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RCI JULY 2014

ROOFLIGHTS & ROOF VENTS RCIMAG.COM JULY 2014 061 Zink Copper Stainless Keylite has unveiled its latest range of Futuretherm roof windows, featuring new developments designed to address the needs of installers.Marketed under the banner “Fit Faster, Fit Lower, Fit Warmer”, Futuretherm offers several additions to Keylite’s previous offering and tackles a wide variety of installation pitfalls. John Duffin, Keylite’s managing director, said: “With the new Futuretherm window, we have packed loads into it. We re-vamped the whole window.” The product’s fit faster approach is led by the fact that Flick-Fit Brackets come pre-fitted to the window and speed up installation. Adjustable for either slate or tiles roofs, the brackets allow the window to be installed from inside the room. Futuretherm also features a spring-loaded sash finger instead of the hinges on other windows that spring loosely and slow down installation. The range also includes a new Click-Fit Hood, as well as Cover Flashings that require half the amount of screws as before. The company has also developed a unique new innovation to tackle the ‘Fit Warmer’ aim of Futuretherm in the form of the product’s Integrated Thermal Collar. Under current regulations, every roof window installation requires a minimum 20mm gap to be left around the perimeter of the window frame – a space that is usually left un-insulated. The new collar tackles this issue by expanding from a compressed 8mm strip to fill up to a 40mm space, providing a barrier against heat loss and the effects of cold bridging. John commented: “We have made a window specifically for the British market. The regulations are now all turning towards fabric first, which means it’s not just about making a thermally efficient product; it’s about how you integrate that into the building.” Last year, Keylite sold almost 90,000 windows, but less than 400 thermal collars which were then sold separately, suggesting that many windows have gone uninsulated. The collar comes as standard, meaning that it has to be installed and cannot be thrown away. Futuretherm also uses Warm Edge Glazing to provide protection against condensation, and reduce the risk of cold bridging. The additions also give merchants a better product to sell, as Keylite is very aware of the importance of the merchant sector. As John pointed out: “It’s not just about putting stock in the merchants and walking away, you have to make it easy to sell. “We have developed a package which is highly attractive to our merchants’ customers. All of our new window’s features are included as standard, so Futuretherm windows are excellent value for money and the concept is easy to explain at the trade counter.” To further help builders merchants, Keylite has also developed an online selling initiative to benefit its customers. Launched in July 2013, the website directly channels orders through to local builders’ merchant branches. The site also includes a Click ‘N’ Collect option to encourage consumers to head into stores for collection, giving merchants an opportunity to take advantage of the knowledge of an ongoing project and sell additional products. With all of these new aspects combined, Keylite is confident that the launch of its new Futuretherm range will drive a major surge in sales in 2014. www.keyliteroofwindows.com Innovation from Keylite with Futuretherm Futuretherm fits roughly 12.5mm lower in the roof than previous Keylite windows Keylite’s Integrated Thermal Collar is pre-fitted and expands to fill the gap between the window frame and the roof 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk


RCI JULY 2014
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