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A GOOD EXAMPLE – FROM EXPRESSIONS & SYNSEAL


In a good example of how the industry is working together successfully within the heritage sector – and contributing to greater energy efficiency, specialist Synseal fabricator and installer, Expressions (Grimsby), earlier this year completed a residential project in Humberside that required old steel domestic windows set in timber surrounds to be replaced by energy efficient bespoke PVC-U ones.


Paul Fenty, Expressions’ chairman, explained that his company was approached for advice because the original timber outer frames and steel-framed inserts would require a bespoke solution to replace them.


“We decided the best approach would be to create a prototype window using a door outer frame and dummy sashes in all apertures, to show the homeowner what we can do,” he said. “We also soldered and


oxidised all the lead to make it look just like the original.”


Te result, he said, was strikingly similar to the windows that were replaced.


‘We are a specialist window firm that works with all types of profile material’


Te glass units, also manufactured by


Expressions, were made using Pilkington Optiwhite low-iron glass and Swisspacer V spacerbar.


“It is a common, false assumption that


replacing period windows with PCV-U equivalents will damage the property’s heritage,” Paul explained. “We are a specialist window firm that works with


PYRAMID’S BURNT OAK HELPS INSTALLERS WIN NEW BUSINESS


Colour coating experts Pyramid Windows has enhanced its product portfolio with a new burnt oak finish that closely replicates the look of timber.


Sales director Ian Cowling comments: “Te new burnt oak finish is a very exciting development for our customers,” says Ian. “Not only does it give them access to a new and authentic looking finish, it means they can offer their customers the same colour across their frames, trims and panels for a more consistent look. Quite often when a systems company launches a new foil, the exact match is not available via the door panel or trim company, which acts as a sales barrier for the installer. Developing the colour in-house means we can offer the colour matched products consumers are looking for, making it easier for installers to clinch the sale.”


Te burnt oak finish closely replicates the look of timber and according to Ian can help installers win business in the normally timber-dominated conservation areas.


“More conservation officers are waking up to the benefit of modern PVC-u windows” Ian said. “Tey recognise PVC-u windows can look wooden but without any of the negative side effects such as rotting, peeling and rattling and are choosing them as the low maintenance and cost-effective alternative to timber. Te burnt oak finish taps into this lucrative market and means installers can win business at better margins – especially when the new colour is incorporated within our vertical sliding sash window” Ian says.


‘PVC-u windows can look wooden but without any of the negative side effects’


Burnt oak is now available across all door and window frames, trims and door panels.


Tel 01603 6156474 or visit the new website at www.pyramidwindows.co.uk


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all types of profile material to achieve the best results. It is all down to the design – standard PVC-U casement windows would have looked out of place on this 1910 period building. In this instance, 70mm Synseal PVC-U profile worked a treat. Tankfully, we have exceptional service from Synseal – something we’ve had for the last 20 years!”


Synseal’s Fabrication Development


Manager, Brian Walker, said, “Whether or not windows look out of place is down to their design, not the material they are made from. Expressions has proved beyond doubt that while cost is a consideration, homeowners understand the importance of design and suitability, and will specify accordingly.”


Tel: 01623 446304


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