Before converting a cold space under a roof into a cozy attic, you must ensure a favorable climate. In this case, not the last role is assigned to light. What is the difference between a regular window and a roof window? The construction of the roof window assumes integration into a roof with an inclined surface. The window opening will provide the under-roof space with good lighting and protect it from wind, rain and snow.
Resistance to various influences is laid in the window structure. Swing frames and frame are made of glued pine wood, coated with high-strength polyurethane or varnish. The wooden elements of the box are treated with a protective varnish, which is able to provide excellent resistance of the product to the negative effects of insects, mold, fungi and other environmental factors. For the kitchen or bathroom, you can choose windows made of glued wood with a polyurethane coating.
The glazing for swing frames is a double-glazed unit equipped with impact-resistant glass. Windows can be opened in different ways: along the middle axis or along the upper and central axes. There are also swing models. Ventilation devices installed in the structure allow dosing ventilation of the attic when the window sashes are closed.
The method of installing window structures will depend on the pitch of the rafters. If you can install the glass unit yourself, but you can buy a custom-made window unit. The kit, as a rule, includes the block itself, fasteners, mounting plates and detailed instructions. Separately, you will need to buy accessories for installation, insulation kits, as well as devices for opening and closing the window.
The roof window will make the room not only bright, but also functional. In this case, do not forget that the installation of the structure is directly related to the violation of the integrity of the roof surface. But do not worry about this, as the tightness of the joint perimeter will be ensured by the external metal frames. The frames are different: some are designed for flat roofing materials, and others for profiled material.
Profile flashing is able to tightly compress the roof covering, which is located at the bottom of the window block. Rigid base frames are used for the installation of roof windows located on a roof covered with sheet steel, bituminous tiles or copper. During the installation process, it is important to ensure that the window unit closely adheres to the thermal insulation. Some window manufacturers integrate elastic polypropylene thermoblocks into window blocks, which provide enhanced thermal insulation..
It is necessary to install roof windows strictly following the manufacturer’s instructions. If mistakes are made in the installation, then during the operation of the attic window you will encounter leaks and drafts. You can carry out various manipulations with windows by installing an automatic control system.
The roof window gives additional comfort to the room. Window manufacturers also offer accessories that add aesthetic appeal to the interior. These are roller shutters, awning that can control room overheating, mosquito net and blackout curtains.