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Roof Lanterns Made the Way They Should Be

10 May, 2022

When our experienced team set out to design a brand-new contemporary aluminium roof lantern, they knew it had to be better than the best already out there in the market in order to make an impact. With the launch of Xenlite, we are confident they have achieved that.

Strong, slim, safe, and competitively priced, Xenlite gives installers everything they need in terms of sales appeal for homeowners and developers and incorporates lots of clever design and engineering features which make it safer, simpler, and quicker to install, with no worries about callbacks.

When it comes to sightlines, Xenlite is amongst the slimmest lanterns on the market with a 38mm frame, but there are no compromises being made on strength or performance. With thermally broken hip beams, it meets the requirements of the new Part L which comes into force in June, and it has been designed with high performance seals to ensure optimum air and weather performance.

What really sets Xenlite apart though is the ease of installation. It has been designed so that the glazing clicks into the flange on one side of the ring beam as soon as it is placed into position, with no danger of the glass slipping while the other three sides are secured. A pressure plate with integrated cover caps then makes it easy for one person to clip in the glazing all the way round so there is no need to reach across or around the roof to screw in the fixings. Neat, fast-fit end caps are simply screwed on to complete the installation.

The lantern comes with a fixed 25° pitch regardless of size so there is never any obstruction to the outlook from the floor above. This ensures that it fits perfectly into the mainstream home extension and orangery market and gives customers already fitting aluminium bifolds, sliders or windows an exciting opportunity to upsell.

Xenlite is the first brand new product to be launched by AluFold Direct since Managing Director Russell Yates joined our team from AluK. Russell led the design team responsible for all of AluK’s most familiar products, including the iconic BSF70 bifold, and he has ensured that the new lantern is just as fitter and fabricator friendly.

Russell said: “Xenlite is made the way that we believe roof lanterns should be and addresses all the things that installers told us they don’t like about the competition. Everything, from the four-sided glass retention to the profile-shaped cover caps, has been designed to suit the needs of the installer. It’s not just about making the product easy to fit, it’s about protecting installer margins by minimising time on site and eliminating costly call backs.”

Xenlite is supplied in kit form, with standard stock sizes available on a fast 5-day lead time and bespoke sizes available to order in around 2 weeks. It is being manufactured on a dedicated assembly line at our state of the art, highly automated factory in Blackburn using brand new machinery which delivers a consistent, precision output every single time.

For installers who already buy bifolds or sliders from us, it represents a great opportunity to source more of their aluminium products from one proven supplier. Russell Yates added: “Xenlite is the first opportunity we’ve had to really show our customers the benefits of our investments in industrialised fabrication and in-house design. Essentially, we’ve been able to develop a truly innovative product manufactured to precision quality standards but with a competitive price tag – and that is all down to the scale and efficiency of our factory.”

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