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6 Types of Roof Windows

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If you’re in the market for a roof window, it can be difficult to decide which type of window is right for you. There are a lot of different types of roof windows, and knowing which one is right for you is vital if you want to be completely satisfied with your purchase.

In this guide, we’re going to take a look at the main types of roof windows on the market and show you the key features of each one. Whether you’re thinking of buying one or are simply curious, we’re here to help you. Read on and let’s get started!

The Main Types of Pitched Roof Windows

It’s easy to think of pitched windows as being a singular type, but there are actually several types of pitched roof windows. They all share a key characteristic: they’re all installed on pitched roofs, as the name would suggest, supporting pitches that range from 15 to 90 degrees. In this section, we’ll look at the different types of pitched roof windows.

Centre Pivot Windows

Centre pivot windows are a type of pitched roof window that have a hinge in the middle of the frame. This allows the pane to swing down from the top, letting air flow into and out of the room above and below the pane. The opening mechanism also makes it easy to organise your room around the window: if you want to, you can, for instance, put furniture under the window.

This type of window is suitable for shallow roofs.

Top Hung Roof Windows

A top-hung roof window opens from the bottom, pushing outward to allow for nearly unobstructed views and maximum airflow. This roof window type is ideal for installation near uncluttered areas, as you’ll need to be able to reach a fairly long way out of the window to close it. These windows are ideal for roof pitches that are between 15 and 55 degrees.

High Pivot Windows

A high pivot window works similarly to a centre pivot window but instead of opening at the centre, the axis of rotation is situated above the centre. This makes it easier for tall people to walk below the window without fear of banging their head, while still allowing for a great deal of airflow.

Conservation Windows

Conservation windows are a specific type of roof window that are designed to fit the profile necessary in conservation areas. Older buildings often have specific requirements when it comes to roof windows, and conservation windows are typically required if you live in a particularly old building.

Fixed Roof Windows

Fixed roof windows, also called fixed rooflights, are non-opening roof windows. While they don’t open, they’re a popular choice due to the amount of light that they can add to any room, increasing your home’s energy efficiency and making it a more pleasant environment, too. 

Fixed roof windows are often used by people who want to add an additional window to their homes, but don’t want or have space for more glazing on their walls.

Walk-on Roof Windows

Walk-on roof windows are an ideal addition to homes with a flat roof. They add a lot of light to a room and, as the name suggests, they’re suitable for walking on. Most types of these windows come with an anti-slip coating, making them safer to walk on than regular glass as well. 

Deciding Which Type of Roof Window Is Right for You

The type of roof window that’s ideal for your particular home or business will depend on your building’s architecture and your needs. For instance, if you have a particularly high ceiling, a walk-on roof window is ideal, a conservation roof window will often be required for older buildings, and for loft conversions, a centre-pivot roof window may be your best option.

Different Types of Roof Windows: Explained

We hope that you’ve found this guide to the different types of roof windows helpful. While there’s no single best option, our experts are here to help you find the best type of window for your property. If you have any questions for us, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help you.

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2020-10-24
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2020-10-23
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Great service from the team. Easy to order, good buying guidance and clear install instructions for my builder. Rooflights look absolutely great! The team at TGS couldn't have been more helpful in organising a smaller delivery vehicle to help with restricted access. Highly recommend TGS.
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2020-10-16
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Great service from a very knowledgeable company. Thanks team Toughened Glass Systems.
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2020-10-16
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I was spending a lot of money on several rooflights so I wanted to make sure I got it right and I did. The professionalism, expertise and the quality of the roof lanterns really set Toughened Glass Systems apart.
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2020-10-16
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There are no complaints about the experience with TGS. The entire process of ordering, supplying and delivering was flawless. I would really recommend you order your flat roof sky lanterns from these guys.
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2020-10-16
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Best place for rooflights, they supply many different types and options. Thanks for all your support Toughened Glass Systems!
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2020-10-16
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2020-10-15
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My job is to design the interiors for a lot of houses and a lot of times the hardest part was when the client wanted some really inexpensive rooflights that should look like some contemporary ones as well. That until I found Toughened Glass Systems and started working with them more and more. They have a lot of this kind of stuff at a very decent price, a price for anyone I can say. If you’re looking for cheap skylights for flat roofs or any types of roof lights, they probably have something for you.
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