If you are in the market for a loft conversion, but have a tight budget or don't want the prolonged intrusion of building works, then a Velux could be the option for you. If you've heard of a rooftop or skylight conversion then you'll know soon realise that this type of conversion is the same. Why? Because, the only difference is they type of windows that are used and Velux is a brand name for the windows. Regardless of the type of skylight you opt for this type works by utilising all of your accessible loft space because you only have windows installed.
Not just Windows
Ok, as with any loft transformation, you will need to spend money on a few essential additions in order to meet building regulations. These include, but aren't limited to;
Stairs – unfortunately in order satisfy building regulations and fire safety specifications, the access to the attic must be via a stair case. Loft ladders or any type of ladder that isn't a stair case will be considered unsafe
Flooring – you might be incredibly light, but rafters aren't designed to have a thin piece of wood placed over them and walked over for lengthy time periods. Again, to meet set building standards, the floor will need to be of adequate thickness and it will need to be fixed
Insulation – science states that 'hot air rises', and for this reason you will need have insulation in the new walls of your velux conversion and some sort of sound proofing for the floor below
You shouldn't need any planning permission because you aren't making an structural changes to the size of your property. One of the advantages of velux is that you are simply maximising what you already have.
If it's just windows, why are they so special?
The thing that makes these windows so special is there ability to flood your loft with natural light. The can also be made in any size and are designed to fix any rood slope gradient – which includes a flat roof
The only real disadvantage that you may find, is that because you're only have windows installed and may not be creating any additional space, you won't add any potential value to your property.
A velux conversion may just be about purchasing a brand of windows, but they are probably the best and most versatile loft windows on the market.