Velux roof windows - polyurethane or painted?

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Hi,

Just a quick one.

We're considering a loft conversion and in order to get an idea of costs we need to agree on certain specifications.

Velux offer 3 internal finishes;
  • White painted (Standard)
  • White polyurethane
  • Pine finish
We know we don't want a pine finish so we're looking for more info on the polyurethane versus white painted. From what I can see the white painted is wood so will have some grain effect. The polyurethane will have better resistance to moisture but apparently has a wood core.

Are there other relevant characteristics that I shouldn't consider? What if I want to fit blinds at some point? Will one be easier than the other?

Grateful for advice if you've experienced these products.

Cheers
 
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On a related note, are veluxes worth the premium? They seem to be the new Hoover but I have come across cheaper versions from brands such as Sunlux and Optilight.

Thing is I'm only likely to do one loft conversion. It would be a pain to have to replace windows and flashing because I went cheap and regretted it.

Anyone able to talk about the performance and value of the alternatives?
 
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If wood is adequately primed and finished you shouldn't see the grain - think about old-fashioned skirting boards
 
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Replaced a 15yr old Velux skylight yesterday it was rotting in the bottom corners.
There was a gap behind the plasterboard of around 30mm which was causing condensation, also there was not one fixing in the brackets!!!
PVC would have faired a lot better in this situation but it is down to the fitter as to how long your skylight will last.
 
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I’ve got white painted ones, the finish is good. I’ve also got keylite ones... white painted again the finish is good. Had a a slight issue with the keylites, but that has gone... but think I’d choose velux over any of the other makes.
 
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I've got 2 of the 1m sq ones that are polyurethane, I wouldn't dream of a timber one.

Andy
 
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The polyurethane ones are just coated wood. I have 3 of the GGU SK06 integra tripple glazed. Nice windows and keep the heat in as I get ice patterns in the winter! They will also close when it rains so I dont have to worry about leaving them open.
 

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