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Posted on June 5, 2016

Optilight Roof Window & Fakro Loft Ladder Installation

This week, we are installing an Optilight Roof Window and a Fakro Loft Ladder in one home. We undertook the installation at the same time but for this article we will show the jobs separately.

The Optilight Roof Window has been part of our range for a number of years, this brand provides a great option for natural daylight at a lower cost. The Loft Ladder was fully integrated with a frame and insulated hatch door.

We will demonstrate the Loft Ladder installation first:



Here is the current loft hatch.  We have to enlarge it slightly:


After the opening is enlarged and lined correctly, we then bring the new timber loft ladder up to fix into place:


Now that the timber loft ladder is fixed into place, we apply architrave to provide a neat finish:



All done, we have a lovely finish and new timber loft ladder installed



Now we get onto the roof window, we start by cutting a pilot hole, we then take accurate measurements and carefully cut out the plasterboard and remove the roof tiles:



We then head downstairs to collect the Optilight Roof Window


Once the Roof Window is ready, we swiftly remove the roof battens


We then build a lining frame for the roof window and install the Optilight Roof Window.




Posted on March 2, 2015

Installation of a Velux Solar Skylight

Location – Sutton, Surrey

This week we are visiting a stunning home in Sutton, Surrey to install two large Velux Solar Skylights.  There are no skylights at present, therefore we are undertaking a completely new installation at this time.

Velux Solar Skylights are a brilliant way to operate your skylight when situated in out of reach positions.  Being solar powered, the window eliminates the need for any wiring and it works beautifully.

The Velux Solar Skylights are completely controlled by this stunning touch pad…


Enough jaw opening moments at the technology, lets get to work…


This is where the two Velux solar skylights are going to go.   A bit high up isn’t it?


Oh a tower! that’s better!

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We commence works on creating the opening for the Velux windows.


Once the hole is made, we then start removing the tiles from the inside.


A quick glance of progress from the outside as our fitter removes the roof tiles.


Once the tiles are removed, we then line the opening with timber, ready to fit the frame of the first Velux solar skylight.

Once the opening is ready, we go outside and get the Velux window un-boxed and ready for installation.

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We remove the window sash from its frame, ready for fitting.


We then install the frame into the pre-formed opening.


That is the first Velux almost complete, now that we have installed the frame, we repeated the process for the second Velux, see images below…

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Once both frames are in place, we then tile up around both windows and affix the solar panel on the outside of the Velux.

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Excellent, all done, nicely installed.


We then have a quick look at them in action.


If you wish to have roof windows fitted, Velux or otherwise, be sure to contact us on 020 8551 5800, we would be delighted to help.

Posted on October 22, 2014

Location – Chingford, London

Hello from East London.   This week we are in a rather large house converted into stunning flats.  The top floor flat has two very old roof window skylights in place.  The sizes that were there, were 1340 x 1400 and 780 x 1400.  Our job was to replace them with Velux skylights.  the equivalent Velux skylights were GGL UK08 3050 (1340 x 1400) and GGL MK08 3050 (780 x 1400).

Lets get to work…

So our first job was to remove the roof window sashes (the glass part).

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Here is the sash of the bigger roof window removed


After the sashes are removed, we have to remove the frames of the roof windows to enable us to install the frames of the new Velux skylights.  Here is an image of the smaller frame removed


With the old roof windows completely removed, it is time to install the new Velux skylights.


Mr Fitter hard at work, fixing the new frame into place.

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The all new frames of the Velux skylights are now in place and ready. The sashes need to be put in.  We also have blinds to install too.


This is the sash of the smaller Velux skylight (GGL MK08 3050).  All ready to be installed.

Time to put the sashes into place and fit the blinds…


That is the bigger window done.   The GGL UK08 3050.  Time to fit the blind to the smaller window, the GGL MK08 3050.

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All done.  They look lovely.

Do you have an old roof window which is in need of a replacement? Do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8551 5800 or checkout our range here

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 February 3, 2014

Location – Kew, Surrey

Project – Velux Skylight Replacement

Hello from beautiful Surrey, this week we are paying a visit to a loft conversion done many years ago & has very old Velux skylights installed.  The glass has blown and the wood starting to rot.  We were called in to replace these with white Velux windows.  The current blackout blinds were also broken and would not open so this valued customer also wanted new Velux DKL blackout blinds installed.

Here is the current state of affairs:


We set to work removing the Velux window sashes.  We start off by removing the sash from the larger Velux window.


Once the sash is removed, we start removing the frame


After the frame is removed, we then move over to the other window, the top hung fire escape Velux and start to remove the sash.

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After the sash is removed.  We then start to remove the frame.

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We then get the Velux skylight replacements ready for installation

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We first take the smaller window frame upstairs and start to install it.

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A quick moment to show off our latest fashion in the Loft Shop range.

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After the fashion show, we start to install the larger Velux skylight replacement.



All done and securely in place.  We now add some final touches around the edges of the window to make it look nice.

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In go the sashes…

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Excellent, they look great!


Time to fit the blinds, larger window first…

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Good job, now the top hung window…

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Excellent job Mr Fitter.  Let’s have a quick look at the windows with the blackout blinds closed.


Superb, and one final look before we say thank you for all the tea and head home


We are happy to undertake VELUX roof window replacements, re-glazing and repair work, contact us on 020 8551 5800 for any queries.  We are also VELUX registered 5* installers.


Posted on September 16, 2013

Location – East Barnet, Hertfordshire

Today we have two jobs to do in this one loft.  We will be replacing two big VELUX skylights, they are VELUX S06 size which is 1140 x 1180.  These windows were damaged, worse for wear and glazing broken, they are in desperate need of replacement.

The current VELUX skylights are timber and the customer wanted them replaced with white windows.

The second job in this loft was to open up the hallway to light.  It was a very dark hallway, so we are going to create a hole in the roof and put in a white VELUX skylight C04 which is 550 x 980.

Let’s get to work…


This is job one, to replace these two VELUX skylights, as you can see from the images, they are in desperate need of replacement.


This is job two, its a dark hallway and really needs some light coming in over the staircase.


We started by removing the sashes from the frames of the old roof windows.


We then started to create the hole for the new roof window.

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We removed the tiles from the outside to be able to install the new VELUX skylight.


We then removed the frames of the old VELUX skylights.



Now both openings are ready to install the three new VELUX skylights.

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We get the two replacements windows ready…


We then get the new window ready…

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We then start to install all three roof windows.

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The new C04 (550 x 980) white VELUX skylight is now installed…

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So much more light is coming into that hallway now, it looks great.  Now let’s finish off the replacement skylights…

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Wow, they look a million dollars! great job.  If you have an old VELUX skylight which needs replacing, please click here and fill out the form or call us on 020 8551 5800 for more information.

Posted on September 9, 2013

Location – Chelsea, London

Good morning from the beauty of Chelsea and the embankment in London.  It truly is stunning here, lovely views over the river thames.

Today we had to replace an old VELUX skylight.  The hinges had broken and the skylight in general was worse for wear.  In step the loft shop fitting team to replace it.

Commence operation VELUX skylight swap over…


This was the old VELUX skylight.  You will notice that it’s white, this is because they have painted the window white.  As the customer preferred white, instead of fitting a timber one and letting them have to go through the hassle of re-painting, we obtained a white VELUX skylight for them.

Here is a closer look at the hinge, it was literally hanging off the VELUX skylight…


So, we removed the window sash from the frame…


We then removed the VELUX skylight frame and disposed of it.  We readied the opening and then got the new window ready for installation.

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We then took the new white VELUX skylight frame upstairs and installed it into the opening


Seems like we have been greeted by another furry friend who wanted to play ball…


Ok 5 minutes then we have to get on with our work…

45 minutes of ball throwing and catching later, we got back to work and installed the VELUX skylight.  We managed to also save the old blind that was in place and fitted that too, the finished article…


Do you have an old VELUX skylight which needs replacing? please call us on 020 8551 5800 or click here and fill out the form, we would be happy to help.

Posted on May 16, 2013

Location – Ilford, Essex

Hello from sunny Essex.  Today we are in Ilford.  This valued customer already has a Velux skylight installed in their bathroom, it was fitted many years ago.

We have been asked to come in a fit another Velux skylight alongside the one already in place to add extra light into the bathroom.

Lets have a look at the current situation.

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As you can see, there is a Velux skylight already in place.  Our job is to fit the new Velux skylight alongside the current one.  We have been asked to ensure the skylight is half over the bath tub.

Here is a quick image of the current Velux skylight in place.


Our first job is to measure out the plasterboard so we don’t cut too much away.  Once that is done, we commence “operation cut the plasterboard”.

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While the fitter is cutting away the plasterboard, lets have a look at the outside, at where the new skylight we be placed.


This is the view from the outside.  Soon there will be a nice, well installed Velux skylight next to the current one.

Let’s pop back upstairs and see how the fitter is getting on…


Wow, you don’t waste any time do you Mr Fitter?

Now, let’s remove the tiles…

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Once tiles are removed, we commence making the sure opening is all lined up, and secure before we install the velux window



Oh nice pencil Mr Fitter, where did you get it?


Opening made! time to get the window ready…

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Window all prepared, time to install onto the roof…

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Installed, time to tile up around the window…


Fantastic! all done, time to fit the Velux DKL blackout blind

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Looks great.  Lets have a look from the outside.


Well installed!

If you would like a Velux or alternative roof window installed, please do not hesitate to contact us, check out our range here.

Posted on May 7, 2013

Location – Wanstead, London

Good morning from a gloriously sunny East London.  Today we are replacing another old Velux skylight.  This was a rather large skylight, 940 mm wide and 1600 mm in height (Velux P10 window).

The old Velux skylight was timber and was starting to rot.  We are going to replace this one with a white one.  We are also going to fit a new blackout blind.

Time to get to work…

Here is the current Velux skylight

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It’s time to remove this Velux skylight.

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The sash is removed and the old frame has been taken out.  Lets have a look at the old frame


As you can see, its old and rotting.  Now its all removed, we prepare the opening for the new Velux skylight.


Opening all prepared and ready.  Time to get the new white Velux skylight out of the box and up to the loft.

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Ok time to install the new skylight frame into the opening.

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Looking really good Mr Fitter! What do we have to do next?  We had to put the window sash into place.

Lets step back and have a quick look, how does it look?


Great looks good.  Ok now all in place, let’s get the Velux blackout blind ready.


Ok all the parts are ready and time to install.

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That looks good, lets see how effective it is, close it fully Mr Fitter…


…complete blackout! Looks great…

Our work here is done, one last look before we go…


…and one last look on the outside to check the skylight is fitted neatly…


Neat and tidy, good job.  Does your velux roof window need replacing? if so, we can help, please click here to check out our range.

Posted on April 2, 2013

Location – Whitechapel, London

This week we were back down to the estate in Whitechapel to replace another two VELUX roof windows.  These roof windows were in serious need of replacing.

Todays roof windows are 780 x 1400 in size.

Lets get to work…

Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of the state they were in before we came to the rescue.

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You can see from these images the urgency needed to change the VELUX roof windows.  This poor customer was sleeping in a room full of draft, not good for their health.  We will put it right.

First we set out removing the old VELUX roof windows.


We then set out placing the new ones into position.

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Great work mr fitter! lets take the camera outside and have a look at the roof windows from the outside.

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Looks really neat! and draft proof!

Back to the inside as we put a nice timber piece in the middle of the two windows to give a lovely effect.


Mr fitter, this is a bedroom.  Didn’t the customer also ask for blinds? it may be draft proof but they need to be able to sleep too… no problem!

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Fantastic, lets see how it came out.


Really good job! is your old roof window in need of replacing? we can help, please click here to check out our range, we have something to suit most budgets.