Most people have seen roof windows somewhere in the past, but what exactly are they and why do people have them fitted?

Roof windows themselves are indeed workable windows which are built in as part of the design of a roof. They are frequently confused with skylights and sky windows, and the roof window varies from both of these in a couple of ways.

  • A roof window is the best option if you want both light and fresh air coming into a building.

Some folks assume the roof window is another name for a skylight of sky window, but that is not so. Every one of these designs is a glazed opening option that is beneficial to a roof to make more efficient use of natural light.

Roof Windows are Larger

A roof window is typically larger than a skylight, which makes it much more possible to enjoy a much larger view of the sky. A skylight is normally stationary and cannot be opened and closed, although some newer designs, have made it possible to pull back a portion of the glazed panes


The roof window also differs from a skylight, in that the light is not directed in through any kind of channel or tube to provide lighting for the inside of a building. You will often see this type of light tube design being put to use in buildings where the fitting of a skylight or roof window is not that practical.

Roofing Matters

When comparing a sky window to a roof window, the biggest difference has to do with the type of roofing which is being used.

  • When glazed panes are installed into a flat roof, the building is usually referred to as a sky window
  • Whereas, a real roof window needs to have a roof that has a certain amount of slope to it

Fire Escapable

On more  very important characteristic that sets these windows apart from one another is the fact that a roof window provides a means of escape from a building if is a fire or some other threatening situation happening. This is impossible with regards to the other two windows, which are set in place and cannot be opened and closed.

Roof Windows Can Be Added

And whilst this kind of window is normally included in the original building of a roof, it is also certainly possible to have one fitted to an existing roof. Should the framework and the slope of the roof be able to include this type of window, it can indeed be fitted with comparative ease. Today, manufacturers provide prefabricated window inserts of this design which can be installed by specialists on the same day.

Roof windows on a great looking roof will definitely make a huge difference to the look and feel of anyone’s home.