of a dark, dingy storage space into a comfortable living area. This kind of home improvement is a great idea as it allows homeowners to take full advantage of their available space. Loft conversions can make an unpleasant space into a usable one, making the loft suitable for an office, another bedroom or even just a storage space that is pleasant to be in.

One of the biggest problems for loft conversions has always been finding a great source of lighting for the space. Traditional windows often require a major roofing project, and they can even demand that you change the shape of your slated roof to accommodate them. With the right window, you can create a bright, open environment that doesn’t compromise your building’s integrity.

Consider Natural Light In Your Loft Conversion!

The first thing you should consider when it comes to a real loft conversion is how you can actually provide natural light to the room. Windows are the obvious answer, but you need to make sure that the windows you choose are suitable for positioning on a slanted rooftop. Traditional windows are designed to sit vertically, meaning that their design is either unsuitable for rooftops in operational or reliability terms.

Roof windows, are designed to deal with the powerful effects of the weather, including the strong rains and winds that they will directly be exposed to. It is rare that these weather effects will affect vertical windows in the same way, so don’t make the mistake of assuming that the two are interchangeable.

Roof Windows: Styles And Types

There are several different types of roof windows which are suitable for loft conversions, but each one is operated slightly differently. Some of the most popular include:

  • Centre-Pivot Windows – These windows are designed to pivot in the centre of the frame. This allows an even opening between the bottom and the top of the window frame, which can allow cool air to enter the space and hot air to exit.
  • Top Hung Windows/MOE – These windows offer less in terms of air movement, but as they open from the top and move to a vertical position, they can be a good option when it comes to dealing with rain and other weather effects. As they offer a larger opening at the base of the window frame, they can also be used as a means of escape (MOE) or roof access in an emergency.
  • Conservation Windows – These windows are designed specifically to complement the traditional aesthetics of an older building. Conservation windows have a lower profile to the roof than other windows. They not only offer high quantities of natural light, but are easy to open and close.
  • Side Hung Windows – If you’re looking for windows which can be opened widely and are ideal during the summer months, than a side-hung window could be the perfect option for you. Although they let a lot of natural light in, when opened to their full capacity, they can be at risk from strong winds.

There are even several designs of windows which are remote-controlled, meaning that you can control your windows from the comfort of your bed!

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