Commercial projects are increasingly turning to PVC-U as the material of choice, as Synseal fabricator and installer Complete Windows found when it recently installed 104 windows on the Stourbridge News building, a 1960’s office block that was originally fitted with steel windows.
Complete Windows manufactured the A-rated windows using Shield profile foiled with Artisan in Black/Brown on white, along with grey infill panels.
The Dudley-based company fabricates about 100 windows per week, and installs around 20% of them mostly to domestic customers. “Our only marketing budget is the £150 we pay to Yellow Pages to feature in the FENSA section,” explained director John Pearson. “All of our work comes in from recommendations, and we will travel anywhere in the UK to work.
“Typically we avoid working on commercial projects because we prefer to be paid in regular instalments, and don’t like the uncertainty they can sometimes bring. However, we have a long standing relationship with Paul Wentworth Builders – the main contractor on the job – who was keen to push the work our way. Everyone was more than satisfied with the outcome on this project.”
John explained that an increasing number of people are choosing coloured windows. “Products like Artisan are really opening people’s imagination,” John said. “The woodgrains and colours are really transforming consumers’ expectations of what they can expect from PVC-U windows.
“For example, we are often replacing 10-year-old 70mm white PVC-U windows with 70mm coloured or woodgrain PVC-U windows – it is a real selling point.”
John also explained that he was pleased with the customer support from Synseal. “They are a really good firm to deal with, and will always stick to their word,” he said. “I believe the support has got even better since the management buy-out.”