Right Time, Right Place

Two issues are prominent in homeowners’ minds right now according to Listers’ Roy Frost: rising energy costs; and well-insulated homes. The fact that the two are linked is useful, both from a homeowner point of view, yet also for home improvement companies offering solutions.

As an industry, we’ve been paying lip service to energy efficiency – and the wider issue of sustainability – for about a quarter of a century now. The benefits of designing better insulated homes and choosing energy efficient products when refurbishing your home, have been well documented. The window industry has been adept at incorporating Window Energy Ratings into their marketing, yet there hasn’t been a great deal of urgency - and those messages were often lost when it came to sealing the deal.

 

Real solutions

Today, though, the world is different. When you have the government intervening to lower energy bills, the window industry can step up with a real solution to a problem and not simply exploit a sales opportunity

 

High searches

In the last two weeks of August 2022, searches for ‘replacement windows and doors’ were at the highest level at any point this year. And searches for ‘home energy efficiency’ are approaching a year-long high, while ‘double-glazing’ is also climbing.

While a lot of people are simply wondering how they are going to make rent, others – those who can afford to – are exploring ways to lower their energy bills for the long term.

For the time-being, this isn’t a volume market. People looking to improve their homes are drawing on cash reserves, and they’ll be looking for other features, such as contemporary designs, the option for aluminium - all of which bring the opportunity for higher margins.

 

Light and security are important too

Even though energy prices dominate the news headlines, homeowners who are choosing to insulate their homes are still influenced other factors such as bringing in more light, improved security and opening up their homes to the outside. Home working is a big driver.

So, it should come as no surprise that our Sheerline range of products have been met with so much enthusiasm since their launch.

 

Prestige

Sheerline Prestige bi-folds are a case in point. They allow homeowners to enjoy their indoor and outdoor space as one, while combining the refined, architectural look of aluminium and the latest thermal and security technology.

 

Thermal efficiency

The multi-chamber thermal design works with high performance glazing to create class leading thermal performance; Prestige bi-folds can achieve U-values as low as 1/4W/m2K with double glazed units (which meet the revised Part L requirements for replacement bi-folding doors) and 1.0W/m2K with triple glazing. They also come with four threshold options with fully weather-sealed rebates that keep out the worst of the British weather.

 

Burglary guarantee

Ultion locks are fitted as standard on Prestige bi-folds from Listers, which not only offer anti-snap, anti-bump and anti-pick protection, but they also come with a £2,000.00 security guarantee.

 

Style

Significantly, Prestige bi-folds from Listers tap into the trend for modern aesthetics, which mean they are available in a flush finish and eight powder-coated matt colours, a high gloss white option or three anodised colours. There is also the option to choose a different colour for the inside.

They are a modern British-made solution to the issues currently facing homeowners, while offering installers new sales opportunities and efficiencies on site.

 

Time is money

Colour is sold on the same lead time as our PVC-U ranges, so if a customer gets a mixed order on one job, then all products can be delivered to site together. And features such as the clip-in bead remove the need for wedge gasketing and speed up installation, maximising profits in the process.

 

Picture: Opportunities abound with a modern bi-folding door says Roy Frost of Listers.

www.listerwindows.co.uk

 

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
10th January 2023

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