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Innovate, don’t imitate

Lighting the project and said to be leading the way since 2016; the Korniche Roof Lantern was not only catapulted straight to the top of the desirability stakes for flat roof glazing at launch, but its game-changing engineering-led design – backed up by experience derived from the motorsport and automotive sectors.

Reportedly requested by name from homeowners, the benefits of a Korniche lantern are clear to see for the consumer, with ultra-slim profiles that maximise natural light to flood the living space, yet with significant time-saving attributes for the installer.

Whilst similar products may look to offer some of the benefits of that reduced installation time, it is the beauty of the design you can’t see that hammers home Korniche and parent company Made For Trade’s unique approach to fenestration – nothing comes close to matching a Korniche under the skin.

The product stands by its ability to be ‘fitted in minutes and glazed in seconds’; something that is by virtue of its design from the outset using methods and design practices that Korniche say are often an alien concept to the fenestration industry.

These details might not be on show behind the narrow sightlines and hidden fasteners, but the unitary construction, fastening system and glazing components prevent anything from coming close to the same security, weather-tightness and market-leading structural integrity.

There are no visible fixings on show for example on a Korniche and all joints are seamless; whilst this means perfect aesthetics as it meets the eye, it also hints at the ‘clean sheet’ method of design and construction behind.

The number, grade and size of the carefully specified bolts on the Korniche for example have been optimised for security and rigidity compared with typical self-tapping screw fixings, whilst details such as ridge bosses using anti-crush tubes for perfect installation torque provide a superior, more precise fit than traditional glazing fittings such as flat plate.

Made For Trade’s investment is not just in the fasteners themselves; Korniche kits use a selection of aluminium components such as end caps and ridge bosses that have been uniquely die cast to suit, enabling greater accuracy and tighter tolerances to be achieved to the benefit of the structure.

During installation of a Korniche Roof Lantern, installers will see a system that bolts together as a unitary structure rather than box sections and plates that flex or distort to the detriment of security, structural integrity and weatherproofing.

Matching the installation speed of the Korniche might almost appear feasible, but when specifying a glazed product that relies on strength and security, that speed needs to be backed up with assurances that it is derived from clever engineering from the outset, rather than any simplification of construction.

Meticulously engineered to be the strongest and stiffest on the market, the lantern supports maximum glass sizes without the need for additional rafters, and the cunning design details mean that glazing the structure is free of tapes and messy sealants. That’s not all, in these days where the thermal efficiency of a home is of the utmost priority, the thermally-broken profiles work alongside a wealth of design features to reduce heat transfer, and lower heating bills as a result. 

Finally, any benefits are soon lost if the quality and consistency is not there for each and every item; from order through to installation.

Made For Trade recently gained ISO9001 certification – based on continually improving and optimising all stages of how the company operates. This NQA Certification reportedly sets MFT and the Korniche Roof Lantern apart as a result, thanks to the precise repeatability of every single aspect of how a Made For Trade product is designed, sold and manufactured.


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