The power of natural light - why you should add roof windows to your new self-build

Outside view of a new built house painted in white with black roof and roof windows
Building your own home? With a self-build, you can create a home that meets your needs and desires, from environmentally friendly features to wild designs. Make the most of this opportunity and ensure that your home has optimal lighting, energy efficiency, and the best possible resale value by filling your new home with daylight!

Remember plenty of natural light in your new home

When building a new house, incorporating daylight may not be at the top of your priority list. But having plenty of natural light in your home can ultimately increase the resale value of your house. Take full advantage of all the benefits of daylight by installing roof windows.
Key takeaways
  • A roof window provides up to twice as much light as a façade window of the same size, while flat roof windows can bring up to three times more 
  • It's recommended that the glazed area of all windows is no less than 20% of the floor area to ensure rooms have sufficient daylight levels
  • With energy prices skyrocketing, roof windows can reduce daytime use of electric light, as they let natural light be the primary light source.

See your home in a whole new natural light

Roof windows will make a significant difference to the space, as they allow the light to penetrate deeper into your home. A roof window provides up to twice as much light as a façade window of the same size, while flat roof windows can bring up to three times more. Installing roof windows will fill your home with fresh air, help you create a better indoor climate, and allow you to see your house in a whole new light.

Have a look at these inspiring stories to see the difference that roof windows can make and start planning your dream house.

"When building a new house, incorporating daylight may not be at the top of your priority list. But having plenty of natural light in your home can ultimately increase its resale value."

The benefits of installing roof windows

Daylight has been the primary source of light in interiors for centuries. With energy prices skyrocketing, now is an excellent time to go back to basics. One way to reduce your use of electric light during the daytime is by installing roof windows and letting natural light be your primary light source. Not only do they offer aesthetic appeal, but they also make your house more energy efficient. If that's not a good selling point, we don't know what is!

Let VELUX help you with your natural light project

Installing roof windows is a big decision, but one that you won't regret! Check out our different tools to learn more about what a difference roof windows can make to your home.

Explore the VELUX Daylight experience

We want to find a solution that suits you. That's why we offer free project advice and have tools to help you see what your space could look like with our daylight solutions:

  • VELUX Daylight Advisory Service: Let our VELUX Daylight Design Advisors help you realise the full potential of your self-build house with roof windows. Take advantage of our free Daylight Design Concept to discover how daylight and fresh air can transform your space.

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