For Nigel Leivers, Sales Director at Frame Fast (UK) Ltd, the Skypod® skylight is the answer to creating a dream home extension. “There is a growing sector of homeowners who are choosing to have a traditional brick-built extension, but make use of extensive glazing areas, including skylights, to create a design-led and airy aesthetic. The problem that many of them find is that aluminium skylights offer the clean aesthetics they are looking for, but the price tag is too hefty. On the other hand, the PVC-U alternatives have an attractive price, but the aesthetics let them down. The Skypod® offers aluminium aesthetics at a PVC-U price, making it the perfect solution.”
The attractiveness of the Skypod® increases still further thanks to its thermal efficiency. It can achieve a U value of just 1.0, which, as Nigel says, means homeowners need never experience the problem of a room that’s too hot in summer or too cold in winter. “As many conservatory owners know, the dream of a light-filled year-round room doesn’t always match up to reality. The U value of the Skypod® means that north-facing extensions won’t be too cold and south-facing extensions won’t be too hot.”
The interior frame is White as standard to maximise the light entering the space, while external frame colours are White, Rosewood, Golden Oak, Anthracite Grey and Moondust so the homeowner can choose the colour that suits the rest of the frames in the house. There is also a choice of blue, neutral, bronze and clear glass. It is available in two sizes, which means it can be used in both small and large spaces. The two-bar pitched gable design is suitable for openings of up to 1.5m x 6.5m, while the three-bar pitched gable design is suitable for openings up to 2.75m x 7.75m.
The Skypod® has been designed for flat-roofed extensions, orangeries, new builds, kitchen-diners and garage conversions and since its launch earlier this year has proved a useful addition to many installers’ portfolios. It is being manufactured in Frame Fast’s 30,000 square foot factory in Derby, giving the reassurance of attention to detail and exceptional quality. It comes with a ten year guarantee and is simple to install, giving it all the benefits of a value-added product with none of the associated difficulties.
Nigel says, “The Skypod® is one of those products that blazes a trail by solving an age-old problem. We’re delighted to be manufacturing it and delighted to hear the feedback from our customers telling us how the market is welcoming it.”