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07-04-2008, 10:58   #1
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Velux/Fakro/okpol roof windows

Anybody have any feedback on the three company's are velux miles ahead in terms of quality? Anybody get any good deals on roof windows lately i need 11 of them and the price is scaring me!!!
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07-04-2008, 11:19   #2
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They all seen to be the same pretty much, Keylite, fakro etc. some of the velux windows arent produced by the others (cabrio, terrace system) as they were patented by velux but otherwise even the sizes are pretty similar
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11 roof lights,
seeing as you have that many, i'd be going for the best u-value i can, roof lights lose alot of heat
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07-04-2008, 11:39   #4
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They all seem to have the same u values too, at 1.1 window and frame. I have prices for velux at €4,840. I would like one of there cabrio windows but they are €3k a pop
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Hi,
Best U-value is 1.3 and that costs extra on top of standard velux. Did your quote include advanced glazing option?
What size are you installing. Most Hardware stores should knock at least 20 - 25% off brochure prices.


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They all seem to have the same u values too, at 1.1 window and frame. I have prices for velux at €4,840. I would like one of there cabrio windows but they are €3k a pop
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07-04-2008, 12:53   #6
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i had the same issue between Fakro & Velux, Fakro had a slightly better
U-Value and were very marginally cheaper, CAPCO import windows as well can't remember the name, but these were much cheaper and might be worth a look and phone call....

in the end i went for the recognised, tried and trusted Velux as it was easier to get blinds for the windows (believe me the amount of light these things let in you'll need the blinds at times)

and i agree with pete you'll get a good discount!!!

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I'm not a sales man for velux but if you have the option put in the cabrio, if you take a shortcut (like I did) and put in a top hung on top and standard below you get a big lump of wood or plaster right at eye level when your sitting down. Velux are the only ones AFAIK that do the cabrio system which is why it is so expensive. bulk will count for something so order all at once and make sure that you get the right flashings preferably before the roof goes on.
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If you're judging by price alone, consider price and availability of blinds before you buy the windows. I've seen people going for the cheapest roof windows to find that they were buying the ones with the dearest blinds, or worse still no blinds available
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Thanks for the help guys decided to go with the velux windows.

Capco import the opkol window much cheaper but they dont look great at all, they are about 35% cheaper than a velux; and fakro are 10to12% cheaper than velux from my investigations.
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jollyman

those figures were about the same when i purchased,

i'd ring around though before purchasing i made a fair saving when compared to list price
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08-04-2008, 15:37   #11
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Order placed 8 windows €4,290 saving of 15% compared to list price as good as i could get!
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Hi,
I can pm you details of a contact who shud give you more of a discount if you want to check it out.

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Please do
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While on the velux topic - can anyone recommend use of motorised open/close system for velux windows and the rain sensor?

I've installed a velux into the hip-end of a high roof to light up a corridor, and want to be able to open it, especially in Summer months, but am fearful of "local weather conditions" leaving me rather wet when I forget to close it!!!!
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I've two of them over the upstairs hall (connected via X10),
(everything else manual) works fine but i have heard since over time the "chain" can become loose and the closing effectiveness can be reduced

i have them installed now for about a year and no probs yet, but saying that
i've only opened them a couple of times since
(birds flying in to the gaff) and i don't know if they are worth the extra money!! might be a better investment to invest in a long pole
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