Attic windows are exactly how they sound: windows for your attic, and despite being similar to roof windows, they have some important differences. Keep reading below to find out why attic windows are a must and how they compare to roof windows.
Benefits of Attic Windows
Attic windows have many purposes and benefits.
Lighting – Let There Be Light!
Instead of using electricity for fitted lights, you can save some money on utilising Queensland’s abundant natural light (we’re named “The Sunshine State” for good reason!).
By increasing the amount of light in your roof space, it enhances your attic, offering a well-lit area for storage, hobbies, studies and offices or extra bedrooms.
Ventilation – Maximise a Breeze
Installing an attic window improves ventilation in an otherwise small, stuffy space. Proper ventilation prevents excess moisture; prevents temperature extremes; reduces energy costs; eases dust allergies and can make your attic a more comfortable space.
Roof Access – Safety First
An attic window allows safe, easy access onto the roof and in the case of emergency, you can use your attic window as an exit. This is thanks to their dual action opening mechanism.
Furthermore, dual action attic windows are simple to clean from the safety of inside the home!
How are Attic Windows Different from Roof Windows?
Attic windows have the upper hand when it comes to attic spaces, with a few key differences.
The most distinct characteristics of attic windows is both the installation location and their opening mechanism. Attic windows allow manual opening within arm’s reach of the window. On the other hand, most roof windows are usually out of reach (openable by a pole or electrically).
Attic windows also have two main opening functions: side hinge and dual action. The side hinge mechanism works like a door in how it opens, whereas dual action is a two for one function: top hung and center pivot. Opening roof windows open top hung and often only partially.
Attic windows do not have insect screens fitted within the window, and instead have retractable screens and blind accessories. This feature combined with an attic window’s opening function allows for full, unobstructed access to the roof.
Opening Roof windows are the opposite, with irremovable insect screens and having only partial openings not large enough to exit through.
Knowing the differences between attic windows and roof windows is necessary for your attic space. We always recommend clients to not install a roof window in their attic space because often, roof windows won’t give you what you expect them too in terms of access, airflow and flexibility.
For help choosing the best attic window for your roof space and to see a live demonstration of attic windows in action, visit our showroom! Alternatively, give us a call for more information about how we can supply or fit an attic window in your roof space today.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]