Are Velux Blinds available for my Velux Skylight or Roof Window?
Velux blinds are available for most but not all Velux Skylight models. Note also that Velux Blinds come in either a Blockout or Honeycomb finish with operating options being manual or solar powered. These options are limited for some Velux Skylight models or not available at all.
So, before deciding which Velux Skylight to choose, perhaps the starting point should be to first decide whether you want to be able to block out the sun or the night sky at all. We thought it might be helpful to give you a rundown on the Velux Skylight models and let you know which Velux blinds are available for each.
Velux Blinds for (Flat Roof) FCM Skylights
Velux blinds are NOT available for the FCM range. Why? The Velux Flat Roof Skylight (FCM) range is designed for versatility. It can be positioned in portrait, landscape or even a “diamond shape” orientation and installed from a zero degree pitch through to a 60 degree pitch. It’s zero degree pitch makes it an ideal replacement for old acrylic domes. However, it its design versatility means that it has sacrificed the recessed internal frame that supports a Velux blind.
Velux Blinds for (Fixed) FS Skylights
Velux Blinds ARE available for the FS range. The fixed (not openable) skylight range can be installed from a 15 degree pitch through to a 90 degree pitch but can also be installed in a flat roof if it has what is called a 15 degree pitch “build up”. This means a frame is constructed to tilt the skylight up to the recommended 15 degrees. There are 10 sizes in this range. Velux Blinds for this skylight range are available in manual and solar Blockout and manual and solar Honeycomb styles. Note that manual blinds for FS Skylights need a control rod (around $60) for out of reach situations. The FS Skylight range offers the most options for blinds.
Velux Blinds for (Manual) VS Skylights
Velux Blinds ARE available for the VS range. The manual (openable by winder only) skylight range can be installed in situations that allow for a 15 to 90 degree pitch. Again, for roofs below 15 degrees, it can be installed with a 15 degree build up. The VS range can be opened using a winder or, if out of reach, using a control rod. It comes with a flyscreen preinstalled. If case you are wondering, the blind sits inside the flyscreen. Therefore, Velux Blinds for the VS range can only be operated using solar powered technology. Both Blockout and Honeycomb finishes are available in this range.
Velux Blinds for (Electric Openable) VSE Skylights
Velux Blinds ARE available for the VSE range. The electric opening skylight range is gradually being replaced by the VSS (Solar Operated Openable) skylights so availability of VSE skylights while still available is now limited. Blinds are still available though and are available in the solar powered range with Blockout and Honeycomb finishes available.
Velux Blinds for (Solar Powered Openable) VSS Skylights
Velux Blinds ARE available for the VSS range. The solar powered openable range of Velux Skylights are the ultimate in skylights. The VSS range features a solar panel that captures available daylight to recharge a highly efficient, concealed battery powered operator and control system. One of the benefits of this range is that it incorporates a rain sensor meaning it will automatically close the skylight when rain is detected. The VSS pitch range is 15 degrees through to 60 degrees with the usual 15 degree pitch build up recommended for roofs below 15 degrees. The VSS model also comes with insect screens fitted. As the VSS is solar powered, Velux Blinds are only available as a solar powered option. Blockout and Honeycomb finishes are available.
Velux Blinds for (Centre-Pivot) GGL Roof Windows
Velux Blinds ARE available for the GGL range. The centre-pivot roof window is manually operated and designed for within-reach attic situations. Fly screens are not standard for the GGL but available for separate purchase and depending on the size range in price from $239 to $327. Blinds are available in both Blockout and Honeycomb finishes but are offered as a manually operated option only. The frame is not part of the window construction for this model but rather part of the blind instead. We find it to be a little on the bulky side and for the smaller models, obstructing quite a lot of the glass. So, though blinds are available, our personal preference is not to recommend blinds for this model.
Velux Blinds for (Dual Action) GPL Roof Windows
Velux Blinds ARE available for the GPL range. The dual action roof window is manually operated and designed for roofs that have a shallower pitch and to maximise roof top views. GPL roof windows can be opened in two ways: top hung operation and a longer pull allows the sash to rotate 180 degrees making it easy to clean the outer pane from inside the room. As with the GGL model fly screens are not standard for the GGL but available for separate purchase and again, depending on the size, range in price from $239 to $327. Blinds are available in both Blockout and Honeycomb finishes but are offered as a manually operated option only. The frame is not part of the window construction for this model either but part of the blind instead. As with the GGL model, we find this makes it a little on the bulky side and for the smaller models, it obstructs quite a lot of the glass. So, though blinds are available for the GPL model, our personal preference is not to recommend blinds be fitted.
What else do you need to know about Velux Blinds?
Can Velux Blinds be retro fitted?
Yes, but if your Velux Skylight was manufactured prior to March 2010, the new Velux blinds do not fit. The same applies for Roof Windows Purchased prior to June 2015. Blinds for older models must be ordered accordingly. Call Roofrite with the code from the Velux plate on your skylight or window so we can determine and price the appropriate Velux Blind for your skylight or roof window.
How do I know which model Velux Skylight or Roof Window I have?
Every Velux Skylight and Roof Window has a data plate mounted on the frame. The data plate contains the product serial number, which tells the skylight model, glass type and date of manufacture.
How are Solar Powered Velux Blinds operated?
Velux Blinds that are solar powered come with a wireless wall mountable keypad.
Can I install Velux Blinds myself?
Yes, you can. Velux Blinds have a pretty simple Pick N Click installation process and tips are available on You Tube. However, if you would rather Roofrite install your Velux Blinds, we can do this too. Ask us about pricing for installation when ordering your blinds.