When it comes to specifying flat roof windows there has been remarkably little in the way of choice but a steady succession of new products from FAKRO has finally addressed this long standing problem. On the back of success with the stylish triple-glazed DEF U6 window (with its U-value of 0.88W/m2K), 2016 will see launches of more new products at exhibitions such as Grand Designs Live (Stand B400 London Excel 30 April – 8 May) and the NEC’s National Home Building & Renovating show (Stand D183 14 – 17 April).
The DEF U6 redefined the style of flat roof windows with its sleek appearance and bigger glazing area but, more importantly, it took thermal insulation in such a product to a new level. Its energy-efficient triple-glazing is bonded into the PVC sash using the latest adhesive technology and has a 6mm thick toughened glass outer and laminated, P2A anti-burglary inner pane. Its U-value makes it ideal for Passivhaus or EnerPHit® projects but for even better thermal performance the quadruple-glazed U8 unit’s multi-chamber frames, flexible seals and warm spacers give it a U-value of 0.58.
The launch of FAKRO’s ‘ColourLine’ option has taken the offering a stage further by enabling outer cladding to be specified in any RAL colour from the ‘Classic Palette’. So, whether a window needs to blend in with a green roof or match colours of terrace landscaping the design scope is virtually limitless. Roof windows no longer need an upstand either as the DXW window has been designed specifically to take heavy foot traffic. Its specially strengthened sash, glazing unit and wear-resistant, anti-slip surface make it perfect for fitting flush within the roofline. See the DXW being put to the test.
It doesn’t end there. The FAKRO EFR Flat Roof Gable System now provides a lightweight and easy-to-install way to beat structural limitations which might otherwise preclude a flat to pitched roof conversion. Installing roof windows either side of a ridge can transform a room by giving it the light and sense of space of a rooftop studio.
FAKRO DRC and DRF rooflights provide the long awaited answer to those wanting to upgrade inefficient old ones. They come with an integral loft ladder for ease of escape, options of a domed or flat profile and the same high standard of insulation. DSC and DSF windows have a similar appearance but with the addition of four motors in the frame the sash is opened vertically to a height of about 50cm for the purpose of automatic smoke evacuation.
Manufacture of bespoke sizes and non-opening options are all a routine part of the service FAKRO provides so for more information on any of these innovative flat roof products call 01283 554755 now.