Velux Windows FAQ’s discussed by Guardian UK

Guardian Roofs UK is delighted to announce they are now working in partnership with Velux to supply its customers with supreme quality Velux windows which will transform any room into a light, modern and contemporary space with twice the natural light entering. Our Velux Window FAQ’s will tell you everything you need to know about Velux and how they integrate perfectly with our Guardian Warm Roofs and SIP Extensions.

What is a Velux Window?

VELUX is the worlds leading manufacturer of roof windows, flat roof windows, sun tunnels and roof window blinds. Velux windows are premium quality roof windows that offer many benefits to any room or extension in your home or business.

Over the last 75 years, the VELUX Group products have helped homes and business to create bright, healthy, energy-efficient spaces in which you can live, work, learn and play, using natural light, openness and fresh air.

The VELUX Group have established a global reputation for innovation, manufacturing and delivering better living and working environments for people around the world. Guardian Roofs UK is proud to be one of their key partners and offer a wide range of Velux products and solutions.

Where would you have a Velux Window?

You can have a Velux window or roof light fitted in any room or space which has an external flat or sloping roof. They are perfect in extensions, solid tiled conservatory roofs, roof extensions, hallways, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, lounges, living rooms, dining rooms and snugs, the list is endless and they will double the natural light that enters a room by fifty per cent.

How big are Velux Windows?

The size of the Velux window and how many windows you have fitted in one room will make a huge difference to the natural light that enters. There is a huge range of sizes, options and combinations available and these can be found here. Guardian Roofs UK is an official partner with Velux and can help you with the design, supply and installation of any Velux window.

How small can Velux Windows be?

There are so many Velux window types and sizes to fit all rooms and you can find the options here. Guardian Roofs UK can guide you through your design and give you ideas that you might not have thought of to really open up your conservatory or extension.

Can Velux Windows be fitted into an existing roof or extension?

Velux windows can be fitted into an existing external roof to replace an existing roof window. There are many benefits to having Velux windows fitted and these include; improved energy and thermal efficiency, insulation, ventilation, noise reduction, and they can also be automated so at a touch of a button they can be opened or closed, with sensors so they automatically close if it starts to rain as well as being solar powered. The windows get the power they need from the sun which allows you to open and close them automatically or with a remote control.

What type of roofs can a Velux Window be fitted in?

A Velux window can be fitted in a flat or sloped solid roof bringing in natural light and fresh air to your home or business.

Velux WindowWhat are the benefits of a Velux Window?

Improved Insulation

Even if your old roof window is in good or reasonable condition it won’t be as thermally efficient as a new Velux window as their technology and manufacturing have come on leaps and bounds. The design of a Velux window has adapted and improved over the years and they are now much more thermally efficient. You will be surprised how much warm air can escape through an older style window and you won’t feel draughts any more when you replace them. A new Velux roof window is double glazed and will keep your room warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer due to its insulated and thermal capabilities.

Thermal Efficiency

Velux windows are double glazed and have excellent thermal efficiency, ensuring the cold air doesn’t come into your property and the warm air doesn’t escape. They also ensure that the warm air in the summer doesn’t get into your home or business, therefore, keeping it cooler inside during the summer. Thermal comfort is vital at home or at work and having a thermally efficient Velux window will reduce your energy bills throughout the year.

Improved Ventilation

Ensuring your home is well-ventilated means there is less risk of condensation and problems arising from damp. Small ventilation openings in windows allow a continuous (but small) influx of fresh air from outside. The Velux vents allow a small amount of air to come in from outside and for the inside air to pass to the outside, this ensures you benefit from the fresh air without your window having to fully open. These vents will remove stale air from your property. freshen the air inside which results in better air quality and thermal comfort. Most of us spend 90% of our time indoors and it is important to breathe in ‘good’ quality fresh air.  According to DEIC, the quality of indoor air influences our:

  • Comfort: the pleasantness of fresh air is immediately felt when a person enters a building
  • Health: humidity in buildings can cause illnesses such as asthma
  • Performance: high-quality indoor air can improve mental performance and general health and well-being

Weather Resistant Seals

Velux windows come with weather-resistant seals ensuring the elements are kept outside, draughts are kept out and your home or business is kept warm and dry.

Increased Natural Light

The new generation VELUX roof windows are the same frame size, however, the glazing is actually bigger, resulting in more natural light entering a room. One roof window alone allows twice the natural light to enter and the benefits are huge.

  • Boosts vitamin D within our bodies – when we are exposed to natural light (not just direct sunlight) our skin naturally absorbs vitamin D which is a critical nutrient that prevents bone loss and reduces the risk of heart disease, weight gain, and various cancers, as well as general well-being
  • Wards off seasonal depression – If we live in dark and dreary rooms with no natural light it can make us feel low, tired and generally worn out. Getting as much natural light as possible helps to keep our mood changes at bay, improves our sleep and makes us feel healthier, with much more energy
  • Improves sleep – the more natural light we are exposed to the better quality sleep we have at night
  • Reduces health risks of fluorescent lighting – the more time you spend in a source of natural light, the less time you’ll spend in unnatural electric powered lighting which can cause migraines and tiredness

Velux roof windows provide high intensity, direct natural light, making your home or business feel open and airy, resulting in us feeling better and healthier every day.

Being exposed to natural daylight is associated with:

  • A positive attitude
  • Enhanced morale
  • Less fatigue and
  • Reduced eyestrain

Velux has done intensive research and launched a book providing information and recommendations, tools, metrics and codes for topics like daylighting, ventilation, thermal comfort, acoustics, energy and environment. The Basic Book on Daylight, Energy and Indoor Climate is a useful tool for those of us who are planning to have a house or extension built, or if you work in the construction and architecture industry.

UV Protection 

Our bodies need vitamin D which comes from natural sunlight, however, exposing ourselves to too much UVA light from the sun is not good for our bodies and skin so modern Velux roof windows offer even more sun screening benefits than they did before.

Noise Reduction

Velux roof windows protect us from unwanted noise coming inside, they are double glazed, sealed, airtight and insulated and all of these components will make your home or business much quieter.

Cost Benefits

A Velux Skylight with integrated solar energy cells can mean that you qualify for Federal Tax Credit. Velux skylights are an investment and can reduce heating and cooling costs from the extra natural light that enters a room as well as the option to open the window for venting.

High-Tech Safety

Velux offers superior protection against the elements and the newest models have a sensor that automatically triggers the roof-light window to close when it rains. Some Velux models include a remote which allows you to open and close your roof light window when you want to. Velux windows are extremely secure to protect you from any break-ins.

Easier Cleaning

The Velux window chemical coating reacts to UV and starts to break down dirt on the window making it easier to maintain and keep your window clean. Velux calls it an easy clean coating as you can clean the glass with water and without the need for any cleaning solutions. Velux roof windows completely rotate, allowing you to clean the outside glass easily and safely from the inside.

Huge Range

Velux windows come in a huge range of sizes, frames styles, colours, operation, glazing and finishes so there is always a Velux window to suit your home or business. At Guardian Roofs UK we will help you with the design of your windows and offer advice on sizes, the number of windows you could install and the finishes to best suit your needs.

Blinds

Bespoke Velux blinds will fit your window perfectly. They come in a huge range of styles and colours and are easily clipped into your Velux window frame in just minutes without the need for drilling or any DIY.

What are the disadvantages of Velux Windows?

Installation

Due to the size and dimensions of a Velux roof window, you will need a specialist who has the knowledge and expertise to install it for you. Guardian Roofs UK won’t charge you extra for fitting your new Velux windows and one of our expert team will be on hand to install it quickly and efficiently for you.

Is a Velux window self-cleaning?

The Velux window chemical coating reacts to UV which breaks down dirt on the window, making it easier to maintain and keep your window clean. It has an easy clean coating so you can clean the glass with water and no additional cleaning solutions. Velux roof windows completely rotate, allowing you to clean the outside glass easily and safely from inside.

Can you open Velux windows in the rain?

You can have a Velux roof window part open and this allows the fresh air to enter even if it’s raining. You can also have the window closed and the vents open and again this allows the air from outside to circulate inside making your room feel fresh and airy.

Can you fit blinds to a Velux Window?

There is a huge range of Velux blinds which will perfectly fit your Velux window and they easily clip into the window frame meaning there is no need for drilling or any major DIY. There is a huge range of colours and patterns to choose from, from neutral contemporary tones to bright and vivid colours.

Velux Window Blinds Include:

  • Blackout Blinds
  • Due Blackout Blinds
  • Replacement Blackout Blinds
  • Colour by You Collection
  • Blackout Energy Blinds
  • Disney & Velux Goodnight Collection
  • Venetian Blinds
  • Roman Blinds
  • Pleated Blinds
  • Awning Blinds
  • Insect Screens
  • Roller Shutters
  • Roller Blinds

What types of blinds fit a Velux Window?

The best blinds to fit your Velux window are Velux Blinds as they are made to perfectly fit and they slot into place in minutes rather than having to drill any holes. There is no cutting or trimming required and it rolls up into itself from a hidden track which runs down the side of the frame ensuring it doesn’t hang down when the blind is closed. There is a huge range of blinds, colours and patterns to choose from and one to suit every style and decor.

Can Velux WIndows open automatically?

Velux has released a new smart window system that will automatically open and close roof windows without any input from you. The Velux Active window uses a sensor located inside to detect temperature, humidity and CO2 levels, as well as using an online weather data system. Coupled with intelligent algorithms, the system will determine when the window and blinds or shutters need to be opened or closed. It will work out the best angle the window should be opened to and the duration to ensure your room is ventilated enough. the inbuilt rain sensor detects when the window needs to be closed in case the weather forecast is incorrect. If your room is getting too hot a heat protection algorithm moves the window, blinds and or shutters into the correct position. You are also able to manually open and close your Velux window, blinds or shutters using a remote control or the Velux app. You can also control the position of your window using Siri, it really is that easy.

Who can install a Velux Window?

Velux windows can be tricky to fit so its always best to use a Velux supplier or Velux specialist like Guardian Roofs UK.

Do you need planning permission for a Velux window?

You don’t normally need planning permission for most roof windows and skylights if planning permission for an extension has already been agreed, or if you are fitting a new conservatory roof and want to install Velux roof windows. Be aware that roof windows will need planning permission if they protrude more than 150 millimetres above the existing roof plane.

Will a Velux Roof Window add value to a property?

Adding an extension, renovating a property or replacing a conservatory roof will often add value and having Velux roof windows will be a big selling point to potential buyers. They add energy efficiency to your home, transform a room into a light, modern and contemporary space, with twice the natural light entering, and this will really appeal to most buyers.

What is a Velux Modular Skylight System?

The Velux Modular Skylight System is designed for flat-roofed spaces or buildings. They are specially designed to bring a huge amount of natural light into modern flat roof homes. The modular system can be seamlessly built into the existing design of your home, or integrated into a new design during the planning stages. The Velux Modular Skylight System opens up the inside of your property via the ceiling and is a defining and unforgettable feature.

What are the Benefits of a Velux Modular Skylight System?

  • Slim profiles allow more natural light to enter a space by reducing the amount of frame
  • Their curved surfaces minimise shadowing effect
  • The hidden actuator opens and closes the unit via the remote control or your pre-programmed settings
  • Roller blinds are supported by thin, free-floating wires to create an invisible effect. Blinds are available in three neutral colours that match any interior
  • With its build-in VELUX INTEGRA® intelligent system, you control all venting modules and roller blinds directly via the INTEGRA® control pad
  • Every venting installation is fitted with a rain sensor

What is a Velux Sun Tunnel?

The Velux Sun Tunnel is a circular skylight which extends from the roof through the ceiling and captures the daylight, bringing light to areas that traditional skylights are unable to. They are an amazing addition for darker and smaller areas like; closets, dark hallways, laundry rooms, and bathrooms, taking up minimal space and minimising the heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter.

Can I automate an existing Velux Window?

Velux Active with Netatmo is the easy way to automate an existing Velux window. Velux Active uses a sensor located inside to detect temperature, humidity and CO2 levels, as well as using an online weather data system. Coupled with intelligent algorithms, the system will determine when the window and blinds or shutters need to be opened or closed. It will work out the best angle the window should be opened to and the duration to ensure your room is ventilated enough. the inbuilt rain sensor detects when the window needs to be closed in case the weather forecast is incorrect. If your room is getting too hot a heat protection algorithm moves the window, blinds and or shutters into the correct position. You are also able to manually open and close your Velux window, blinds or shutters using a remote control or the Velux app. You can also control the position of your window using Siri, it really is that easy, and you can fit it yourself.

Technical Specification for Velux Windows

(Techincal details are taken from velux.co.uk)

Heat Insulation – Low energy glazing provides reduced heat loss through the window and enhanced indoor comfort.

Solar Gain – In the winter, the heat from the sun entering through the window is a usable solar gain.

Solar Protection – In warm climates and in rooms with large window areas, the sun protective coating provides a better indoor climate during warmer periods. Exterior sunscreen can be installed.

Sound Insulation – A combination of laminated glass and optimal glass thickness provides better sound insulation. Their frame/sash construction and gaskets are equally important in their sound reduction.

Security – Thicker laminated inner glass pane designed to increase resistance to manual attack (burglary).

Energy Balance – The energy balance represents the ability of the roof window to utilise the passive solar gain and keep in the heat during winter and its ability to protect against the risk of overheating during summer. Sunscreen products can further improve indoor balance.

Safety – Laminated inner glass is designed to hold fragments together if the glass breaks. It is recommended that glass units with laminated glass on the inside are used for windows above where people sleep, play or work.

Outside Strength – Toughened outer glass panes make your glazing more resistant to hail, heavy wind and snow loads.

Delayed Fading – Inner laminated glass protects materials behind the glass against UV radiation and therefore delays fading of the materials.

Rain Noise Reduction – The combination of laminated glass and extra thick glass helps to provide a significant audible reduction of rainfall sound. Their frame/sash construction and gaskets are equally important in their sound reduction.

Easy to Clean – The easy to clean coating minimises the cleaning frequency of the outer glass pane and gives you a clearer view when it is raining.

Anti-dew – The anti-dew coating significantly reduces the days with dew on the outer glass pane and thus gives you a clear view.

About Guardian Roofs UK

Guardian Roofs UK is a professional, reliable and reputable SIP Extension and Guardian Warm Conservatory Roof Replacement company who can help you design and build your perfect SIP extension and new Guardian Warm Roof with the perfect Velux windows which will change the way your space looks and feels and give you the maximum natural light.
 
Our teams are experts and customer service is at the heart of what we do. We have an extensive UK network of designers and engineers who are all fully trained and approved in the design, supply and installation of SIP extensions, Guardian Warm Roofs and Velux Windows. We only supply high-quality products and will manage the construction of your extension, your replacement conservatory roof and or Velux windows from start to finish, always adapting our service to suit you.

We are leaders in the supply and installation of market-leading Velux Windows, SIP Extensions and Replacement Conservatory Roofs and offer guaranteed service, performance and competitive pricing. We are committed to providing professional and efficient design and construction and our whole team are committed to customer service, quality, health and safety and the environment.

Guardian is an agreed partner with Velux, contact us today on 0845 314 2454 to find out more on and one of our team will be able to answer any questions you may have or can arrange a meeting for you to discuss your Velux Windows, Extension or Conservatory Roof Replacement requirements.

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