VELUX centre-pivot windows are a firm favourite as there are so many options for you to customise your window with. Swinging open from the centre of the window, centre pivots are ideally suited to any room with low ceilings or any window openings which are relatively low down. Available in the traditional pine finish and modern white-painted finish, VELUX centre-pivot roof windows come in standard manual, electric, and solar options. If you opt for a VELUX white PU coated manual centre-pivot window, you also get the option of choosing an obscure window for maximum privacy or advanced triple glazing for increased thermal efficiency and noise reduction.
The most popular roof window on the market, you opencentre pivot windows with a control bar that's located at either the top or bottom, meaning half of the window comes into the room when it's opened. Centre pivot roof windows are popular as they're so easy to maintain - they come with a 180-degree rotation function which allows for easy cleaning on both sides.
Choose centre pivot if you want bags of choice in terms of design and finish or you're trying to keep costs down. On average, centre-pivot windows are between £50 to £100 cheaper than like-for-like top hung models. Centre pivot VELUX roof lights can be operated by remote control too, making them a great choice for hard-to-reach places.
Avoid centre pivot if uninterrupted views are important to you. Half the sash remains in the room when fully open, so there'll always be a slight obstruction, both to your eyes and perhaps to your head if you're tall. Centre pivot isn't an option if your pitched roof window needs to be a means of escape due to the sash's positioning when open. If your window needs this life-saving benefit, you'll need atop-hung window.
Top hung windowsfrom VELUX open from the bottom outwards with an easy pull handle. Designed to give you the best view with most air ventilation, the windows come in 3 different finishes: traditional pine, white-painted and white PU coated. The VELUX roof windows will look fantastic in any finish and can also be upgraded in any size to feature triple-glazing and noise reduction. Similar to white PU coated manual centre-pivot windows, top hung windows of the same finish are also able to upgrade to obscure and advanced triple glazing.
With the pivot at the top, all of the sashes will be outside of the room when the window's fully open. Top hung windows are normally installed at eye-level as they're so good for enjoying the view.
Choose top hung if the pitched roof window needs to be a means of escape - many top-hung roof windows have been built with this exact scenario in mind. Top hung is also a great option when space is at a premium as none of the sash protrudes into the room and you'll be able to open it no matter what furniture you have underneath.
While many prefer the reliability of windows you open by hand, electrically operated windows are great for those in out-of-reach places. Some even have rain sensors so that they close automatically if it starts to pour.
Reliable and easy to use, manual windows are operated by hand or, if they're out-of-reach, using an opening rod. They're popular because they're easy to maintain and having no electrical function means lower energy bills.
Love kitting out your home with the latest technology? Electric windows are perfect for you, letting you open and close your windows at the touch of a button, from either a remote control or a switch that’s mounted on the wall. Although these are more expensive than manual options, they're a great choice if your window is hard to reach. This is demonstrated in the image to the right.
There are a number of different glazing options that can improve the performance of your VELUX skylights. Common upgrades include triple glazing which reduces the amount of heat that is lost through the glass – great for maximum energy-efficiency. Triple glazing is perfect for bedrooms, keeping you toasty on even the coldest of nights.
Noise-reducing glazing is a good choice if you live in an urban area, while extra-strength and enhanced-security glazing makes your windows more difficult to penetrate. Extra-strength glazing is usually paired with laminated glazing on the inner pane, to stop it from shattering when it is broken.