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Fitting a Velux window

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by leaky5, Jan 25, 2015.

  1. leaky5

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    Has anyone done this them self ? Is this within the realms of a competent DIYer ? I would want to be doing this from the inside of the roof.
     
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    hi mate do what we always do . in the game if unsure for a few years i carried a b and q or collins diy book round with me everywhere , saying that i dont think internet was around in them days .

    we work in the multi skilled industry and most jobs could be sorted with a bit of common sense bud ;)
     
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    Can't see you doing it all from the inside as you will have slates to remove and cut etc!
     
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    they can ...

    They can be fitted entirely from the inside, no need to walk around on the roof or hire expensive scaffolding. They come complete with fully detailed fixing instructions, have adjustable ventilators in the frame and easy to operate handles which allow for ventilation in the latched position


    http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/roofwindows.htm
     
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    i fit many velux windows as part of my job and would not recommend fitting from the inside unless you have fitted a few from the outside first,the timber work in the instructions is straightforward on paper,it really requires 2 people to a half decent job in a quarter of the time that 1 would do.ps in my opinion farko windows are a lot better in quality,cheaper and easier to fit,and good luck
     
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    Are you fitting it in a slate or tile roof.

    Lee.
     
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    I always find them from the inside as I'm not to keen on heights. Never had a problem with fitting them this way. However I now use a good roofer and he does them for me for less than I charge to fit them myself!
    Scott
     
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    I will be getting someone in to quote anyway, its just I remember my dad did a couple himself in one of our old houses.


    Any ball park figures for the fitting cost ?
    Its a tiled roof.
     
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    You stand a better chance of doing it from the inside because it is tiles on your roof.
    Slates are a bit harder.

    Hope they aren't Rosemary tiles NIGHTMARE!!!!!!!

    Price How big is the window?
    Is it a traditional roof or truss roof ?
    Is it vaulted or is there a ceiling ?

    There is a lot to take into consideration, if you haven't done one before you could end
    up in a world of hurt.

    Lee.
     
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    Velux do some excellent literature on their ranges and IIRC they were full of installation advice
    hth
    Dag
     
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    if you have attic trusses, whatever you do dont cut them, the amount of bracing to put the strength back is huge.
    it will end up with one side of the room being completely stripped of plaster.
     
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    First builder has had a look, said it can only be done from the outside. Also it looks like the only bit with enough clearance between timbers is the bit in the photo where you can see the blue of the felt folded over and that is directly in line with a roof peak on the outside, so probably won't have enough clearance.

    The other option might be sun tubes, but these start at £550 each fitted + scaffolding cost.
     
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    The 2nd builder has just had a look and we have worked out there is enough clearance at the one point it can be done without cutting timbers and this is also the best location in the room.
    1st quote was about £1500 for one window + building regs if required, will no more about that tomorrow.

    Both builders have said it will need scaffolding.
     
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    maybe try a dedicated local roofing firm,they may be able to give a v competitive quote ,
     
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    I've fitted a few over the years & agree with some of the other guys, they can be done from the inside, but it's not easy unless you've done it a few times.

    Maybe you could look into hiring a tower scaffold ? I think most people with reasonable DIY skills can fit a Velux from outside. Have a look on Youtube to see what's involved.
     

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