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 After a positive first month of trading, UPVC Maintenance Supplies were honoured to be joined by Gateshead’s Deputy Mayor; who agreed to officially open our newest Branch.
Councillor Jill Green braved a somewhat blustery day to join us in cutting the ribbon at our new premises on Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead. Councillor Green greeted those in attendance saying “It’s brilliant to see yet another company expand and open another location here in Gateshead”. Bringing 25 years of industry expertise to the window and door repair market of Gateshead and the surrounding area. “We have a number of long-standing and loyal customers in the North East: opening a branch in their area further cements our commitment to those relationships and we’re well on the way to developing new relationships as we’ve a lot to offer the marketplace” says owner and MD David Earnshaw. Branch Manager
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Trends in composite entrance doors 2000 to 2016 (000s door sets)
PVC-U panels remained the second biggest material, accounting for 25% of the market in volume terms and 24% in installed value. This included modest growth in volume last year of 0.7% to 351,000 door sets. Timber accounted for 16% in volume and 15% in installed value. This included a 25% decline in volume to 228,000 doors – the continuation of a 20-year downward trend. Steel faced door sets fell 12% in 2016 to 40,000 doors – supplied almost exclusively into new build. Aluminium, again supplied primarily into new build by contrast, as in other areas of the window and door industry recorded growth. “Despite significant demand for new homes, a general slowing of the housing market, is having a corresponding impact on new build completions. Consumer confidence has also weakened – something that is very difficult to disconnect from the continuing uncertainty that has accompanied Brexit. “We expect the coming two years to be fairly tough but as in previous years and other areas of the window and door industry, some products will fare far better than others, with innovation and the shift to higher value installations, key drivers of growth.”
Michael Savage is developing some great contacts with the local tradespeople: “There are a number of people who’ve been in several times already – and the word is certainly being spread around on our behalf”.
A new report from Palmer Market Research suggests the composite door sector will see significant growth through to 2021.
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   The three branches are supported by a hard copy catalogue, a comprehensive online shopping experience where customers can order 24/7 and a free technical helpline available in office hours. However it is these branches that really respond to customer demand “the ability for customers to come in wielding the broken or damaged part and be able to rely on our staff to provide the correct replacement is a key feature of our service. The fact that in virtually every case they get it there and then is an added bonus” David adds. “It also means we are well-placed to help the retail market: DIY is part of our culture here in Britain and we’re happy to offer guidance in our arena.”
According to The Market for Domestic Entrance Doors, composite doors now account for 54% of the market, the share rising to 56% by installed value with the inclusion of PVC/ABS faced doors. This follows an above market forecast, 9% increase in volume last year to 758,000 doors. This contributed to 7.9% increase in installed value for the total entrance door market, the move to composites from PVC-U panels inflating installed prices. Taken in its entirety, the market for entrance doors remained relatively flat last year at 1.4million door sets, with growth of just 0.9%. This compares to the 2.2% seen last year.
“The longer-term trends in the market have been more muted than those for windows. For instance the market is now only 5% above the low point in 2012 but 20% below the peak year of 2007”, writes the author of the 2017 Palmer entrance door report. Despite the growth of composites,
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 The development of timber windows in the FIT Show line-up has been further strengthened with the news that Cardinal Windows has signed up to the 2019 event.
The company, whose key staff boast over 150 combined years of experience, offers bespoke windows to specifiers and installers who seek traditionally styled, timber sliding box sash windows but which come with the latest standards of high performance. Having seen demand grow for real wood windows, the firm now sees the FIT Show as the best shop window to reach its trade target markets, as Marketing Manager Jamie Hackett explained: “We want to talk to a range of potential customers including window installers and specifiers together with architects, developers and small building companies and we know we
will meet many of them at the FIT Show. Our customers include designers and builders of new homes right through to those responsible for the most sensitive period renovations,” he said.”
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Cardinal’s heart may be in the tradition of timber but its route to market is right up to date, with online ordering and a window-builder facility complete with instant quote function, all designed to make choosing – and pricing – a timber window as easy and cost-effective as PVC or aluminium. With pine, sapele or oak products based on German engineering backed by full UK customer support, Cardinal Windows have a U value of 1.5 W/m2K and are available in any RAL colour and with a range of bespoke and hardware options.











































































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