double glazing industry

Why We Have To Be Careful Of 2019 Comparisons

As the industry approaches this downturn and recession, you’re going to hear a lot about 2019 and “pre-pandemic” figures. We knew 2020 and 2021 were simply bizarre years in the business world. Demand was sent artificially high as a result of lockdowns and Government stimulus. The Black Swan event forced people to rethink how [...]

By |2022-08-04T00:03:08+01:00August 4th, 2022|Categories: double glazing industry|

Like It Or Not, You’re Going To Have To Pass On Those Price Increases

Although not as constant as last year, the raw material prices continue to edge up. The latest being glass prices. PVC resin prices appear to have become more stable of late and the cost of aluminium has fallen from record highs following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Raw material prices plateauing is one thing, the [...]

By |2022-08-02T21:54:39+01:00August 2nd, 2022|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|

Aluminium Could Dent The Dominance Of PVCu

That’s a bold statement I know. PVCu still makes up around the majority of the residential market. For example, there is around double the number of PVCu fabricators compared to aluminium fabricators. I believe that the status quo is beginning to change. The pace of change within the sector is happening at a rapid [...]

By |2022-07-26T23:16:48+01:00July 26th, 2022|Categories: aluminium, double glazing industry|

Fabricators Call For An Alternative Approach To Pushing Price Rises Down The Home Improvement Supply Chain

Six leading fabricators of products in the home improvement sector have called for a halt to the ongoing practice of pushing price rises at the top down the supply chain. Central Window Systems, Conservatory Outlet, Listers, Roseview, Prefix Systems and SolarFrame have joined forces to urge firms in the sector to work together to [...]

By |2022-07-22T13:46:49+01:00July 22nd, 2022|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|

Open Letter: Energy Prices And Their Impact On Retail

Open letter from Rob McGlennon, Deceuninck UK Managing Director: ‘22% of homeowners intend to make home improvements in the next 12 months’*. That’s up from 16% in the final quarter of 2021. Why do more people intend to make home improvements now? Well, it’s because they’re concerned about rising energy costs, and want to [...]

By |2022-07-21T11:01:03+01:00July 21st, 2022|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|

New-Build Homes Are Woefully Unprepared For Hot Weather

In the grand scheme of British summers, this one hasn’t been too bad. Since June we have had prolonged dry spells, a decent amount of sunshine and very little rain. In fact, many rivers and lakes are at levels well below average. The grass is more like hay and the ground is solid. Now, [...]

By |2022-07-20T23:33:47+01:00July 20th, 2022|Categories: DGB ECO, double glazing industry|

Ultion Nuki Review: Smart Door Tech That Actually Fits Into Home Life

When it comes to smart tech of any kind, it is the tech that provides a tangible benefit to daily life. Smartphones are an obvious example. Smart lighting and heating that learns your living patterns so as not to overdo it on the utility bills. When it makes a genuine difference to how people [...]

By |2022-07-14T22:37:30+01:00July 14th, 2022|Categories: double glazing industry, Reviews, technology|

UK Fenestration Should Be A Far Bigger Sector Than What It Is

Think about this for a moment. Fenestration, which by definition is the arrangement of windows and doors in a building, is literally everywhere. Every home. Every office space. Every pub. Every cinema. Every skyscraper. Every Government building. We are surrounded by our industry at every turn. What a remarkable thing that is. What is [...]

By |2022-07-13T00:01:06+01:00July 13th, 2022|Categories: double glazing industry|

ASSA ABLOY Acquires Caldwell

ASSA ABLOY has announced that they have acquired Caldwell, manufacturers of fenestration hardware. This continues the growth of ASSA ABLOY as a business. This is the statement they provided on their website: ASSA ABLOY has acquired Caldwell, a manufacturer of fenestration hardware for window manufacturers. "I am very pleased to welcome Caldwell into the [...]

By |2022-07-07T10:28:27+01:00July 7th, 2022|Categories: business, double glazing industry|

We’re Going To Need To Learn To Sell Again

The last two years have seen many of us become order takers, rather than salespeople. Demand was so strong and overwhelming in many areas that all we had to do was turn up to work and collect the sales as they came in. We are very much not in the same place in the [...]

By |2022-07-04T23:43:17+01:00July 4th, 2022|Categories: double glazing industry|

Excuses For Poor Customer Service Will No Longer Cut It

The worst of the pandemic is behind us. Demand has slowed significantly compared to the past two years. Lead times from fabricators for most products is back down to a handful of weeks. You could say we’re pretty much back to normal. On that basis, poor customer service, and the excuses they come with, [...]

By |2022-06-30T22:56:03+01:00June 30th, 2022|Categories: double glazing industry|

Adoption Of Smart Window And Door Technology Should Be Far More Advanced

Last week, Alex Dutton from Brisant Secure came to see us at our place to begin our journey with Ultion Nuki. This is Brisant’s newest iteration of smart lock and one that has been designed to be even more installation-friendly, and provide more compatibility with a range of existing smart home systems. I will [...]

By |2022-06-28T23:18:00+01:00June 28th, 2022|Categories: double glazing industry, technology|

How Much Are You Prepared To Pay Your Fitters?

I was shown an advert from a Facebook forum by a friend of mine the other night. It was advertising a fitter's position at a company. The wage was £50,000 per year, with van and labourer supplied. That’s a hell of a generous deal and perhaps signals an effort to obtain a new fitter [...]

By |2022-06-23T00:16:55+01:00June 23rd, 2022|Categories: business, double glazing industry|

Government Publishes FAQs On New Trickle Vent Regulations

Happy trickle vent day! As of today, June 15th 2022, the newly revised Building Regulations for England have come into force. The debate around trickle vents today has been as strong as ever, with questions still being asked about compliance, who is liable and help being sought from various industry bodies. In response to [...]

By |2022-06-15T21:42:16+01:00June 15th, 2022|Categories: Building Regulations, double glazing industry|

UK Fenestration Has To Act Now To Navigate Recession

Whether we want to talk about it or not, the UK economy is on the brink of something bad. Inflation is out of control, the cost of living is soaring and the chances of the UK falling into recession are already highly likely. This isn’t a UK problem. The US, EU and other Asian [...]

By |2022-06-14T15:41:01+01:00June 14th, 2022|Categories: business, double glazing industry|
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