With £2.4 billion being raised in new affordable housing investment thanks to the Government’s Right to Buy scheme, originally launched in 2012, never has the focus on efficient building been more important to homeowners.
In April 2015 more people will have the chance to buy their home thanks to further Right to Buy discounts, with maximum discounts rising in line with inflation, to £77,900 outside of London and £103,900 in the capital. All of which is excellent news for installers and builders.
Ian Davis, Sales Director at frameXpress believes that as the GGF steps up and urges the Government to boost our industry further, by encouraging growth for local and national economies, it is obvious that housing will once again become a main focus in the political world.
Ian comments, “Energy efficient buildings are an incredibly important part of tackling the world’s energy crisis, being a fundamental part of keeping draughts out and therefore energy bills down, which are major selling points to consumers.
Furthermore, with the Mortgage Advice Bureau currently suggesting that homeowners are giving themselves up to £2000 extra cash in the bank by remortgaging to a cheaper deal, it is very possible that these types of measures are being made by them to reinvest in the home.
The UK housing market saw a spring and summer boom in 2014, particularly in London and the South of England, before activity dropped away a little at the end of the year. It has been suggested that investment in property will continue to increase and that UK house prices will grow on average by 4%, which will keep the renovation market busy.”
With three window systems available in 16 colours as well as colour bond finishes available on both pvc-u and aluminium products, framexpress has placed energy efficiency, security and aesthetics as key areas for recent development within the range, to ensure customers can buy from under one roof.
Furthermore, frameXpress has an established reputation for quality and high standards which is reflected in the extensive accreditations achieved by the company. This gives frameXpress customers additional selling advantages, particularly within the domestic market where more and more often accreditations such as Secured by Design and PAS 23, 24 are stipulated on projects.
For homeowners, this gives added reassurances in terms of security, with the accreditations and performance guarantees now being recognised and trusted by them.
Whilst frameXpress maintains a stronghold within the fabrication sector, the commercial division also has increased considerably over recent years, with the introduction of a broader product range including aluminium, bifold doors, composite and commercial entrance doors, all having been well received by both existing and new customers.
Already projects for the company this year have been steady and varied, with the team working on installations that have required a complete technical understanding in respect of both specifiers’ and customers’ requirements.
frameXpress took a very progressive approach to the industry during the dark days of recession by stepping up diversification and streamlining production methods – a step which has paid off. Customer satisfaction remains a top priority at the company and consequently it has established excellent business relations with both customers and suppliers.
Understanding renovation and being sensitive not just to aesthetic options but being able to advise on the most appropriate products for an older or listed property, are also key elements that frameXpress customers can rely upon and discuss with the team.
Ian comments, “Whilst retrofit and regeneration are incredibly big business, it is essential for us to offer a range that will not only offer the best in terms of thermal efficiency but that will not create problems further down the line. Understanding how older properties breathe and what products will be the most appropriate for a renovation project are important aspects that have to be considered. The last thing our customers need is call back a few months later.”
Conservatories, garden rooms and orangeries continue to be a popular product of choice for the leading fabricator, with consumers still looking to add space and make optimum use of light. The company has three styles of thermally efficient roofing available as well as a Guardian Roof option, to ensure that year round living is possible for those looking to create a lighter and larger living environment.
Looking at the potential for investment in the housing market, Ian Davis believes that diversity and flexibility are the keys to success for the company.
He concludes, “frameXpress has remained strong and reliable even through dark years of recession, which gives value to our guarantees. Another part of our strength lies in the quick turnarounds along with the ability to make site deliveries on different days. For customers working to tight schedules as the market gathers pace, we give them total reassurance.
Whilst it is said that the general election could dampen the housing market activity until the result is known, we believe it will remain buoyant and steadily grow. By offering quality, choice and stability, through investment, not only in technology but also in staff, ensures that our customers can only gain from our products and services.
For more information on the range of products available please call 01952 581100.