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Posted on September 21, 2015

Fakro Roof Window Installation

Location – Enfield, Middlesex

Hello from Enfield in Middlesex / North London. This week we are installing a Fakro roof window.

Fakro are a very innovative manufacturer of roof window.  With very high specification components.


The Fakro topSafe system is a unique system only available on the Fakro roof window, making it the safest roof window on the market.


This customer already had a roof window in their loft and they wanted another one to sit alongside it.

We get straight to work marking where we will cut out the plasterboard.

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We then start cutting the opening for the Fakro roof window

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Now that the opening has been created and prepared, we have to get the Fakro roof window frame ready…

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We apply the brackets to the frame.  This will allow us to fix the window to the roof.  Once the window has been fixed to the roof, we have to apply the flashing kit.  The flashing kit stop the rain water from coming into the loft.

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Here is the new roof window fixed to the roof.

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The roof window is now ready for the sash…

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The new Fakro roof window has now been installed, here is an internal and external image…

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If you would like a Fakro roof window installed then please call us on 020 8551 5800 or fill out our form below

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Posted on August 24, 2015

Fakro Loft Ladder Installation

Location – Forest Hill, London

Hello from Forest Hill in south east London. This week we are installing a Fakro loft ladder. These loft ladders are ideal for those who want more frequent access to their loft space. Maybe you wish to have an office or workshop in the loft?

The Fakro LWK timber loft ladder comes complete with hatch and frame and is completely insulated, therefore there is no need to worry about any draughts.

We have been bought into this job to create a brand new opening in a different location, then install the new loft ladder.

We get straight to work…


First we clear the area, to create space for the Fakro loft ladder.

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We then start creating the new opening for the loft ladder.


While the fitter creates the new opening, we pop down to the van to unpack the new Fakro timber loft ladder.


Meanwhile in the loft, the fitter is lining the opening with new timber.


Once the opening is lined, we start removing the plasterboard.  Carefully…


Beautiful job! the opening is made. We now need to install the new Fakro loft ladder.

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Mr Fitter takes the Fakro loft ladder into the loft space.  He then ensures its straight and well installed.

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We then apply the architrave to give the loft ladder a lovely finish.


A lovely job done.  If you wish to have a timber loft ladder installed, please contact us on 020 8551 5800, we would be happy to assist you.


Posted on June 22, 2015

Timber Loft Ladder Installation

Location – Tottenham, London

Hello from Tottenham in north London. This week we are installing a timber folding loft ladder. These loft ladders are ideal for those who want more frequent access to their loft space.

This loft ladder comes complete with hatch and frame and is completely insulated, therefore there is no need to worry about any draughts.

We get straight to work…

Firstly, we set out enlarging the current hatch opening.


We then line the new extended loft hatch.

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The new loft hatch is lined correctly, we now have to remove the ceiling plasterboard…

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We have now lined the new loft hatch and extended the opening. It is now time to get the timber loft ladder ready for installation…


We then unpack the loft ladder

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Here is the hatch we made earlier, the timber loft ladder will fit nicely into this opening.


3, 2, 1 LIFT…! and the timber loft ladder is in place…

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We now have to secure the timber loft ladder hatch frame into place.

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The new loft ladder is now securely in place and nearly ready to use.  Just a few more jobs to undertake.

The next job is to ensure that the new loft ladder is correctly adjusted, the fitter gets straight onto this…

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With the product now fully adjusted, we need to ensure the ladder section is cut down to size

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Fantastic job, the ladder is securely in place, the ladder section is nice and straight.  We now need to pop out to the van and get some architrave…


With the architrave in hand, we start work on applying it around the loft hatch.

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Beautiful..! it looks great…


If you would like a timber loft ladder supplied and installed, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8551 5800.

Posted on January 15, 2015

Location – Forest Hill, London

This week, this valued customer wanted us to fit a wooden loft ladder along with a roof window to allow natural daylight into his loft space.  Both products were from a manufacturer called Fakro.  They make very high quality roof windows and loft ladders.

The wooden loft ladder would require a new opening to be made in the ceiling, no problem… lets get to work.

All products in van ready to go..


This is where the loft ladder is going to be fitted, image of hall way and inside loft.

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This is where the Fakro roof window will go.


We will show you the roof window fitting first, then scroll down to see the loft ladder fitting.

So we get to work fitting the Fakro roof window…

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As you can see, the opening for the Fakro skylight is now ready for window frame to be installed.


We hop down to the van and get the Fakro skylight.  We un-package it and install it into the preformed opening.


Now the window is installed, we have to put the flashing kit around the window and tile it up on the outside.

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All done, now we need to install the roof window sash to finish the job.

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Brilliant, all done.  Fakro skylight fully installed


Now onto the timber loft ladder…


We clear the area where the loft ladder will go.  Then we cut the timber joist.


We then re line the opening to form the frame for the loft ladder and remove the laths.

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Now that the frame is made, we then cut the plasterboard ceiling to form the opening for the loft ladder.

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Another visit to the van to get the loft ladder…


We then install the loft ladder into the preformed opening.

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Now the ladder is installed, we finish it off underneath with architrave.

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All done, lets have a look at the ladder all fitted…


Fakro timber folding loft ladder and roof window installed.  If you would like a roof window or loft ladder installed please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8551 5800




Posted on May 22, 2014

Location – Benfleet, Essex

This week we are in sunny Essex.  We are fitting the brilliant piston assisted loft ladder.  This wooden loft ladder has a unique piston arm which allows for smooth operation.  It comes with a double extended handrail for added safety and extra strong springs to close the hatch door.

Our job here was to remove an old loft ladder and replace it with this wooden loft ladder.  We get to work…

Here is the current loft hatch.


We open up the hatch to checkout the current loft ladder.

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We set out removing the current loft ladder from the hatch.


After the loft ladder is removed, we than have to remove the hatch frame.

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We also remove the hatch door from the current frame.


We than remove the old frame and make sure the opening is ready for the new wooden loft ladder.


Once the opening is ready, we then get the new wooden loft ladder out of the van.

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It is now time to put the new wooden loft ladder into place.  Lift!!!


Phew! that was heavy! We now have to secure the wooden loft ladder into place

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Now that the loft ladder is secured into place, we have to cut the ladder section down to size…

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We close up the ladder and have one final check that the hatch and frame is all level.


It is now nicely secured into place.  Let’s make is look nice with architrave…

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Looks fantastic!

We now test the new loft ladder…

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Great job! if you would like a timber loft ladder installed, please call us on 020 8551 5800 to book in your survey.  Prices start from only £399 supplied and installed.

Posted on March 5, 2014

Location – Basildon, Essex

This week we are visiting a home which had a large (very large) skylight in their kitchen.  It must have been there since the house was built.  The skylight was just several sheets of glass encased in lead.  We would have to remove the sheets of glass (carefully) and bring in the frame slightly.  The reason for this is because no roof window on the market had a product which was the exact size.  Fakro roof windows however had a product which was very close, there would be a little bit of frame work to do but nothing that can not be made “pretty” afterwards with a bit of plasterboard.

We get to work…


Here is the current product, the glass has blown and it is leaking and being in the kitchen, you can imagine, this is not pleasant for the home owners.


We then very carefully remove the glass, we had to be slow and careful as they were big sheets of glass.


We then prepare the opening for the Fakro roof window.


After the opening was prepared for the Fakro roof window, we then get the frame ready.

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The frame is now ready to install the Fakro roof windows.


We then commence work on installing the Fakro roof windows.  You can see these are quite large.


The Fakro roof windows are now in place, now its time to put the window sashes into place.


All done and fitted, one skylight replaced with two lovely Fakro roof windows.  All that is needed now is a little cosmetic work (plasterboard and plastering)

Do you have an old roof window? Velux or otherwise? do you have an old skylight which needs replacing? Let us quote, call us on 020 8551 5800.

Posted on September 23, 2013

Location – Wembley, London

This week we travel to north west London just under the arch of Wembley football stadium. This valued customer wanted us to enlarge his loft hatch and install a lovely timber loft ladder there.  We are happy to oblige.

Time to get to work…

This is the current loft hatch, small and not easily accessible, not really practical to use.

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We set out climbing into the loft to locate the hatch from above and start preparations for the installation of a timber loft ladder.

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We have to now clear the area of all the dust and anything in the way.  It is important to clear the dust as we do not want that dust going downstairs when we enlarge the opening.


Area now nice and clear.  We now start work on enlarging the opening to fit the timber loft ladder in place.

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As you can see the opening is now nicely lined and securely screwed into place.  We now have to cut the opening to suit the size of the timber loft ladder.

We set out doing this carefully.


Superb work! let’s see what it looks like from underneath…


Massive difference.  The timber loft ladder will fit in there beautifully.  Final adjustments now to make on the opening before we install the timber loft ladder.


All ready… let’s fit the loft ladder…


Ladder ready and waiting for installation.  We just need to get it up into the loft now…


up she comes!


Ok its up, time to fit into place.


Lovely job, now we need to secure the loft ladder into place.

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All secure, we now cut the loft ladder down to size


Finished… a lovely new timber loft ladder and enlarged opening.


If you would like a timber loft ladder fitted into your loft, please click here and fill out the form, we will then contact you to arrange a survey.

Posted on September 2, 2013

Location – Borehamwood, Hertfordshire

This week, we are in leafy Hertfordshire.  This valued customer had a hole in the ceiling already and asked us to come in and trim the hole to size and install a new timber loft ladder.  Our timber loft ladder comes complete with their own insulated hatch door and frame.

Let’s get to work…


This is the hole that was there already.  We set to work trimming the opening to size.

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The opening is now trimmed to size for the new timber loft ladder.  Lets have a look at the hatch opening.

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It is now time to prepare the new timber loft ladder for installation.

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As you can see from the above images, the timber loft ladder comes complete with fully insulated hatch door and frame.  We prepare the loft ladder for installation.


Ah we have made a furry friend…


How are you sleeping with all our drilling?

ok back to work…


Hatch is ready for the timber loft ladder, bring it up Mr Fitter!

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Superb, now time to install the timber loft ladder into the hatch opening…

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Excellent, the timber loft ladder is in place, we now have to make the relevant adjustments to it.


Now we need to trim the ladder section down to size so its nicely angled to walk up and down.

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All done, time for a small demonstration by the fitter…

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Great job! looks good.  If you would like a timber loft ladder installed, please click here and fill out the form or call us on 020 8551 5800.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Posted on April 10, 2013

Location – Highams Park, London

This week, we were in East London to create a new opening in a more suitable location for this valued customer to have their timber loft ladder installed.

Timber loft ladders come complete with their own insulated hatch and frame so are ideal solutions to keep draft out.  Timber loft ladders are also very robust so ideal for often use.

This week we are installing a timber loft ladder with a hatch size of 1300 mm in length and 600 mm in width.

Lets get to work making a new hole!


This is where the new hole is going to be cut.  Lets get the dust sheets down!


Dust sheets down, we got to keep it clean!


It is now time to start creating the new opening for the timber loft ladder.

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New opening made (don’t worry about the jagged edges, this will all pan out).

It’s time to get the timber loft ladder ready to fit into place.

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Timber loft ladder ready.  Time to install into the newly formed opening.

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Timber loft ladder in place and secured.  Now we have to ensure the bottom of the ladder hits the floor nicely, so we have to cut the ladder to size.

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Excellent, all nice and level.  Lets have a look at what it looks like from above (just because its fun to climb up and down).

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Fantastic! looks great, now what about those edges? we need to finish the timber ladder off nicely.

“Don’t worry” the fitter says…

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Okay fair enough, that looks great.

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Awesome, and who would have thought, 4 hours ago that was just a ceiling with no good access to the loft space.  Great job!

If you would like to book in a survey to have a timber loft ladder installed, click here to fill out the form and we will call you to discuss a suitable date.

Posted on March 11, 2013

Location – Croydon, Surrey

This week we were blessed with lovely weather.  Perfect for fitting a roof window.  In fact today we are replacing an existing roof window.  The current roof window was very worse for wear and of such an age that we didn’t even know what make it was (I know we are shocked too!).

Time to get to work.

We started by removing the sash, this was tricky as it was sealed shut, you can see from the images how bad a state the window was in.
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We managed to release the sash from its seal and remove it from the frame.

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It was then time to move the tiles out the way and remove the frame from the roof.

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Fantastic and neatly done too.  Time to get the new Fakro roof window out the van and ready to install onto the roof.

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Once we removed the sash from the frame, we install the new Fakro roof window frame onto the roof.

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Looking good! looking good! Now we have to install the flashing kit around the Fakro roof window (the flashing kit is what keeps the water out).

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All done and ready to put in the Fakro roof window sash.


It’s in and looks great.  Good job!

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If you are interested in having a Fakro or alternative roof window fitted, then please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8551 5800 or visit our showroom.