When it comes to making recommendations for a flat roof window there’s been remarkably little in the way of choice but a steady succession of new products from FAKRO has finally given designers and contractors the degree of choice they have wanted for so long.
Just as importantly they have all been designed for ease of fitting. On the back of success with the stylish triple-glazed DEF U6 window, 2016 will see launches of more new products at exhibitions such as Grand Designs Live at London Excel (Stand B400 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-glazed unit 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.
With a U-value as low as 0.88 W/m2K it’s ideal for Passivhaus projects, though the quadruple-glazed U8 unit (U-value 0.58) is even better. Multi-chamber frames, flexible seals and warm spacers help retain airtightness and maintain these windows’ high standard of insulation.
The launch of FAKRO ‘ColourLine’ 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 used in terrace landscaping the 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 the product perfect for fitting flush within the roofline.