My home is my castle, my attic is my joy! Believe me, I’d tell any person, who arranged this wonderful room in your home. Often room under the roof with beamed ceilings, even better a full second floor.
And all because the attic has a special charm. Stay here becomes more beautiful: coming to the attic, you put yourself into a state of serenity.
In this article we will try to succinctly and briefly talk about the main principles of arrangement of the attic and on the attic Windows is better suited for an additional floor depending on its purpose.
The secret to a happy atmosphere on the loft Windows! From their size, appearance, reliability, correctness of their placement depends on the entire interior.
Down with depression!
Remember as well to stay in the room plenty of natural light. Life seems easier in the house creates an atmosphere of well-being. Now, remember how rarely the sun is setting in your kitchen or living room in a city apartment? Just on a whim. The other thing is the attic. Properly selected and installed skylights make this room the eternal Kingdom of natural light. After all, tilting Windows, designed specifically for installation in the roof, passed 40% more daylight than conventional vertical openings in the walls.
The rule is simple: the number of Windows for your loft must be matched in a ratio of 1/10. That is 1 sq metre of glazing per 10 square meters of space.
The fact that the tilting window, built right into the roof, removes the shadow of a niche. Note if the window on the loft in the front, in the corners under the ramps lies the shadow. And whatever big box you installed in a vertical wall, you do not get rid of the “feeling of the attic” the attic until then, until you install a special window.
But once you do it, daylight will fill the space, and the attic will be the best relaxing area in your home. You will be like a flower reaching for the sunlight and more to be here, because, as you know, the sun “chases” depression and promotes good mood.
Errors in the regeneration of the attic
In addition to full refusal of the installation of Windows in the roof, there are two common mistakes in the arrangement of the attic.
First mistake. The attic does not need a standard ceiling. Better to trim right under the ridge. It is now fashionable to equip the attic so that the truss system of the roof was visible, or even to imitate its special design ceilings, and this is no accident. Outdoor ramps and sloping walls visually increase the height of the room and relieve us from the feeling of “pressing room” with a low ceiling. And the presence of skylights visually adds volume and expands the space. You can still install more slanted Windows in the roof, and, thus, to release the walls of gable for installation of furniture.
Second error. Don’t need to install skylights too high. Such a solution is only possible if you mount two rows of Windows.
Why? Because two small openings on two sides of the roof slope will give the room a feeling of “well.” Remember prison cells or caves of the hermits. Light somewhere far and high, brings depressing feelings. About such effect being referred to. Install two rows of roof Windows. So you and the starry sky to look at, and what your neighbors do on their land.
So you can enjoy the scenery from your attic, the installation height of the sloped Windows should be at the level 90-112 cm from the floor. If you pre-plan the installation of roof Windows, we in construction don’t make too high prescence, otherwise you deprive the sloping attic walls, and thus her charm.
And the size of the Dormer Windows match so that its upper edge was at the level of 200-220 cm — the smaller the slope of the roof, the greater must be the height of the window. What size box would be optimal in your case, you will be playing professionals.
With regard to the width of a window box, then ideally it should be 4-6 cm less than the rafter pitch. But within the dimensional ratio is not possible, no problem. The width of the rafters you can always adjust the size of the Dormer Windows. An experienced master can easily manage it.
Design skylights & technology: what to look for?
What is the modern roof window? It should be reliable, durable, eco-friendly and to perform the main function — lighting the attic. For example, the Windows of the new generation from VELUX now gives even more light — area of glazing has become 10% more while the window size remains the same, and hence the cost remains affordable.
The market leader has the resources that allow while maintaining rates at an affordable level, to offer our customers an innovative product. It’s all in production capacity, because every detail of the VELUX Windows are manufactured at the modern factory equipment and leading engineers implementing the production of relevant technological solutions. Plus experience, knowledge of the wishes of our customers and wide opportunities for experimental verification of product quality — all together creates a truly reliable skylights.
The tree is a traditional and proven material for the manufacture of boxes and frames attic Windows. Because wood retains heat well and it “breathes”. The VELUX company uses specially treated laminated wood of pine trees: this design keeps all the natural properties of wood, but is resistant to deformation.
But not only the materials affect the quality of skylights, important and constructive solutions. For example, when the window is installed in a slightly sloped roof (30-45 degrees), then down under the frame with the external side during the period of snow melting can be formed “ice castle”. In this case, for better protection against leaks the VELUX company has developed a technology “Radar+”. It is a special compaction units, which are installed in the lower part of the sash window frame and provide an extra degree of waterproofing.
Skylights should be superproject and high reliability, especially for the Russian climate. These characteristics should meet hydro – and heat insulation. Therefore she should pay attention.
Sharp temperature drops in the winter and in the offseason, weather surprises in the form of hail in summer or rain in late winter, strong winds — the roof window have to deal with all of this. Therefore, even in the most inexpensive models of the new generation VELUX installed tempered outer glass, which is virtually impossible to damage. On domestic glass in all glazing applied low-e coating LOW-E silver, colliding with warm air, it reflects it back into space, preventing the heat loss. Inside glazing filled with inert gas (argon), which also makes the window warmer. If such a window you set all the rules of warmth and waterproofing, you get real comfort in the house and tranquility. It is not suitable improvised solution.
To comply with the technology of installation, use ready-made kits for Assembly, comprising: insulating the circuit, hydro – and vapor barrier apron, drainage gutter, and salary. The use of proprietary kit will allow you to observe the technology of stacking of layers in the formation of the roofing and saves the outline of the window against leaks.
For example, if you purchase a branded protective kit for the installation of Windows from VELUX, the warranty that the manufacturer will increase to 10 years.
The choice of roof Windows
About the main principles in the regeneration of the attic we’ve been talking, now let’s deal with what skylights better suited for an additional floor in your home depending on the assignment of rooms.
Children. If in the attic you want to equip a children’s room, choose a sloping window with safe glass “triplex”. Special film holds the shards, even if a window is broken; the technology works on the principle of a windshield in the car. In the new generation of VELUX Windows, two glass “triplex” are glued is not one film, but two. The crash test showed that to break such a design is extremely difficult. With these Windows your child can safely play football in the nursery.
EN. For the bathroom, located on the attic, you should choose moisture-proof box. For example, white box, PVC or polyurethane. To select a window for the bathroom is a particularly difficult task: it must be both warm and moistureproof. To create such a roof window has been recently: plastic window retains heat well and still be reliable and water resistant, a leading manufacturer of filled PVC profile foamed polystyrene, the solution allowed warm to create the perfect window for the bathroom. Plus it is stylish and easy to clean, as skylights made of PVC or polyurethane from VELUX have a smooth, rounded lines of the window frame, which does not accumulate dust.
Living room. The best solution for your attics will be the Seating arrangement here on the principle of open space. Ceiling joists the ceiling, the gallery under the roof, designer chandeliers, a double row of skylights that will bring light to the space, and together we will create a unique atmosphere in the house. If you aspire to a high level of comfort and want to install large Dormer Windows, there should think about line of PREMIUM VELUX Windows with additional insulation system ThermoTechnology, which is a three-dimensional contours of the insulation from foamed polystyrene with added graphite crumbs.
ThermoTechnology system is mounted inside a window box. The technology polystyrene foam is 90% air sealed, the insulation retain maximum heat.
Unusual, but amazing would be to set the window-the VELUX CABRIO balcony. It will create a special romantic atmosphere in the attic. Friends will be asking to visit you every weekend.
And, in General, any roof window from VELUX you choose, even the most affordable, since its appearance on the additional floor, you will be at the loft more often, and more often.