Why not create a roof canopy?
The roof canopy, you dream! The one that brings natural light into the attic, which extends the interior to the outside, offering - not insignificant advantage - great energy savings. The roof canopy is definitely more of an asset to add value to your home. From the study of the feasibility of the project to its installation, through the choice of the most suitable model, here are some tips that will allow you to select from a wide choice THE ideal roof window Velux®, sold at Lapeyre.
Whether you decide to replace an old model that causes energy loss, or you create new openings in your roof, the ideal is to install a Velux® roof canopy. On the recommendation of a Lapeyre consultant, a carpenter or a roofer, you define the type of canopy adapted to your needs: flat canopy, corner canopy, balcony window, etc. The choice of the opening mode, its thermal and acoustic insulation qualities, its motorization and the possible addition of blinds or shutters, all important parameters that guarantee a comfortable use in everyday life and a sustainable investment. Here are some keys to make your job easier before work.
A roof canopy: what for?
A true window open to the outside, the roof canopy extends your interior to the surrounding landscape and nature. Particularly popular in the attic, it bathes natural light square meters, often dark, these spaces to convert that transform to accommodate a bedroom or a bathroom. The roof canopy is a real added value for your home, even if the spaces to which it brings light are not yet developed. You can imagine selling your home with a significant potential for future buyers. The installation of a roof canopy is also done in a logic of energy saving. By choosing the right model for your home configuration, your needs and your budget, you reduce energy loss. You consume less heating in winter, and do not use as much air conditioning in summer. Thanks to the patented Velux ThermoTechnology® system - a solar-controlled glazing unit - your roof canopy offers you thermal comfort that can be appreciated throughout the year. In addition to thermal insulation, it is also the sound insulation offered by Velux® products sold at Lapeyre thanks to the Anti Noise Rain system, which halves the noise pollution. On the maintenance side, do not be afraid of the traces on the glazing, this one having undergone a treatment making it possible to decrease the frequency of cleaning.
Velux® Standard pine roof window. ClearFinish clear lacquer finish without solvent or WhiteFinish painted white. Double glazing 24 mm with argon gas. From 197 euros, Lapeyre.
Prerequisites for the installation of a roof canopy
Before embarking on roof canopy installation work, determine if the roof of your house allows it. Each roof canopy - for classic models - weighs around 50 kg / m2. It is therefore necessary to call on a carpenter or a roofer who will evaluate the feasibility of the project. Also note that if you create an opening - unlike existing openings - you must inquire with your town hall to have permission for the installation of this type of product. Obtaining a building permit is sometimes necessary, it is conditioned by the urban planning rules that differ from one region to another. The number of roof windows - added together they make up the roof canopy - is defined by the surface of the room in which you want to install them. Several roof windows are needed above 12 m2. For example, the largest Velux® roof window alone illuminates 17% of a room of approximately 11.5 m2. Your Lapeyre advisor is here to help you define the exact number. Another point to know: choose a roof canopy with an insulation coefficient equivalent to that of the insulation of your roof to succeed your energy saving project.
Choosing your roof canopy
Several models of roof canopy exist, each responding to specific desires and needs. To enjoy a 180 ° C view on the outside, you opt for a balcony window. When it opens up, you get a complete clearance that expands the perception of your interior space. In other models, other features: the flat canopy, or fixed window at the bottom, is treated as a railing that guarantees the safety of people; combined with a standard opening Velux® roof window at the top, of the same dimensions, they form a roof canopy from the ground. Ideal in a room, this model allows you to enjoy the view on the outside whatever your position (sitting, lying down, ...). If, in your attic, a vertical return between the ground and the slope of the roof seems to be an obstacle to the external view, it is bypassed by the installation of a corner canopy, or fixed vertical window. Installed at the bottom, and combined with a classic opening Velux® roof window at the top, they form a corner canopy that optimizes space. Several combinations of models can also meet your needs and fully customize your project. If your room has a high ceiling, you can install two or more Velux® roof windows, one above the other. Side by side, two roof windows maximize the amount of natural light in your room, offering a panoramic view of the outside. In a large area, the installation of four Velux® roof windows brings a very pleasant loft spirit to your interior.
Velux® Comfort skylight in Scots pine. With BDX peripheral insulation. Finish WhiteFinish painted white or ClearFinish coated with a white polyurethane shell. Double glazing 24 mm with argon gas. From 250 euros, Lapeyre.
Velux® roof window All comfort in Scots pine. With BDX peripheral insulation. Finish WhiteFinish painted white or ClearFinish coated with a white polyurethane shell. Double glazing 24 mm with argon gas. From 315 euros, Lapeyre.
The "pluses" that make your roof canopy a major asset for your home
Depending on the model, you can choose the comfort level of your roof canopy, ranging from initial comfort (winter thermal insulation) to maximum comfort (high thermal insulation of winter and summer, silence in rainy weather, high sound insulation , safety of people), through optimal comfort (high thermal insulation of winter and summer, high sound insulation, safety of people). You also choose how to open your roof windows, following the slope of the latter. From 15 to 90 ° C, you opt for a universal window, ie rotating at the top; from 15 to 55 ° C, you bet instead on the panoramic window with double opening system (projection and rotation). You customize the finish of your roof canopy to match your interior décor: charming wood finish, or white finish that blends into the walls.
PAL blackout blinds. Allows filtering incoming light with its swivel blades. Cordless operation. From 72 euros, Lapeyre.
DFD blackout blinds. Occulting at night, crinkled during the day. Ideal for children's rooms and offices. The two blinds are operated together or separately. Exclusive design: fine profiles. 24 colors to choose from including 2 standard colors: 1100 blue / pleated, 1085 beige / pleated. From 76 euros, Lapeyre.
Accessories are also available, which guarantee a comfortable use of your roof canopy throughout the year. The sealing connection allows you to avoid moisture problems, installed between the roof window and the cover of the latter. The installation of shutters, awnings or indoor blinds allows you to isolate yourself fully from the light after dark, according to your needs. Finally, the motorization of your roof windows greatly simplifies their opening - ideal for large glass surfaces. You operate the remote opening and closing with a remote control. Electric motor or powered by solar energy, the roof window closes whatever happens automatically as soon as the first drops of rain appear. What to enjoy the blue sky or starry in all weather thanks to your roof window Velux® proposed at Lapeyre ...
MHL exterior blinds. Stops 86% of the sun's rays before they reach the glazing, while letting the light in for maximum tempering effect. Treated against mold and dirt. From 43 euros, Lapeyre.
Motorized roller shutter Velux® SML. Function in 24 V continuous. Pair with a KUX 110 Electric Control (sold separately) or GGU Integra® Direct Connect. Compatibility with Velux® motorized equipment. From 301 euros, Lapeyre.
Velux® Integra® Motorized Roof Window. Ready to install, opened and closed by an electric motor or powered by solar energy. Automatic closure in case of rain. Touch remote control with wireless technology. Model presented GGU Integra® Comfort MK04 finish EverFinish, 671 euros, Lapeyre.