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Roof windows

  • 01-04-2018 7:28pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 28 ✭✭✭ MossM


    I need to get flat roof lights and roof lights for attic conversion. I am getting lots of conflicting views on the main manufacturers of such windows and some of it doesn’t seem to tally up.

    Would love to get some views on how best to compare and contrast, websites that might do so or a supplier that might advise. Looking at triple glazed windows so it’s all working out quite costly.

    Would welcome any PMs for specific recommendations.

    Thanks
    M


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,034 ✭✭✭ goz83


    Do you mean velux type, or just roof windows? If its the latter, search my thread on here for an extension. I got roof windows 1x2m from the uk at circa €1000 per piece. They come in triple glaze as standard, but I got quad glazed as they were on special for the same price as triple.


  • Registered Users Posts: 28 ✭✭✭ MossM


    I need both Velux style roof window and flat roof windows. Am down to Velux and Fakro but will have a look on your thread now thanks.


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 31,294 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Gumbo


    What are the conflicting views you are getting?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,530 ✭✭✭ Dudda


    I installed both Velux and Keylight rooflights in my house 6 months ago. I also researched Farko. What I found is:

    The passive certified Velux that 5 layers of glass needs it's own mortgage. The Fakro FTT U8 Thermo is a good compromise if you want top of the range thermal performance but can only afford a top up mortgage. Both were out of my budget.
    In general I found Fakro a tiny bit more expensive when comparing like to like with velux but I think that was a bit down to suppliers I was dealing with. I found the Keylight cheaper where I wanted electric opening but see potential electric issue below.
    Standard Velux and Keylight triple glazed have a u-value of 1.0 W/m²K however you can get sound reducing glass on Velux for a small additional cost that brings the u-value down to 0.8 W/m²K. This is what I went for in some areas to reduce heat loss.
    The Futuretherm on Keylight windows is a bit of a marketing gimic and a squirt of foam and proper airtightness tape after installation is a far better job.
    If you go for large rooflights then 'easy fit' isn't that useful as triple glazed are so heavy you need two people to lift them into place.
    If you're going for electronic then they all work ok as stand alone however if you want to connect them into a larger building management system (eg if the room gets warm or the CO2 level gets high then the rooflight opens automatically if it's not raining) then its very difficult to get a Keylight or Fakro control panel to connect with external items. Velux make their own control panel and therefore the technical department can help. Keylight and Fakro purchase an external control panel so you're on your own for support or guarantee.

    Roof windows are a bit like regular windows in that if you pay more you usually get better thermal performance and design so its a case of balancing whats right for your budget.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,034 ✭✭✭ goz83


    MossM wrote: »
    I need both Velux style roof window and flat roof windows. Am down to Velux and Fakro but will have a look on your thread now thanks.

    I just updated my thread a couple of hours ago.

    Anyway, I looked into velux and fakro. Fakro used to be great value but seem to be on par with velux now. I wanted a large opening window in my attic and I went with Okpol. They are a Polish brand and I only found them because someone on adverts was selling a brand new 1140x1400 one with flashing which I got for €250 delivered. Great quality window I have to say.

    The 1000x2000 roof windows I got for the extension were found on ebay. I bought 2 at first, but got another one after considering the benefits of the extra light. THEY ARE HEAVY and needed 4 people to lift them onto the roof. I ordered them with upstands.I looked at the price and they came in at around €900 a piece delivered. Different sizes up to 3000 wide/long are available and they also do ones that open with motors, but that increases the cost quite a bit. I can pm the company name if you need it.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 24 finnyj


    Hi Goz83, Any chance of sending on the eBay supplier please? Currently looking at prices and Ireland prices seem to be nearly twice the price of the Uk prices. Even taking into account delivery. Looking at flat roof windows and roof lanterns.. Thanks.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,034 ✭✭✭ goz83


    finnyj wrote: »
    Hi Goz83, Any chance of sending on the eBay supplier please? Currently looking at prices and Ireland prices seem to be nearly twice the price of the Uk prices. Even taking into account delivery. Looking at flat roof windows and roof lanterns.. Thanks.

    Pm sent


  • Registered Users Posts: 24 finnyj


    Thanks. Got it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 521 ✭✭✭ SC024


    Could I get the company name aswell? Please & thanks.
    goz83 wrote: »
    I just updated my thread a couple of hours ago.

    Anyway, I looked into velux and fakro. Fakro used to be great value but seem to be on par with velux now. I wanted a large opening window in my attic and I went with Okpol. They are a Polish brand and I only found them because someone on adverts was selling a brand new 1140x1400 one with flashing which I got for €250 delivered. Great quality window I have to say.

    The 1000x2000 roof windows I got for the extension were found on ebay. I bought 2 at first, but got another one after considering the benefits of the extra light. THEY ARE HEAVY and needed 4 people to lift them onto the roof. I ordered them with upstands.I looked at the price and they came in at around €900 a piece delivered. Different sizes up to 3000 wide/long are available and they also do ones that open with motors, but that increases the cost quite a bit. I can pm the company name if you need it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,034 ✭✭✭ goz83


    SC024 wrote: »
    Could I get the company name aswell? Please & thanks.

    Done.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1 Pauldesign


    Just what I have been looking for could I please get the company name? Thanks you.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1 Sdf986


    goz83 wrote: »
    Done.

    Hi Goz83, could I also get the company name? Thanks


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