Fitting Velux blinds
If you haven’t yet got one, I can thoroughly recommend any of the new generation of roof window blinds. As with the roof windows themselves, Velux and other third party manufacturer’s have constantly improved their products to make them not only easy to use and prettier to look at, but very easy to install yourself.
Velux window blinds
How to fit a Velux blind - This short video shows you all the steps from start to finish on how to install Velux blind. From opening the box to completion can be done in under 5 minutes with practise, fitting skylight blinds has never been easier.
How do I fit a Roof window blind other than Velux?
To see video instructions on how to install skylight blinds for other window brands click the links below. ( opens in new window )
Which window blind do I need
When choosing Velux window blinds or any other brand, have an Idea of what you want to achieve, some blinds are simply to stop sun glare or add colour like roller blinds, others like a pleated or Venetian may add a design element or soften lighting conditions. Here are some of the roller blinds available. ( All pictures open in a new window )
Blackout - The blackout blind as you would expect gives you total darkness, ideal for bedrooms and with a built with a reflective aluminium coating on the outside surface that gives extra insulation in the winter and keeps you cool in the summer.
Internal Insect screen – Stops flies and other insects from entering even when the window is open. The fine mesh allows you to see outside and allows daylight and air to enter. Can be used as well as all types of other blinds.
Energy blinds – Thermally Insulating and energy efficient pleated blinds, combines aluminium powder coatings and a honey comb design for maximum insulation. Will allow dim light in to capture heat during the winter months.
External Awning blind – An external solution to excessive heat from the sun, not fitted so much in the UK due to the rickets inducing lack of natural sunlight. Can stop up to 90% of heat entering though in climates where this is a problem.
Electric window blinds – If you have a Velux roof window that is awkward to get to, hard to reach or high up, you can add an electrically operated system for an awnings, shutter or roller blinds, and these can be ordered from Velux themselves here Velux accessories They can be fitted to new windows or retro fitted to older roof windows at a later stage.
Identifying your roof window
Before buying a roof any window blind you will need the window code, this is located on an identification plate on the top edge of the window when the window is in the open position. You will also need this window identification number if you are looking for replacement roof blinds.
All roof windows will have and identification plate, on a Velux and most others this is located on the top edge of the roof window. On other older makes check the sides and bottom of the window itself and the window surround.
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Examples of common window sizes
Sizes are for the full external window frame not internal measurements, and are used for new, or a replacement Velux blind.
- Window size 55 x 78 code 102 or CO2
- Window size 55 x 98 code 104 or 6 or CO4
- Window size 78 x 98 code 304 or 1 or MO4
- Window size 66 x 118 code 206 or 5 or FO6
- Window size 78 x 118 code 306 or 14 or MO6
- Window size 78 x 140 code 308 or 2 or MO8
- Window size 138 x 98 code 804 or 7 or UO4
- Window size 114 x 118 code 606 or 4 or SO6
- Window size 98 x 160 code 410 or 3 or P10
- Window size 134 x 140 code 808 or 8 or UO8
Where to buy roof window blinds direct
Here are some direct links to the manufacturer of the roof windows themselves…
- From Amazon – Velux window blinds
- Directly form Velux – Velux window blinds
- From Keylite – Keylite window blinds
- From RoofLITE – RoofLITE window blinds
- Fakro window blinds
Some roof window manufacturer’s do not have dedicated window blind shops or recommended outlets, but you will find they are catered for with a simple search as long as you have your roof window dimensions to hand.
Third party window blind sellers and manufacturers
Very good quality blinds are also available from the many online shops, large high street retail chains, and also in Google or other search engines. Sometimes these are re-sellers of official window company’s products, or they have manufactured their own unit.
I can’t find a window blind for my roof window, can I fit another make ?
The answer a lot of the times is yes, get your window code as shown above and find out the size of your roof window, if it conforms to any of the standard window sizes that can be found on this page Old Velux window codes you may in with a very good chance. You can often ask most good window blind company’s for their advice also.
- Roof Windows - See all common manufacturers
- Velux roof windows - All types listed
- Buy Cheap Roof Windows - Top tips to bag a bargain
- How to Fit a roof window - Fitting guide with video
- Old Velux window codes - Serial number locations