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Keylite Futuretherm Roof Window – Designed to meet the needs of Architects

The new Keylite Futuretherm roof window range represents a significant investment in research and development, and is 100% focused on innovation in order to deliver improved performance and greatly simplified installation.

These developments come in response to the industry’s drive towards a fabric-first approach, and provide practical, energy efficient solutions, capable of delivering the natural light that architects seek when designing projects for modern living.

The new Keylite Futuretherm roof windows range introduces a number of new and innovative features, all designed to take into account the needs of the modern house builder, in terms of offering a much improved aesthetic appearance, as well as greatly enhanced in-the-roof thermal efficiencies.

Futuretherm innovations are marketed under the Fit Faster, Fit Lower, Fit Warmer headings, because it is in each of these three key areas that the window provides a number of unique innovations:

  • Faster – Flick Fit brackets, Click Fit hood & Cover Flashings, and Integrated Thermal Collar
  • Lower – Recessed Fit and Low Profile hood
  • Warmer – Integrated Thermal Collar, Warm Edge Glazing

 

The new window’s key innovation comes in the form of a unique Integrated Thermal Collar, which is pre-fitted to the frame, as standard. By simply pulling the release tape – positioned around the frame – the insulation collar expands, closing the gap between the window frame and the roof, and providing an effective barrier against heat loss and the effects of cold bridging. This contributes to improved overall roof performance, thereby reducing potential issues such as condensation.

This new pre-installed Integrated Thermal Collar also removes a potential point of failure in the overall thermal performance of the roof, by avoiding the need for secondary components – including a separate thermal collar – which other roof windows require. This ensures that every Keylite Futuretherm roof window installation offers outstanding insulation performance every time.

Finally, all glazing is now upgraded to Warm Edge, as standard, providing added protection against condensation, once again ensuring a better in the roof thermal performance.

New Keylite Loft Ladder Brings Innovation To A New Level With Easy-To-Install Features

Keylite, one of the UK’s leading buildings materials solutions providers, is delighted to announce the launch of its all new Loft Ladder. This all-new wooden Loft Ladder introduces completely unique features, which are designed to provide the consumer with the easiest and fastest installation process possible.

This latest loft ladder solution comes with two exciting and patented features, both unique to the Keylite Loft Ladder, and which are designed to greatly enhance both the safety and simplicity of the loft ladder installation process.
 

  1. The Detachable Ladder feature allows for simple installation by one person; this is an invaluable safety feature which allows for the ladder to be installed from below, rather than from above. This feature represents a completely new departure, as up to now loft ladders are typically installed from above, by two people.
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  3. The Flick Fit Installation feature provides pre-installed brackets, allowing for “Easy Fit” Installation. Using these brackets, the ladder simply clicks into the roof space above, quickly and safely.

 

In addition to the above unique features, the Keylite Loft Ladder also contains a number of other great features, including a pre-fitted handrail as standard, recessed locking system, slip resistant threads, scratch resistant protective feet, a continuous seal around the trapdoor for reduced heat-loss, Hi-Therm 0.12w/m2k as standard, as well as dove tail joints on all threads.

John Duffin, Managing Director of Keylite says that “We pride ourselves on our ability to provide innovative new products which contain useful and unique features that we know will make life easier for everyone, from the merchant, to the installer and right through to the end user. We believe that both the flick fit and detachable ladder features of this new product ensure that this is now the best loft ladder on the market”.

The Keylite Loft Ladder is available from just £99 ex VAT through all Keylite Stockist Merchants, as well as through Keylite ecommerce site, the new first-of-its-kind ecommerce site.

Keylite’s Innovation Recognised by Construction Products Association

Keylite Roof Windows has been recognised for its innovative Flick Fit Window, in the Construction Products Association’s 2012 web brochure of Construction Products Innovation and Achievement (CPIA). Keylite’s Flick Fit Window is one of only 8 products nationwide in the category of ‘Improvements in Site Efficiency’ for this year’s publication, which showcases the most innovative products and processes created by the construction products industry during the last twelve months or so. Commenting on the achievement, Simon Storer, Communications and External Affairs Director, for the Construction Products Association said: “We are delighted that the construction products industry has once again demonstrated an enormous desire to introduce a variety of new and exciting solutions. Despite the construction industry suffering more than most sectors during the current downturn, one only needs to look at the products and processes showcased in CPIA to highlight the huge impact the industry is making towards change. The industry is not always been good at trumpeting its own achievements. However, CPIA demonstrates how the construction products industry is continuously developing and improving by creating innovative solutions which make a significant impact to all aspects of construction”. John Duffin, Managing Director of Keylite Roof Windows added, “We are very pleased to have been chosen for this year’s CPIA publication. Our Keylite Roof Window with its pre fitted Flick Fit brackets will bring enormous benefits to installers in terms of speed of installation and Health & Safety Benefits. It is very important that our industry recognises and showcases innovation and we are grateful that CPIA 2012 does this.”

Construction Products Innovation and Achievement 2012 [EXTERNAL LINK]

NBS Plus

Keylite's NBS PlusKeylite Roof Windows Ltd are now able to offer specifiers access to technical product information via NBS Plus, a library of manufactures product information.

NBS is the industry standard specification system used by more than 45,000 registered users who are able to specify products quickly and accurately by the click of a button. By using NBS Plus the specifier can be sure that what they are specifying is accurate and suitable for the purpose intended.

In addition to having our products on www.thenbsplus.com NBS product specifications can now be found on our new website, meaning specifiers can access a concise NBS product specification directly from our site.

Visit our NBS Plus Section

Professional Builder awards Keylite Product of the Year

Terry Smith (Editor) of Professional Builder magazine visits the Keylite Roof Windows UK Headquarters in Swadlincote to present Andy Neal (Operations Manager) Keylite Roof Windows with the Charles Godfrey award for Product of the Year 2011. Keylite Roof Windows has received this top accolade despite being up against strong competition from other building manufacturers and suppliers.

For more information on the Keylite Roof Window professional builder product test click here: or to view the reasons why the Keylite Roof Window was selected please click here:.

NEW Keylite Blinds Collection

Keylite have introduced a NEW Blinds Range with exciting NEW colours and fabric options.

Keylite NEW Blinds Range offers:

  • Genuine Keylite Branded product
  • Aluminium side rails for total 100% blackout
  • Keylite 3 year Guarantee as standard
  • Roller cover preventing fading of coloured fabrics
  • Thermal benefits with verfied heat loss savings

 

To view our full Blinds Range please visit www.keyliteblinds.com, where ordering your blinds is simple and easy.

Alternatively for any blinds enquiries you may have please

Tel. 028 8675 8921 (NI/ROI enquiries) or Tel. 01283 200150 (UK enquiries)

…and our friendly personnel will be happy to help.

Product Test of the Year Award

THE CHARLES GODFREY AWARD IS NAMED IN HONOUR OF PROFESSIONAL BUILDER’S LEGENDARY FORMER PRODUCTS TESTER AND THIS YEAR KEYLITE WILL COLLECT THE ACCOLADE.

 

Earlier in the year I visited a barn conversion in the Peak District to have a go at fitting a Keylite roof window. Normally I am quite happy to fit two or three roof windows in a day but the Flick Fit windows are cleverly designed to make the job so much quicker.

By lunchtime there were six windows in and only the flashings left to do as the roof was slated up. Up until that visit I had never really thought about the possibility of someone coming up with a design that allowed you to put the window in from the inside without removing the sash.

 
The problem has always been that once you have screwed the brackets on you then have to manoeuvre the frame through the trimmed opening, and with the sash in you have nothing to grab. The prospect of it sliding down the roof as you let go is not to be dwelled on. Keylite’s unique approach is the “Flick-Fit” bracket – a hinged bracket pre-fitted to the window frame. The really clever part is that you can adjust the brackets for tiles or slates simply by removing the colour coded plastic plugs and then just flick them out into the fitting position. The window can then be rested on the lower trimmer and lifted up into place.

As Professional Builder settles into its fourth decade as the nation’s No 1 building publication, the moment has arrived for our time honoured tradition. The following pages feature all of the Top Products of 2011 voted for by you through our free and unique reader enquiry service. Christmas will be coming just a little bit earlier for at least twenty manufacturers with the award of our annual industry accolade, and with products of the calibre of this year’s collection with which to invest, better times for the building industry as a whole can’t be very far away.
Once it is clear of the top trimmer you simply flick the top brackets out into place and the window is rested back in place. If you open the window you can then put a screw in each of the bottom brackets. You then close the window to check it is square before screwing in the top brackets and putting another couple of screws in the lower bracket. The innovation doesn’t stop there. The sashes are mounted at 2/3rds rather than half way and this allows you to position the windows so you can see out of them without hitting your head on the open window.

New Additions to the Keylite Technical Sales Team

With continued increase in demand for the new “Flick Fit” Keylite Roof Window we are pleased to announce four new additions to our Technical Sales team.

This team will help promote the key features of the new Keylite Roof Window through on site product demonstrations and training with Builder Merchants and end users. This provides an excellent opportunity for our customer base to fit a Roof Window and gives them the extra confidence and knowledge required to Sell and install the product.

The New members of the team include:

· Steven Brown, Swadlincote
· Robert Dedman, Dewsbury
· Jamie Jeffery, Sidcup
· Richard Archer, Staffs

Please contact our head office to arrange an appointment with your local Sales Representative.

Keylite UK – 01283 200150
Keylite NI – 028 8675 8921

Roger Bisby’s Product Testing Report

Roger Bisby fitting a Keylite Roof WindowThese days builders have a good choice of different makes of roof windows but unless there is a compelling reason to change most of us tend to carry on with what we know. Like many others I may have just jogged along but in my job as Product Tester for Professional Builder I have been given the opportunity of trying them all and it isn’t until you try something different that you realise what was wrong with the old one. How many times, for example, have you struggled getting that sash back in after fitting the frame with the hooks dangling, or tried to haul a roof window up onto the scaffold? I have done it many times and nearly dropped the sash on occasions but, until now, I had never really thought about the possibility of someone coming up with a design that allowed you to put the window in from the inside without removing the sash. The problem has always been that once you have screwed the brackets on you then have to manoeuvre the frame through the trimmed opening and with the sash in you have nothing to grab. The prospect of it sliding down the roof as you let go is not to be dwelled on.

Roger Bisby fitting a Keylite Roof WindowKeylite’s unique approach is the “Flick-Fit” bracket – a hinged bracket pre-fitted to the windowframe. The really clever part is that you can adjust the brackets for tiles or slates simply by removing the colour coded plastic plugs and then just flick them out into the fitting position. The window can then be rested on the lower trimmer and lifted up into place. Once it is clear of the top trimmer you simply flick the top brackets out into place and the window is rested back in place. If you open the window you can then put a screw in each of the bottom brackets. You then close the window to check it is square before going outside to screw in the top brackets and put another couple of screws in the lower bracket.

From that point on you can proceed as usual with the roof covering and flashing as you go. So the whole window has been fitted from within without the need to remove the sash. That covers a very common scenario but we also know that there are times when you have an existing roof, where you are adding a loft conversion, and you really would rather complete the whole job of flashing from the inside. You may not even have scaffolded the front elevation. In this case you can remove the sash in the normal way but the unique selling point of a Keylite window is that if you are working from above to do the flashing then you don’t have to.

Roger Bisby fitting a Keylite Roof WindowApart from this unique Flick fit bracket what else has Keylite got to tempt you away from your existing choice? Well the site I carried out my installation test on belongs to Paul Stanton of Estructura who is converting it for his own home. He had chosen Keylite windows because he has used them on other builds and likes the quality but he particularly likes the factory finished white timber interior. “The other ones I looked at all had PVCu and I really didn’t want plastic windows in this traditional property. These just look classy. They also have a much wider range of sizes than the other guys and can even do specials.”

Paul was intending to carry out the slating over the Easter holidays  but he handed me a few sample slates so I could see how the flashings sat on the slates.  The front apron for slates is a single piece of  aluminium which is pressed  to provide a low profile. This allows the window to sit much lower in the roof more like a traditional skylight.  If you are tiling then the tile flashing has the familiar corrugated lead apron.  I particularly liked the way that the first soaker is marked up so you know which is left and right and there is also a mark on the front apron to tell you where to place the soaker.  In fact there are very clear instructions all over the window so if for example the instruction leaflet blew away in the wind and was chewed up by next door’s Rottweiler  you would still be able to proceed just from the information  printed on the side of the frame.

Roger Bisby fitting a Keylite Roof WindowHaving fitted my first Keylite apart from the slating I went for a quick bit of lunch in a lovely pub overlooking Froggat in the Peak District. On the way back home I popped in to see how Paul was getting on with the other windows and was surprised to see that in the hour I had been gone he had fitted four  more windows.  I asked him if he was going to take a break for a cuppa and he told me he had done.  Four windows in an hour with a tea break is not bad going by anyone’s standards. At his rate it could become an Olympic sport.  I wonder what the world record would be for flicking out four brackets and screwing it onto the roof. Keylite Roof Windows are Flickin Brilliant.

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