Transforming New Builds: Integrating Roof Windows

For builders and architects, creating homes that stand out in the UK market means embracing innovation and offering features that resonate with modern buyers. In today’s landscape, natural light, energy efficiency, and sustainable design are top priorities for homeowners, making roof windows a fantastic option for transforming newbuild projects.

Let the light in

Natural light is seen as vital by homeowners, and roof windows can allow a significant amount of light into a space compared to traditional windows.

Roof windows allow plenty of natural light and fresh air to stream into a room, which is especially important when there isn’t room for standard vertical windows.

This increases the perceived size and value of the room, appealing to buyers seeking spacious and light-filled environments with natural ventilation, and increasing the value of newbuild properties.

Thermal efficiency

Energy efficiency is a hot topic for homeowners, and newbuild housing developments need to make thermal insulation a priority. Thermally insulated new build homes translate into lower energy costs for homeowners, a major selling point for newbuild property projects.

At DAKEA, we offer a range of insulated roof windows designed to create comfortable living spaces. Our Ultima Energy range offers U-values of just 0.99 W/m2K, thanks to krypton gas-filled triple glazing units and low-E glass coatings. This combination of insulating technologies has been carefully designed to provide a comfortable home all year round, preventing heat loss in the winter and excessive heat gain in the summer.

In today’s sustainability-driven market, newbuilds prioritising energy efficient design can gain a significant edge, making energy efficient roof windows a great choice.

Sophisticated and modern style

Another trend amongst modern homeowners is the choice of roof windows over dormer windows for their newbuild homes, thanks to an increased amount of space.

At DAKEA, we offer the Vertica Energy roof window, a vertical double-pane roof window with an openable top pane that can be installed in a roof with a pitch of between 15-55°, and the Vision Energy roof window, a double-pane roof window designed to suit a sloped roof with a pitch of 15-90°.

How do dormer windows and roof windows compare?

Both dormer windows and roof windows offer solutions, but they come with distinct advantages and considerations. Let’s break down the key differences:

  • Aesthetics: DAKEA Vertica and Vision Energy roof windows offer a sleek and modern aesthetic, while dormer windows present a classic style – but can significantly alter a property’s appearance.
  • Cost and Installation: Dormer windows require significant construction, and can therefore cost up to £4,000 for purchase and installation, whereas roof windows are significantly more affordable, with installation costing around £700.
  • Natural Light: Both our Vertica and Vision Energy roof windows can capture up to twice the daylight compared to dormer windows, thanks to the more direct sunlight coming in from above.
  • Energy Efficiency: Both our Vertica and Vision Energy roof windows boast superior insulation compared to dormer windows thanks to their minimised external wall construction, leading to reduced heat loss.
  • Weatherproofing: Vertica and Vision Energy roof windows are easier to install watertight than more traditional dormer windows, thanks to the use of flashings

Are roof windows expensive?

The cost of roof windows can vary depending on factors such as size, materials, and features.

Additionally, high-quality roof windows often come with the added benefit of energy-efficient glazing or motorised operation, which can further increase the cost.

At DAKEA, we offer competitive pricing on a range of roof windows to suit all budgets, ensuring you’ll find the ideal solution for every build.

These include flat roof windows, pitched windows, PVC roof windows, and small windows.

How can we help you?

At DAKEA, we offer a wide range of different roof windows and many more types of window. If you would like help choosing a type of roof window or a particular model, our experts would be very happy to help you. Please feel free to get in touch with us and we will respond as quickly as possible.

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