Homeowners can add liveable space to their property in several ways.
Whether by expanding the ground floor, building a conservatory or adding a detached garden area, each option has different construction timelines and budgetary requirements.
However, if you live in a densely populated area, extending your home outwards often isn’t possible. Obtaining planning permission can be difficult, and it’s important to be mindful of your neighbours when making home improvements.
So, what’s the easiest, most cost-effective way to expand your living space?
What is a rooflight loft conversion?
Rooflight loft conversions are a simple and economical way to make your home larger.
Loft conversions involve transforming the existing space in your roof into a functional, liveable area. By building upwards (not outwards), you avoid physically expanding the house’s external structure, like you would with an extension or additional floor.
Doing this not only saves space in your garden but is often less disruptive and more cost-effective than other home renovation techniques.
Adding a rooflight can enhance the value of your conversion, both in terms of the property and your experience in it. Rooflights (also known as skylights) are double or triple-glazed fixtures installed into the roof of a home.
They’re one of the best ways to increase a room’s natural light levels, which will be particularly beneficial for loft conversions.
Rooflights can add a modern touch to your property with their sleek, minimalist design and may save you long-term money on your energy bills with their top-of-the-line thermal efficiency.
Should you get a rooflight loft conversion?
Whether you should invest in a rooflight loft conversion depends on several factors.
If you’re working within financial constraints, rooflight loft conversions are certainly more budget-friendly than other renovation methods. However, they might offer less space.
The placement of stairs, for instance, can be a challenge due to head height requirements.
However, this aspect of detail and planning can be discussed with your contractor. Another reason to consider a rooflight loft conversion is that they often don’t require planning permission.
They fall under permitted development laws so long as the new space doesn’t exceed more than 40 cubic metres for terraced houses and 50 cubic metres for detached and semi-detached houses.
Plus, with a rooflight, you can transform what was once a dimly-lit, scarcely used area of your home into a sun worshippers paradise.
What are the benefits of a rooflight loft conversion?
So, aside from their convenience and cost-effectiveness, why else would you settle on a rooflight loft conversion?
1. Increased natural lighting
Rooflights make interiors brighter with their large surface areas and clear glass. At TuffX, we use Infinity Glass, polished with a high-class edged finish for supreme visibility.
Natural light is important in any home, and a rooflight is the perfect finishing touch to your conversion. Not only will it make your home’s exterior more attractive, but it could increase your property’s value if you ever intend to sell.
2. Thermal efficiency
Maintaining a consistent temperature in your home is crucial.
Well-regulated temperatures can control condensation and the spread of mould: this benefits the structural integrity of your property and the health of all who live there. Luckily, modern-day rooflights are available with double or even triple-glazed glass.
At TuffX, we place a layer of argon glass between our triple-glazed panes.
Also known as our Thermal Super Spacer technology, this manufacturing technique gives our triple-glazed rooflights a U-value of 0.7 (which is 30% better than rooflights with standard double glazing!)
3. Scenic views
As a loft conversion will be the highest point of your home, a rooflight will offer supreme views of your surroundings. Homes in rural or scenic areas will have a beautiful viewing platform to watch as the seasons pass.
What to consider when planning a rooflight loft conversion
Unless you’re a qualified trade professional, you’ll need help from experienced installers (both for your loft conversion and rooflight).
Unfortunately for some, not all roofs are suitable for a loft conversion. You’ll need a minimum of 2.25m of head height in the centre of the room and space to install stairs.
Plus, your available rooflight options will depend on your roof’s structure: at TuffX, our fixed frameless glass rooflights are designed for flat or low-pitch roofing.
How will you make the most of your new space?
Will it become a children’s playroom, a home office or an entertainment area for the whole family? Arrange the furniture in a practical, comfortable layout and in a way that ensures your rooflight is taking in maximum sunlight.
3. Choosing the right installer
Once your loft is complete, you’ll need a fully qualified rooflight installer to take the reins. That’s where we come in!
At TuffX, we have over 25 years of experience manufacturing and installing hand-crafted products in homes and businesses nationwide. To see some of the work we’ve done for past clients, check out our residential case studies, and don’t forget to contact us to learn more!