Flood Light into Your HMO: Flat Roof Windows for Top Floor Conversions

Converting large properties into HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation) presents a unique set of challenges. While the potential for additional rental income is attractive, optimising top floor living spaces can be tricky. Often plagued by limitations like restricted headroom, a lack of natural light, and inadequate ventilation, these upper floors can struggle to compete with more generously proportioned rooms below.

The good news is, there’s a solution that ticks all the boxes for creating desirable top floor living areas in HMOs: high-performance flat roof windows. At Dakea, our flat roof windows offer a winning combination of style and performance, transforming what could be a cramped and gloomy space into a bright, airy, and modern space for residents.

What makes flat roof windows great for use in HMOs?

HMOs can often face challenges with providing adequate natural light and proper ventilation, especially in rooms located towards the centre of the building. Flat roof windows offer a solution to these issues by providing several benefits.

A hallway with three overhead roof windows half covered by blinds

Maximising valuable floor space

While dormer windows can increase the overall floor space in an attic conversion, they often create awkward pockets of headroom due to the sloping walls. Flat roof windows, on the other hand, maximise usable floor space.

By eliminating the need for angled walls, they create a more regular and functional room layout that tenants can truly utilise.

Natural light flow and ventilation

Attic rooms, by their very nature, can feel dark and stuffy. Natural light and fresh air are crucial for creating a healthy and inviting living space, and this is especially important when you are working on a HMO project.

Installed strategically, flat roof windows allow natural light to flood directly from above, brightening the entire room and eliminating dark corners. Additionally, openable roof windows can provide good air circulation and prevent moisture build-up – essential for preventing mould and condensation.

Are flat roof windows weatherproof?

When it comes to protecting your HMO investment, Dakea flat roof windows are built to last – our windows undergo rigorous testing to ensure that, no matter how harsh the conditions, our windows can keep the elements at bay.

But Dakea isn’t just about keeping the weather out; it’s also about keeping warmth in and preventing heat loss. Our windows are designed with thermal efficiency in mind, translating to lower energy consumption and lower energy bills.

DAKEA Azure Electric

At Dakea, we offer a variety of roof windows to trade professionals, including flat roof windows.

Perfect for bringing light and ventilation to your HMO, the Azure Electric is an electrically-vented flat roof window designed for both style and functionality. With an integrated rain sensor ensures peace of mind which automatically closes during bad weather, this design also allows for a 20cm opening to provide a fresh flow of air.

Made with easy-to-clean PVC and featuring a special coating on the outer glass surface, this window is designed for minimal maintenance requirements.

Additionally, for added safety, the internal glass is also laminated to minimise risk in case of breakage.

Terrace openable flat roof windows

DAKEA Azure Fixed

The Azure Fixed window offers superior light penetration thanks to its base that cleverly widens towards the interior.

Built to withstand the elements, the Azure Fixed features toughened external glass for hail protection and a special coating on the outer surface for easy cleaning.

The durable PVC base is also easy to maintain and suitable for humid spaces like kitchens and bathrooms.

Solar control accessories for flat roof windows

Traditional roof window blinds are often unsuitable for flat roof windows, but at Dakea we have developed a blind specifically for use on flat roof windows.

Our Solar Blind is designed for flat roof windows, and is essential for keeping living spaces cool and comfortable in the hotter months.

The double pleated material, featuring a special aluminium layer, delivers near-perfect blackout (almost 100%) and blocks up to 51% of solar heat. The high-performance battery allows for up to 600 operations on a single charge, and the Solar Blind also comes with a 2-year guarantee for peace of mind.

Solar blind

Why choose flat roof windows from Dakea?

Flat roof windows can be difficult to get right, but at Dakea we kept our installers in mind when designing our Azure Fixed and Azure Electric roof windows. We provide a detailed installation manual and instructional videos for each window in our range, and our windows are designed with ease of installation in mind.

We even back our roof windows with a 10 year guarantee for peace of mind!

Explore the Dakea range for your next HMO project

Dakea offers a wide variety of high-performance flat roof windows to suit your specific HMO conversion needs.

From fixed to electric options, we have the perfect solution to maximise light, space, and ventilation in your top floor living areas. Explore the Dakea range today and discover how our flat roof windows can help you create desirable HMO living spaces that attract tenants.

If you would like help choosing a type of roof window or a particular model, our friendly team of experts will be more than happy to help. Please get in touch with us and we will respond as quickly as possible.

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