What is it?

Roof light conversions offer a brilliant way to transform your living space in Sussex by maximizing natural light and creating an open and airy environment. In this article, we’ll delve into the world of rooflight conversions, their benefits, the process involved, and why choosing Sussex for this type of conversion is an excellent decision.

The Beauty of Roof Light Conversions

A roof light conversion, also known as a Velux conversion, involves the installation of roof windows or skylights within your existing loft space. These windows are strategically placed to maximize the entry of natural light, making the loft area feel open and inviting.

Advantages of Roof Light Conversions

  1. Ample Natural Light: Roof light conversions flood your space with sunlight, creating a bright and welcoming environment.
  2. Energy Efficiency: With more natural light, you can reduce your reliance on artificial lighting, leading to potential energy savings.
  3. Space Enhancement: Roof light conversions can make your loft feel more spacious and versatile, suitable for various purposes like a bedroom, home office, or playroom.
  4. Cost-Effective: Roof light conversions are often more cost-effective than other loft conversion types due to their simplicity.

The Roof Light Conversion Process

The roof light conversion process typically involves the following steps:

  1. Consultation: Meet with a professional to discuss your requirements and assess the feasibility of a roof light conversion.
  2. Design and Planning: Work with a designer to create a layout and choose the best location for roof windows.
  3. Installation: Roof windows or skylights are installed, ensuring they are weatherproof and energy-efficient.
  4. Interior Finishing: The loft interior is finished to your specifications, including insulation, flooring, and any additional features like storage or a bathroom.
  5. Building Regulations: Ensure compliance with building regulations, particularly in terms of safety and insulation.

Velux roof light windows

For more information about Velux windows and the many different possibilities these windows allow in not only letting natural light into your loft but also the styles available, please view their online brochure HERE for inspiration.

Pros and Cons


  • Abundant Natural Light: Roof light conversions flood your space with natural light, creating a bright, open, and inviting atmosphere.
  • Energy Efficiency: With ample natural light, you can reduce your reliance on artificial lighting, potentially leading to energy savings and lower electricity bills.
  • Cost-Effective: Roof light conversions are typically more budget-friendly compared to other loft conversion types due to their simplicity and the reduced need for structural changes.
  • Space Enhancement: Roof light conversions can make your loft feel more spacious and versatile, suitable for various purposes like a bedroom, home office, or playroom.
  • Scenic Views: Roof lights provide the opportunity to enjoy scenic views and the beauty of the outdoors from the comfort of your loft space, enhancing your overall living experience.


  • Limited Headroom: Roof light conversions may not significantly increase the headroom in your loft, limiting the types of activities or room layouts you can accommodate.
  • Less Privacy: Increased natural light may come at the cost of privacy, especially if your loft faces neighboring properties.
  • Reduced Insulation: Roof light conversions may have a slightly negative impact on insulation compared to other loft conversion types, which can affect energy efficiency.
  • Aesthetics: The placement of roof windows may impact the exterior appearance of your property, which might not be to everyone’s liking.
  • Weather Considerations: Weatherproofing and maintenance are critical for roof light conversions to prevent leaks and other weather-related issues, which can require ongoing attention.


What our customers say

I feel very lucky to have found Oakwood Lofts to build my loft conversion for me. Not only am I delighted with the end result, but Jay, Mick and the whole team were also a pleasure to work with and to have around. Everything has been finished to a beautiful standard (visitors have particularly complimented the carpentry) and I am grateful for Jay's sensible advice and good taste at various points throughout the process.


1. Do I need planning permission for a roof light conversion?

In most cases, planning permission is not required for a roof light conversion, as it falls under permitted development rights. However, some exceptions apply, especially in conservation areas or for listed buildings. It’s advisable to check with your local planning authority.

2. What types of roof windows are available for a roof light conversion?

There are various roof window options, including traditional pivot windows, top-hung windows, and balcony roof windows. The choice depends on your preferences and the intended use of the space.

3. Can I install roof lights in an existing loft, or does it need to be part of a larger conversion project?

Roof lights can be installed in an existing loft space to improve natural lighting and ventilation. However, if you wish to fully convert the loft into a habitable room, additional work may be necessary to meet building regulations.

4. How do I maintain roof windows for optimal performance and longevity?

Regular maintenance, including cleaning the windows and checking for any signs of wear or damage, is essential. Ensure that seals are intact and that the windows are weatherproof to prevent leaks.

5. Will a roof light conversion increase the value of my property?

A well-executed roof light conversion can potentially increase the value of your property, as it enhances the aesthetics, functionality, and energy efficiency of the space. However, the extent of the value increase depends on various factors, including the local property market.

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