Different Types of Windows & Blinds You can Install in Your Loft Rooms
There are many wonderful options for both windows and blinds for your loft rooms. What you ultimately decide on will have a great deal to do with the pitch of your roof and the size of the room itself.
Depending on the scenery in the immediate area, most loft spaces have a better outside view than any other room in the house. This means there really is no such thing as installing too many windows, because additional windows equal a more panoramic view. The secret to the best possible view, is installing windows of the proper length. Again, this depends on the pitch of the roof. As a rule, the flatter your roof, the longer you want your windows to be.
Popular Window Styles
Following window styles are amongst the most popular options. Consider the following information, before deciding on the style that best meet your needs. Regardless of the type you choose, it’s best to opt for those which are glazed. Glazing provides added strength and safety, as well as extra heat and sound insulation.
- Pivoted Opening – A pivoted opening window is an excellent choice, where space is an issue. Equipped with center hinge, which allows for 180° rotation (for ease of cleaning), it opens easily by way of a control bar. One pull on the bar opens the window for ventilation, two pulls opens the window completely.
- Top-Hung – A top-hung window is equipped with a bottom handle, will make it extremely easy to open and close as well. It opens outward, which is beneficial in situations where you need a little more headroom. This also gives you a more unobstructed view. This type of window will swivel on the frame, for easy cleaning.
- Side-Hung – A side hung window is the best choice for an escape window. This window, which opens outward and increases the light and ventilation in a room, can be opened from either the right or the left depending on your installation preference.
- Dormer – A dormer window provides the most head clearance in a loft room. Dependent on building codes, in your area, there is a possibility that this type of window can only be installed on the back of your home.
Blinds are typically the most popular window treatment for any loft space. That being said, they are available in a wide variety of styles and colors. The majority of these blinds can be positioned anywhere in the window. The top four style options, generally available with manual, electric or solar controls, include:
- Blackout Blinds – Blackout blinds block out the light, even in the brightest sunlight. This will make them a great choice to use in a bedroom.
- Roller Blinds – Roller blinds provide the perfect solution when you want to block out direct sunlight. They allow soft, diffused, light into the room. They are the ideal choice for loft space, which now serves as a play room, home office or bath.
- Venetian Blinds- Venetian blinds give you total control over how much light enters the room. They are easy to clean and the best choice for rooms with a higher than normal humidity level.
- Energy Blinds – Pleated energy blinds are not only attractive, they help you save money. They are typically constructed using insulated blackout cloth, which has been woven into a honeycomb pattern. They give the room a lovely light dimming effect.
This is just a brief overview, showcasing some of the styles of windows and blinds available for your loft conversion. Asking for recommendations from your loft conversion company and taking the time to conduct additional research will help to ensure total satisfaction with the finished design.