How to Open a Velux Window

 

Deciding on the right roof window for your attic space is an important decision. Many factors need to be considered, such as thermal performance, angle of opening and whether they fit in with your interior design.

One factor that is often missed off the check list is ease of opening. Many people struggle to open their window after installation whether it be because it is stiff or just difficult to work out. We have put together a handy guide to help you open a Velux window, no matter what decision you make.

 

Top Hung Window

Top hung roof windows open outwards from the top hinges, so they do not impeach on the space available in the attic nor do they obstruct the view. These windows are a common choice for attics with a sloped roof as they allow for large furniture and standing when opened.

How to open a top hung Velux window:

  1. Locate the handle at the bottom of the window.
  2. Twist the handle clockwise so it is vertical and pointing upwards.
  3. Push outwards to open the window until it reaches the desired width.

Opening a top hung window

 

Centre Pivot Window

Centre pivot roof windows open from the centre axis of the window so the top half of the window pivots inwards and the bottom half pivots outwards. This makes them ideal for lofts with a low or shallow roof. These easy to use windows make efficient use of your space as they do not take up as much room when opened, leaving room for furniture and storage.

How to open a centre pivot Velux window:

  1. Locate the control bar at the top of the window.
  2. Pull the control bar downwards until it is opened to the desired width.

 

Skylight

Skylights are great for uninhabited attics as they brighten up dark storage spaces and open outwards to allow for more room. They are a great solution for adding in natural light without intruding on precious storage space.

How to open a Velux skylight:

  1. Locate the handle on the side of the window.
  2. Twist the handle towards you so it is pointing inwards to the attic.
  3. Push the window outwards until it is opened to the desired width.

 

Balcony Window

Balcony windows are perfect for creating more standing space in your attic. Their large size allows for lots of natural light to make the room feel bigger. They also add unobtrusive outdoor space making them great for city houses or those who enjoy the outdoors.

 

How to open a Velux balcony window:

  1. Locate the handle in the middle of the of the window, where the two sections meet.
  2. Twist the handle clockwise so it is vertical and pointing upwards.
  3. Push outwards to open the window until it reaches the desired width, remembering it must be higher than the swing clearance of the bottom section.
  4. On the bottom section, Push outward until it is fully extended.

Open Velux Cabrio Balcony

Roof Terrace Window

Roof terrace windows allow you to make the most of your roof terrace even if your terrace is small and your roof is sloped. Similar to balcony windows, they allow for lots of natural light to make your attic space feel larger.

How to open a Velux roof terrace window:

  1. Locate the first handle at the middle of the window, where the two sections meet.
  2. Twist the handle clockwise so it is vertical and pointing upwards.
  3. Push outwards to open the window until it reaches the desired width.
  4. Locate the second handle on the side of the bottom section.
  5. Twist the handle anti-clockwise so it is horizontal.
  6. Push outwards to open, in a similar way to a door.

 

Velux Integra windows

Velux Integra windows are electric windows controlled remotely using a control panel. They are ideal for hard to reach windows or for individuals that struggle to open a window manually. These electrically powered windows are operated using a control pad so you can operate them from a distance of up to 20m. They allow for timers to be set as well as an optional rain sensor that automatically closes the window when it starts to rain or snow.

How to open a Velux Integra window using the control panel:

  1. Plug in your control panel to the electricity mains and turn on by pressing the home icon.
  2. Set up the control pad with the correct date, time and language.
  3. Connect to your Velux Integra window using the search feature on the control panel.
  4. Select the window you would like to open from the control list.
  5. Slide the bar in the centre of the control panel to gradually open, or to fully open simply press the open window button.

Note: if you open a Velux Integra window using the control panel, you must also close it with the control panel. It cannot be closed manually.

Velux Integra Control Pad

How to open a Velux Integra window manually:

  1. Locate the control bar at the top of the window.
  2. Pull the control bar downwards until it is opened to the desired width.

Note: if you open a Velux Integra window manually, you must also close it manually. Opening the window manually also interrupts the rain sensor so it cannot close automatically.

 

High Windows

If your roof window is too high to reach, there are a number of solutions to open your window. One method is to use a step ladder and open the window as per the instructions above. Alternatively, some windows are available with a pole that fits into a small hole in the window frame.

How to open a Velux window using a pole:

  1. Locate the hole in the window frame – this is usually at the bottom however on some windows, it can be found at the top.
  2. Insert the end of the pole into the hole
  3. Twist the pole clockwise until the window is opened to your desired width.

 

There are a wide range of VELUX products out in the market which you may need further support from fitting to operating. For more information visit their website https://www.velux.co.uk/. Nevertheless, we have other articles that may help with your VELUX products. Look at how to install a VELUX roof window.

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