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Media Coverage: October

November 2, 2018

In our latest monthly media coverage roundup, we highlight some of the top articles that have covered our rooflights in the trade and consumer press. Find out more below.

   

An article exploring the increasing popularity of flat roof extensions and the range of rooflights available for them.

Read it here: https://view.joomag.com/clearview-national-october-2018-issue-203/0154610001538145892?short

Are you considering buying a rooflight or roof lantern for your home? If you are, call Roof Maker on 0116 269 6297. Our rooflight experts will help you to choose the right solution for your needs. Alternatively, visit our showroom or get a quote online.

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Roof Maker nominated for two industry awards

October 30, 2018

British rooflight manufacturer, Roof Maker, is celebrating being nominated for two prestigious industry awards; the ‘Build It Awards’ and ‘Roofing Cladding and Insulation’s Pitched Roofing Awards’. Both nominations are a testament Roof Maker’s commitment to producing high quality, market leading products.

The ‘Build It Awards’ celebrate all aspects of self build and renovation, including completed projects, services and suppliers. The awards bring together architects, manufacturers and key industry figures to recognise the achievements of the self-build home sector.

With the awards growing in size and prestige every year, Roof Maker fought off tough competition to achieve a nomination for the ‘Best Roofing System or Product’ for its Passive House rooflights. Having already celebrated being awarded the Passive House standard earlier in the year, Roof Maker is delighted that as the first UK manufacturer to produce a Passive House solution it is now being further recognised by the industry.

This year Roofing Cladding and Insulation magazine launched the Pitched Roofing Awards which aim to raise the profile of pitched roofing and celebrate the outstanding workmanship and technical excellence of contractors, manufacturers and suppliers.

Roof Maker is honoured to be nominated alongside prestigious brands such as Velux and Coxdome, in the ‘Domestic Installation of a Rooflight’ category for it’s Luxlite™ pitched rooflight.

The judges were impressed with one particular installation which saw, Roof Maker’s technical team work closely with the homeowner to create a bespoke design to maximise the natural light without being obtrusive to the existing environment.

The award winners will be announced on the 9th November (Build it) and 30th November (PRA)

For more information on the nominees visit https://builditawards.co.uk/ or https://www.pitchedroofingawards.co.uk/.

Roof Maker is a world leader in the design, manufacture and supply of rooflights, developed to address the most demanding challenges faced by customers. Offering standard or bespoke sizes, Roof Maker, which has been delivering its premium glazed products since 2001, can help transform even the most unusual living or working spaces. At the forefront of engineering the most advanced technical and design specifications in the world, Roof Maker is a driving force in setting the criteria for value and high-standards. Passionate about its customers the company provides an unparalleled level of skilled advice to help customers choose the right rooflight for each individual project, all backed by the latest industry accreditations.

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Media Coverage: September

September 28, 2018

In our latest monthly media coverage roundup, we highlight some of the top articles that have covered our rooflights in the trade and consumer press. Find out more below.

 

An article exploring the latest flat rooflights that the trade should be installing to their customers extensions this autumn to really stand out from competitors.

Read it here: http://www.rcimag.co.uk/digitaledition/rci-sep-2018/page_71.html

 

 

Vanessa Howard of Roof Maker explores how taking a rigorously ecological approach to design can improve energy efficiency without compromising on aesthetics and individuality, focusing on rooflights.

Read it here: http://www.sbhonline.co.uk/news/attractive-options-for-energy-efficient-house-design/

 

 

When Worcester-based Architect Nick Carroll was approached to design a Passivhaus-inspired home that would be built on the very cliff face of the Malvern Hills, he knew it would be a once in a lifetime project for its owner Jonathan Flewers and his family. What’s even more extraordinary is

that the lot had never been viewed by the Flewers.

Read it here: http://www.i-buildmagazine.com/magazine/september-2018-edition (pages 16 – 20).

 

 

As designing to the Passivhaus standard continues to grow in popularity, not only for residential builds but also increasingly for commercial constructions, architect Nicolas Tye shares insights on the specific considerations a Passivhaus-accredited roof requires.

Read it here: http://www.buildingconstructiondesign.co.uk/news/roofing-elements-of-designing-to-passivhaus/

 

Are you considering buying a rooflight or roof lantern for your home? If you are, call Roof Maker on 0116 269 6297. Our rooflight experts will help you to choose the right solution for your needs. Alternatively, visit our showroom or get a quote online.

 

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Roof Maker’s Slimline roof lanterns are officially the slimmest in the UK

April 16, 2018

Leading British roof light manufacturer, Roof Maker, is celebrating after successfully being awarded a trademark for its range of SlimlineTM roof lanterns. The trademark reinforces the fact that the roof lanterns are the slimmest available on the UK market.

 

The innovative design of Roof Maker’s Slimline roof lantern combines sturdy, insulated construction with a clean, contemporary aesthetic. In addition to being the slimmest roof lanterns available, the glass unit seals are 80 per cent deeper than competitor’s products, significantly reducing the risk of condensation and increasing product life expectancy. This also enables Roof Maker to be the only manufacturer to offer a 20-year glass unit guarantee across all of its rooflights.

“We are delighted to have been awarded a trademark for our Slimline roof lantern,” commented Vanessa Howard, Chief Marketing Officer at Roof Maker. “We were the first manufacturer to bring a Slimline roof lantern to the market and have been selling them in greater numbers than any of our competitors for a number of years now. Whilst other brands may be using the term slimline, the successful trademark application proves that Roof Maker’s roof lanterns are officially the slimmest available in the UK and this is something we are very proud of as a business. It goes without saying that as a business Roof Maker will seek to protect this trademark at any opportunity. The successful trademark is also further proof of our commitment to continue to deliver market leading and innovative products to our customers, making sure we offer the very best solutions available.”

It is the innovative slim glazing bars and ultra thin aluminium-capped glazing joints that make Roof Maker’s Slimline roof lantern the slimmest available. Its 40-degree pitch also allows rainwater to flow off, eliminating the risk of unsightly dirt build up over time and the Reflex glazing will deliver a U-value as low as 0.7 w/m2k.

Roof Maker’s Slimline roof lanterns also feature a built-in insulated upstand, which is fully thermally broken with super-insulating Styrofoam. Conforming to all safety standards and building regulations, the units have also been thoroughly weather tested against BS 6375 Pt 1 to all safety standards and building regulations.

The clever modular design can be supplied in flat pack form for easy and safer lifting on to the roof, eliminating the need to hire a crane. Alternatively, a builder’s kerb can also be supplied for a really simple and fast installation.

To find out more about Roof Maker’s extensive range of rooflights and get a free quote, call our product experts on 0116 269 6297

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Introducing: The Roof Maker Passive House Flat Rooflight

March 22, 2018

Roof Maker’s new Passive House Flat Rooflight has set a new standard in energy efficiency, achieving the prestigious Passive House standard and accreditation from the Passivhaus Trust.

If you’re wondering what all this means and how it could benefit your property, read on.

What is Passive House?

Passive House is an aspirational standard of energy efficiency, designed to dramatically reduce a building’s ecological footprint.

The standard originated in Europe, back in 1988. Its name comes from the German term, Passivhaus. The first Passivhaus residences were built in Germany in 1990.

The Passive House standard

Achieving the Passive House standard is no mean feat. To do so, a product must pass rigorous testing and meet strict criteria.

Two of these criteria are that the building must:

  • Prevent heat loss, achieving a set limit on the amount of air that can leak out
  • Maintain a comfortable temperature, achieving set limits on its heating/cooling requirements

The importance of Passive House

Passive House standards:

  • Keep your energy bills to an absolute minimum
  • Reduce your CO2 emissions by reducing your use of fossil fuels
  • Help to counter the threat of climate change
  • Save our limited natural resources, giving us more time to find renewable alternatives

The cost of installing Passive House elements is generally outweighed by their energy saving potential.

Roof Maker is a world leader in green innovations

Since 2001, Roof Maker has been designing innovative, contemporary products that combine outstanding energy efficiency with timeless style.

To avert climate change, we understand the need to cut carbon emissions and conserve our precious natural resources. While UK Building Regulations have tightened to meet these ends, we have always strived to do better.

Through ongoing research and development we have created products that far exceed the requirements of the Building Regulations, offering superior insulation and significant energy savings.

Impressively the rooflight has achieved Passive House standard with a three-pane triple glazed unit, rather than the four or five panes you might expect. Keeping the number of panes to a minimum results in a lighter unit that transports easily and is quicker to fit.

Listening to our customers

At Roof Maker we work closely with our customers, using your feedback to continually research and develop better products.

When it comes to rooflights, you have told us you want:

  • To increase the natural light in your home
  • Classic designs that will suit your property — whether it’s old or new
  • Glass that is easy to keep clean
  • A manageable unit that is quick and easy to fit
  • A built-in upstand, prefabricated to the optimum angle
  • A durable product, guaranteed to last

But you don’t want:

  • Your heating bills to increase
  • Your rooflight to create a ‘greenhouse effect’ in hot weather
  • Chunky frames that collect dirt and obstruct the light flow
  • Sun damaged fabrics and furnishings

The Passive House Rooflight fulfils all these criteria.

Benefits of the Passive House Flat Rooflight

The Passive House Flat Rooflight:

  • Features a contemporary frameless design to let in more natural light
  • Offers exceptional insulation to prevent heat loss, draughts and condensation
  • Retains the warmth from your heating appliances in cold weather
  • Keeps your heating requirements and bills to a minimum
  • Has Solar Control to keep your room cool and comfortable in warm weather
  • Blocks harmful UV rays and prevents your furnishings and fabrics from fading
  • Has a self-cleaning coating, which reduces the need for manual cleaning
  • Is triple glazed for a lighter, more manageable unit that can be moved easily
  • Has a built-in upstand for quick and easy fitting
  • Carries an industry-leading 20-year unit seal warranty and a 10-year guarantee against frame discolouration, cracking and shape deterioration

Energy saving potential

Like many Roof Maker products, the Passive House Flat Rooflight is triple glazed as standard. The unit comprises three 6mm panes of glass, separated by argon-filled cavities.

Research has shown that replacing single glazed or old double glazed units with triple glazing can cut your energy bills by 50%, if your home is properly insulated.

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Roof Maker is a world leader in the design, manufacture and supply of high quality rooflights and bi-fold door systems — including the new Passive House Flat Rooflight.

Our premium glazed products are designed to transform your living space into a bright, comfortable and energy efficient space you will enjoy for many years to come.

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Installing Pitched Rooflights

March 11, 2018

The first thing you need to know when installing your rooflight is how flat your roof is. To do this, you need to measure the slope in the roof which is known as its pitch.

Rooflights need to be installed at an angle to encourage rain water to run off instead of pooling.

If water pools, it can cause dirt to collect on the rooflight which could also cause staining. That’s why our rooflights have an Easy Clean glass coating to discourage dirt from sticking.

There is also the risk of the membrane being damaged if any pooled water freezes.

It is therefore best to install your rooflight at an angle of at least five degrees.

Measuring your roof pitch

When measuring your roof pitch there are three types of measurements to make:

  • Run – the horizontal distance between the peak of the roof and the wall.
  • Rise – the height of the peak above the wall.
  • Span – the distance between the walls. It may be helpful to measure this too.

Measuring from the rafters

When there’s no roofing material to cause an uneven surface, measuring from the rafters should give you an accurate measurement.

You can measure the roof pitch from the rafter in the attic, or from the overhang of a rafter in the roof, or even from a barge rafter at the side of the gable.

To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Position one end of the carpenter’s level against the underside of the rafter, and adjust it until the bubble is centred between the two lines.
  2. Find the 12-inch/30cm mark on the carpenter’s level. If yours doesn’t have markings, use a tape measure to mark on where 12-inches is.
  3. Measure the vertical distance from the carpenter’s level to the rafter. When you measure the distance from the 12-inch/30cm mark to the underside of the rafter, make sure your carpenter’s level stays in position.
  4. Work out your roof pitch, which is the ratio of the rise to the run.

Measuring from the roof surface

You can also measure your roof pitch on the roof surface but you’ll need to make sure it’s safe to walk on and be careful not to injure yourself.

Once you’re safely on the roof, you’ll need to measure as follows:

  1. Place your carpenter’s level against the roof and adjust it until the bubble is between the two lines. If your roof is particularly bumpy, then try laying a flat board down so that you can get an accurate reading.
  2. Measure the vertical distance from the roof to level by holding the 0-mark of the tape measure against the roof and extending upwards, so it’s perpendicular to the carpenter’s level. Once the tape measure has reached the 12-inch/30cm mark, write down the vertical distance measurement.
  3. Work out the pitch slope, which is the rise over the run.

If you don’t have a calculator to hand, you can use a roof pitch calculator online instead.

How to install a flat rooflight

If your flat roof has been built with a pitch greater or equal to five degrees then you can proceed with a standard installation.

This video shows you how to create the right angle and install your rooflight too.

If you have further questions, one of our experts will be happy to advise you. Just call us on 0116 214 7151.

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