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23rd November 2023
 


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Will Home Improvement Spending Fall Alongside House Prices In 2024?

 

House prices and home improvements have historically been closely linked. Many improvements to the home are made to increase the saleability of the property, and with house prices predicted to continue to fall until 2025, we ask, will the home improvement market also falter?

Economists have previously noted a strong correlation between house prices and the home improvement industry. For instance, during the well-documented COVID boom years, the average UK house price increased by 10.2% between March 2020 and March 2021,

 
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Conservatory Outlet Records 125% Increase In Sales Of Its Envisage Flush Casement Windows

 

Conservatory Outlet, a UK fabricator of windows, doors, and specialist home improvement products, has recorded a 125% increase in the sales of its trademark collection of Envisage flush casement windows.

Designed to replicate the look of traditional timber windows, Envisage windows are known for their sleek appearance, exceptional thermal performance and durability, claims the company.

Conservatory Outlet offers its Envisage windows with welded or mechanical timber-style joints.

 
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U-Comply N Calculator Adding Value, Says Epwin Window Systems

 

Epwin Window Systems has confirmed an increase in downloads of its thermal efficiency calculator U-Comply N by customers calculating the thermal performance and transmittance of their window and door specifications. The U-Comply N online tool is fully accredited by the BSI and the BFRC and can be used to prove a product’s compliance with Part L of Building Regulations, says the company.

Gerald Allen, head of marketing at Epwin Window Systems, said: “With the changes to Part L, the compliance aspect is gaining significance across all market sectors

 
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Are Sliding Patio Doors Becoming The New Bi-Fold Doors?

 

Jeremy Phillips, group chairman of specialist aluminium fabricators CDW Systems, discusses why sliding patio doors could about to take the place of bi-fold doors on homeowners’ wish lists in 2024.

Aluminium bi-fold doors have been the ‘go-to’ high end home improvement product for architects and homeowners for many years thanks to programmes such as Grand Designs. The ability of bi-folds to seamlessly merge indoor and outdoor spaces has given them a prominent place in modern architecture and both the domestic and commercial space.

 
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Doorco Introduces New Glass Range In ‘Noir’ Collection

 

DoorCo brings Innovation week to a close with more new product announcements, focused on the new Noir Collection and expanded glass range. Noir, designed to bring the new Eaton door slab to life, is a curated collection of special glass and colour options, which includes some new decorative pieces, and will feature in DoorCo’s upcoming 2024 Original brochure revamp.

DoorCo marketing manager, Ellie Pool, explains more: “The Eaton door slab was borne from the unwavering desire for traditional and old-time classic door styles.

 
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Window Industry Turning To ‘Online Retail Model’ Of Customer Service, Says First Degree Systems

 

Window fabricators are taking inspiration from online businesses in the way they manage customer relations, according to Solutions Architect for Cyncly business First Degree Systems, Phil Wilson.

“One of the biggest trends that we see, is window fabricators putting more control in the hands of their customers,” Phil said. “Rather than managing all customer queries over the phone, it’s more like how you now deal with online purchases, where online retail companies would say, ‘Please go to your portal and take a look at your documents’.

 
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Legacy VS: Whatever The Weather

 

Quickslide’s Legacy vertical slider is officially one of the best performing sash windows available on the market, as proven by the results of its recent weather performance tests, claims the company.

During testing, windows are assessed for air permeability, water tightness and resistance to wind. Legacy VS was successfully tested against wind speeds of up to 120mph to achieve a 1200 rating, while for water tightness it withstood being sprayed with eight litres of water per minute for 40 minutes with zero leakage, earning it a higher level Class 6A classification.

 
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DGCOS Announces New 6 And 2 Year Registration Options

 

To support the changing market, The Double Glazing & Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme (DGCOS) is introducing shorter 6 and 2 year registration options for members, in addition to its current standard of 10 years, allowing members to offer more relevant protection on installations and replacements.

Faisal Hussain, DGCOS chief executive, explains the thought-process behind the decision: “Did you know that under Competent Person Scheme requirements installers must provide 6 years’ financial protection for consumers when replacing windows and doors?

 
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Regalead Reports Successes With Urban Bar For Bifold Doors

 

Urban Bar from RegaLead has been incorporated by a significant number of aluminium fabricators across multiple window and door systems, aiming to achieve the industrial heritage aesthetic.

The trend for industrial heritage continues to grow, with more companies introducing an astragal bar system to transform standard bifold doors. However, as with the PVC versions, aluminium astragal bars have not been without issues, mainly “popping off” due to expansion. The new Urban Bar solution from RegaLead has been designed to resolve this common issue by use of a multi-patented clip system, says the company.

 
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GGF Welcomes Aluminium Expertise

 

In a further extension of its technical knowledge and industry support, the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has welcomed Steve Turner to its already comprehensive technical team.

Dave Borland, head of GGF technical, explains what the appointment means for members: “The GGF is changing for the better by being more proactive, offering a wider portfolio of services to members, and developing a clear, inclusive membership organisation. To continue to do this we need a strong representation of all sectors of the market, both domestic and commercial, which is why we are thrilled to welcome Steve (aka Bruce!) to the team.

 
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Nearly Half Of Contractors Are Not Part Of An ADR Scheme Set To Become Compulsory Next Year, Says Disput Assist

 

Two-fifths (42%) of UK contractors are not part of an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) scheme despite the fact that it could become mandatory in 2024, reveals new research.

Commissioned by Dispute Assist, a leading UK dispute resolution provider, the survey of 200 home improvement contractors found that many are not utilising dispute resolution services even though more than a third (36%) have previously had an unhappy customer make a court claim against them.

 
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Get Quick With Flip

 

DoorCo’s second generation Flip cassette system is now faster than competitor systems on the market, proven in a recent filmed time trial, claims the company.

“The Flip cassette system has had a revamp, fuelled by customer-led innovation and our desire to always do better”, explains Mark Towers, head of operations at DoorCo. “The idea with this evolution was to make the system even quicker and easier to install. Whilst the key features remain the same including our Foam in Place technology which removes the need for glazing tape or wet seals and our 3 distinct profiles, the corners and connectors are the main features to have been developed.

 
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Senior Goes Back To School To Support The Future Of Fenestration

 

Senior Architectural Systems, manufacturer of aluminium fenestration solutions, has partnered with a local secondary school to give students a new view of potential careers within the construction industry.

South Yorkshire based Senior has been working with Sir Thomas Walton Academy, which is based nearby in Doncaster, to support the school’s Better Learners Better Workers Programme. As part of this initiative Senior’s managing director Mark Wadsworth, technical director Mark Wheatley and marketing coordinator Katie Neale met with staff and students to share more about the company,

 
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Glazpart Shortlisted For Three Building Performance Awards

 

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has announced that Glazpart’s Link Vent 4000 has been nominated for three Product Innovation awards in the following categories: Wellbeing, Air Quality and Thermal Comfort.

On hearing the news Dean Bradley, sales director of Glazpart commented:  “We are delighted to be shortlisted for such prestigious awards. The Link Vent 4000 has proved to be an essential addition to our trickle vent range since it was launched in 2022 in time for the Building Regulations changes to Approved Document F (ventilation).

 
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Insight Data Celebrates A Decade Of Success In Partnership With Vista Panels

 

Insight Data, a leading provider of prospect data and marketing solutions for the fenestration industry, says it is thrilled to announce the celebration of its 10-year partnership with Vista Panels. Vista Panels a manufacturer of GRP composite doors and uPVC panels, have long held a foothold in the industry dating back to 1995.

Since the start of their partnership in 2013, Insight Data has supported Vista Panels’ market expansion. Thanks to the tailored, data-driven insights at the tip of Vista Panels’ fingers, they now are recognised as one of the leading uPVC and composite door suppliers for trade customers across the UK and Europe.

 
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Qualicoat At Zak

 

By Angus Mackie – Qualicoat Chair

This is the first time that Qualicoat has sponsored this keynote event for the Facade Industry. Zak is held annually in London and draws in decision makers from across the facade supply chain. It was an excellent platform for members of the Association to engage with the supply chain and to understand how they view the Qualicoat Specification.

Whilst we learnt that most specifiers had an good understanding that the Qualicoat Specification was aimed at providing quality architectural powder coating,

 
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Direct Trade Windows Sponsors Brighton Youth Football Club

 

Aluminium trade supplier Direct Trade Windows has signed up to sponsor a local Brighton-based youth football club in their upcoming season, further strengthening the company’s commitment to supporting local communities.

Withdean Youth FC is an FA 3-star accredited grassroots football club that provides training for both boys and girls aged eight to 18. The club focuses on nurturing young talent and providing them with opportunities to develop their skills in a supportive environment.

 
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Trade News

Glazerite Expands Its Manufacturing Footprint Into Yorkshire

The Glazerite UK Group has opened up operations at its North Division in Barnsley as part of the fabricator’s ambition to secure further growth for its installers. The purpose-built 30,000 sq. ft facility will focus exclusively on the production of Deceuninck 2500 and 2800 profile systems.  

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Elumatec And Emmegi Set To Join Forces In UK

elumatec (UK) and emmegi (UK) have announced plans for a formal collaboration in the UK market, designed to help both businesses deliver an even better service to customers.

The move is part of the ‘One Company’ approach being implemented by the Voilàp Group,

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Trade News

Emplas Takes Receipt Of Four New Low Emission HGVs

Emplas has continued to lower emissions, while increasing the capacity of its nationwide delivery fleet, with the addition of new Volvo FM Rigid HGVs.  The new 18-tonne trucks combine the latest Euro 6 emissions standards with modern aerodynamics, helping to improve fuel efficiency by 50% compared to older models, says the company.

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Total Hardware Secures New Product Research, Development And Testing Centre

Independent hardware supplier Total Hardware has announced it has secured a new product research, development and testing centre. Located in the Midlands the centre underscores the company’s commitment to product innovation and excellence, claims the company.

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Product News

Epwin Window Systems Achieves PAS24:2022 Across Its PVC-U Systems

Epwin Window Systems has confirmed all its PVC-U window and door systems have achieved PAS24:2022 signalling a commitment to staying at the forefront of industry standards.

Adrian Crutchley, product accreditations manager at Epwin Window Systems,

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Revolutionary New Design For DoorCo’s Gripcore

DoorCo has unveiled its latest innovation, version two of Gripcore, which will be available for order in Janaury 2024.

According to DoorCo, Gripcore’s new core is revolutionary compared to anything on the UK market, having evolved into a hybrid timber-foam core that the company says is stronger,

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UAP Broadens Choice Of Duo Handles

UAP has extended its range of Duo door handles.

Fabricators can now choose from a granite finish, which adds to a further five colour options including satin stainless steel, white, black, gold, and mirrored polish.

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Lilac Doors Are Set To Soar In 2024, Says RegaLead

RegaLead has added four new colours in lilac hues to its standard colour range. As Google searches for lilac doors increased by 271 percent over the past 12 months, and RegaLead has seen more and more request from customers for lilac shades, these were the inspiration for the new colours.

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Conservatories

Expert Cornering With hup!

Ultraframe has announced that the hup! lightweight building system is now compatible with variable corners from 90° to 170°, meaning it can now be used to convert old Victorian conservatories into modern extensions – in addition to the multitude of styles already possible with the evolutionary system.

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Glass & Glazing

Distinction Doors Launches New Glass Designs

Distinction Doors has introduced two new decorative glass designs, Chatsworth and Wentworth.

Both styles combine satin glass with clear detailing.  Wentworth features a 25mm wide clear border around a satin centre, while Chatsworth has a 7mm clear pencil border inset 25mm from the satin edge.

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Aluminium

CAB A Year In Review

By Phil Slinger – CAB CEO

It has been a busy year for CAB in support of its membership and the wider industry and whilst there are challenges in the supply chain and looking forward into 2024, CAB membership continues to offer an excellent value proposition.

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Everglade Windows Adds Premium Aluminium Sliding Door To Its Range With aïr 180XLS

Everglade Windows has launched the aïr 180XLS lift & slide door, a glazing solution with ‘extremely low U-values’ that will help installers meet the future demands of the home.
Alongside its impressive energy efficiency credentials, the 180XLS also benefits from 50mm interlocking sightlines,

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Internet

hup! Celebrates Carbon Efficiency With New Website

The hup! lightweight building system from Ultraframe is celebrating the launch of its new homeowner website, along with the news that hup! is 60% more carbon efficient than a brick wall.

Commenting on the two pieces of hup! news, Ultraframe marketing director, Alex Hewitt,

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On Site

Rehau Preserves Gothic Aesthetic Of A Glasgow Property

Quality Trade Windows, a family-owned window supplier, has transformed the energy performance of a historical luxury residential property in East Kilbride, Glasgow, while retaining its original gothic aesthetics. To meet the private owner’s expectations, bespoke Heritage Vertical Sliding windows were fabricated for the project.

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G Awards

Kubu Eyes Quadruple Awards Success

Designer and vertically integrated manufacturer of smart sensing technology for the fenestration industry, Kubu Smart is hoping to continue its run of award success.

Having won both Door Component of the Year and Window Component of the Year at the National Fenestration Awards in late October,

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Awards

Product Innovation Is The Key To Success, Says VBH

Hardware manufacturer VBH has been successful at the Medway Business Awards, winning the Product Innovation category during the ceremony held at The Great Hall, Priestfield, on Friday 17th November.

The award was given for VBH’s work with their greenteQ ‘smart’ products,

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The Residence Collection Wins Timber Alternative Company Of The Year At The National Fenestration Awards 2023

Premium window and door designer, The Residence Collection is celebrating after winning Timber Alternative Company of the Year at this year’s National Fenestration Awards.

The Residence Collection secured the title of Timber Alternative Company of the Year for the sixth time since the first National Fenestration Awards in 2013.

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