Pro Installer June 2017 - Issue 51

PROINSTALLER.CO.UK THE VOICE OF THE TRADE ISSUE 51 JUNE 2017 FREE 10 Rainwater systems go with the flow 14 How to deal with condensation? 29 Installer Essentials 37 FIT Show 2017 review 57 Ideal windows for It is not always a case of one size fits all. Four common questions about condensation. The latest special pull-out from the Pro Installer. A comprehensive review of this year’s exhibition. Sash UK introduces the new FlushSash system. conservation areas STILL RACING AHEAD AFTER 40 YEARS Sheffield-based fabri- cator and installer Ford Windows is celebrating a landmark in its continuing growth and development – its 40th year in the industry. And, despite its maturity, the company is continuing to grow. “Our business has seen double-digit growth over the past four years and we’re currently on target to maintain this through 2017,” says managing director Phil- ip Shackley. The company now fabri- cates 2,000 windows a week with 180 staff in Sheffield and is now the premier new build fabricator in the North of England, producing an- other 400 a week at its East Kilbride satellite operation, which serves the Scottish market. 15 Ford Windows’s Managing Director Philip Shackley That commitment to service is reflected in a 60-strong customer base that includes some of the UK’s top house builders – Barratt Development, Per- simmon, and Taylor Wimpey to name just three. “We believe in adding val- ue and reacting quickly to what the customer wants,” Philip says. “If there is a problem then we aim to get it sorted in 24 hours.” The management team has just overseen an invest- ment programme of nearly £1 million that includes the acquisition of two top-of- the-range Stuga ZX4 sawing and machining centres that can produce an extra 800 to 1,000 windows per week with only two oper- ators each. These produce Eurocell Eurologik 70mm windows in response to demand from house build- ers for improved U-values, which the six-chambered design delivers with ease as it is one of the first win- dows to achieve the UK’s highest possible energy rating: A++. These machines can also be configured to manufac- ture other Eurocell windows as housebuilders turn to windows for differentiation in a highly competitive mar- ket, where models such as Is your supplier letting you down ? % FIRST FROM * ORDER DISCOUNT Modus will come to the fore. Modus is specifically de- signed to meet the growing demand for premium PVCu windows from discerning homebuyers who want distinctive properties that present a traditional appear- ance while meeting modern performance standards. Philip Shackley believes that Ford Windows’ strong relationship with Eurocell has been a key factor in the company’s success. “We chose Eurocell be- cause of its excellent repu- tation for fabricator support and innovation. It’s thanks to its excellent product and our own commitment to best-in-class customer ser- vice that we have been able to grow to this size and still expand”. 10 Working Days Lead Time * from only £ GET A PRICE COMPARISON TODAY Lowest price anywhe re Aluminium Bi-Fold Doors *Offer applicable to new customers on your first set of doors only. *Excludes Glass and Delivery. *Lead Time depending on delivery day to your area. *Based on a like for like quote PRO-INSTALLER_front_page_bifolds_JUNE_2017.indd 1 £350 per leaf Tel: 01642 610798 Fax: 01642 671026 11/05/2017 15:25