Established in 1991, Polish manufacturer Fakro have become one of the most innovative and reliable Roof Window manufacturers in the world with 16 separate dedicated distributors across. North America, Europe, Russia and China.
Despite being one of the largest manufacturers of Roof Windows internationally, Fakro champion their heritage promoting cultural development amidst fast growth and a competitive market. The stiff competition at the forefront of the growing industry has forced each manufacturer to strive for relevance, offering a range of high-quality products that showcase exciting features demanded by the modern homeowner.
Fakro’s Research and Development centre has over 160 patent applications and are responsible for the original design of the Preselect Window. The Preselect, arguably the company’s flagship model, demonstrates Fakro’s ingenuity seamlessly operating as both a centre pivot and a top hung frame removing the necessity for the homeowner to compromise on the ingress of light or functional space in a given room. The opening mechanism of the Preselect conjures an almost illusory quality and has become synonymous with the company name amongst tradesmen but Fakro offer several other ranges that each include unique features developed with the same care and enthusiasm for design and modern living.
Unlike its competitors, Fakro windows feature the operating handle at the base of the window for accessibility and ease of use. This feature also allows the window to be positioned higher in the roofline enabling a greater spread of natural daylight. Close-grained redwood ensures an aesthetically pleasing finish and is guaranteed to be knot-free on all visible surfaces.
The V40P Automatic Ventilation System is designed to mediate airflow in and out of a roof space. Ventilation is paramount here to avoid moisture damage and the subsequent costly repairs. The V40P can be operated autonomously, independently of the sash.
Windows marked with the Topsafe seal feature unique reinforced elements in the handle, keep-plate and hinges in addition to a reinforced frame, rendering the removal of the frame and break-in impossible without critical damage to the roof itself.
The reliability of each unit despite repetitive use is tested rigorously. Fakro windows feature a sash guiding system providing not only protection of the end grain on the sash joints but also a secure seal on every close. This system is integral to the functionality and success of the Preselect range. Condensation channels built into the frame in the early stages of manufacture help to prevent the long-term damage caused by standing water and moisture. In addition to this, each timber frame is fully finished – an eco-friendly polyurethane lacquer is applied (even to non-visible components) to protect the surface and requires minimal aftercare.
Fakro boasts some of the most competitive energy saving statistics against their product range with the treatment of the glass and choice of glazing elements in each model staying at the core of the manufacturer’s values. Each glazed unit utilizes noble gasses to prolong its life and function. Additionally, many roof windows use metallic spacers to separate panes and these can encourage condensation to form by causing a cold ‘bridge’ in the cavity between them. Fakro uses only ‘warm’ spacers in order to ensure that this otherwise common problem does not arise.
A universal bracket fixing system allows for a greater choice in the positioning of the window. No fuss L-Shaped brackets are fitted to the side of the window and directly to the rafters with a choice of three fitting depths to suit most roof coverings.
Fakro products come with a comprehensive Manufacturers Guarantee. Whether buying pine, PU-coated pine or PVC, FAKRO offer a 10-year warranty for windows and a 20-year warranty on glazing units. A no quibble lifetime warranty is also offered against damage by hailstones.
FAKRO & Our Environment
Roof windows produced with irresponsibly sourced timber can destroy forests, endangering the habitats of wildlife and contributing to harmful levels of CO2. Fakro have a strict policy of only producing roof windows using responsible and well-managed sources.
Infact FAKRO have had a robust ecological and sustainable ethos from the beginning. Using timber sourced only from forests that operate with a stern management system see that the amount of trees grown is far greater than those felled. FAKRO have acquired an FSC Certification which confirms that the material is harvested under a strict replenishment and a planned forestry management programme.
The impressive list of benefits to using Fakro windows is testament to a company aware of the market and passionate about the transformation of modern living. The demand for the high-end manufacture of exciting products –that are nonetheless responsibly sourced and supplied – can seem like a tall order, but one that Fakro succeeds in diligently and resourcefully, ensuring their long-term place in this rapidly growing market.