Not for noth­ing is Velux con­sid­ered the UK mar­ket leader for skylights. Ed­i­tor-in- Chief Michelle Ogun­de­hin put it to the test and shares her tips

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If your roof is new, or newish, then in­stalling Velux win­dows will be a breeze (if not, see in­sider guide, p67). Al­most any builder will have put them in be­fore, plus the com­pany has an army of on-hand in­stal­la­tion ex­perts you can tele­phone, or call out, if there are any com­pli­ca­tions. Skylights come in­ter­nally fin­ished in white painted wood, white polyurethane or pine, and there are op­tions for use in con­ser­va­tion ar­eas. There are lots of stan­dard sizes on of­fer, plus cus­tom op­tions, blinds and shut­ters. But you still need to do your re­search be­fore you or­der. Here’s my starter list 1 Check the pitch of your roof to de­ter­mine ex­actly which types of skylights you’re able to spec­ify. Un­der 15 de­grees qual­i­fies as flat, and there are fewer mod­els avail­able for this. Over 15 de­grees, you’ll have lots more op­tions to choose from. 2 Be sure what roof fin­ish you’re go­ing for – tiles, as­phalt and slates each re­quire dif­fer­ent flash­ing so­lu­tions (the way the sky­light is wrapped to en­sure no water ingress around the edges). Each fin­ish has sig­nif­i­cant pros and cons. Con­sider the weight of clas­sic tiles (can ex­ist­ing joists take it?), fi­bre­glass stinks when be­ing in­stalled, as­phalt is easy but ugly, and some slates can’t be used on low pitches. 3 Check with both your builder and Velux the dis­tance apart you wish to fit a run of skylights. There are set di­men­sions that are prefer­able – usu­ally ten cen­time­tres min­i­mum – which means most in­stal­la­tions should fit neatly ei­ther side of ex­ist­ing joists, as­sum­ing they’re par­al­lel. 4 Will you be able to reach your skylights? If not, con­sider the Velux ‘In­te­gra’ so­lar pow­ered re­mote con­trol-op­er­ated op­tions. Or re­mem­ber to buy a pole. 5 Look at loads of case stud­ies (see buildin­gin­spi­ra­ to fully un­der­stand all of the op­tions be­fore you buy. You only want to do this once. Skylights, from £264 (

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