About Us

Rytons are experts in natural ventilation.  Whether new build, renovation, refurbishment, house building, high-rise building, boilers, stoves, fires, damp and condensation or fire safety, we have 50 years of experience with the venting complexities of them all and have extensive product ranges and knowledge to help.

Quality is at the foundation of everything we do.  From manufacturing well-designed products made of high-grade materials that last, to ensuring those products are well packaged and dispatched quickly to sites, merchants and distributors.  Our standards are high and we are proud of that.

Whether you call us or use our online resources, our goal is to provide services that are efficient, friendly and as hassle-free as possible.  That’s why we don’t ask for registration to access any of our website content – including UK Building Regulation-compliant ventilation calculators.  That’s why we provide a free time saving acoustic evaluation service to house builders.  And that’s why we have a sales team trained to provide technical advice as well as take orders.

To offer peace of mind when buying or specifying we work with the following leading industry bodies for our testing and technical services.

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Rytons History

At the heart of Rytons are its family ties, read how Rytons has been a family business for three generations.

The first generation …

In 1972 William Irwin and his wife Beatrice formed Ryton’s Ventilation Equipment Ltd, operating out of a small office and garage storage space in Purley, Surrey.  Ryton’s had developed the first-ever dedicated cavity vents, the Slim Vent® Minor and Slim Vent® Major, at a time when modern methods of construction meant efficient cavity ventilation was becoming crucial in the prevention of condensation.  Architects and contractors quickly saw the benefits of this pioneering method of ensuring neat and effective cavity ventilation, and a new industry standard for using preformed perpend vents was born.  Sadly, William died in Ryton’s early years, however, Beatrice continued to successfully run the company until 1982, when it was taken over by their eldest son Roger Irwin.

The second generation …

In 1982 Roger and his wife Jackie, a fellow Director, relocated the company to Kettering, Northamptonshire, renting a small office and stock room.  In the beginning, Jackie ran the office processing orders and sending out company information, whilst Roger had a day job as an accountant, working long into the evenings on plans to expand the business.  It wasn’t long before Roger left accounting to concentrate on Rytons full time (although his job remained open for him, he never went back).

The next two and a half decades saw the company (now named Rytons Building Products Ltd) grow exponentially.  Moving to purpose-built office and warehouse spaces, developing a full product range, investing in manufacturing, securing stockists, growing admin, sales, and marketing teams, becoming a market leader and trusted name for quality natural ventilation products in the UK.

The third generation …

In 2007, Rytons was pleased to welcome in the third generation, Anthony Irwin, as Sales Manager.  New to this role but certainly not new to the company, Anthony had worked ad-hoc for as long as he could remember earning money packing boxes during school holidays.  Anthony brought in fresh ideas for product development such as Rytons LookRyt® Range and has driven the company forward in the expansion of metal fabrication with Rytons A1® Fire-rated Range.  Appointed as Company Director in 2012, and Managing Director in 2022, Anthony runs the company, developing new and exciting products for future generations, in the hope that one day his own children will make the fourth generation.

What happened to those original two products?

We are happy to report that Rytons Slim Vent® Minor and Rytons Slim Vent® Major still form part of our cavity vents range today, a true testament to the original idea.

In 2022 Rytons celebrates its 50th Anniversary, Anthony Irwin commented, “Rytons 50th Anniversary is a very special occasion for our family, but none of the above would have happened without the support of our loyal staff and customers, we thank you.”

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Around the World – Projects and Places

Our world map below shows many of the overseas countries we have shipped products to.  You can also find out more about some of the interesting places and projects we have supplied to in our Projects and Places page.