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Glazing Clippings and Musings July 2015 by Helen Duval

With a post-Election forecast that suggests a surge of people will be putting their homes on the market, it can only be seen as a positive thing for the building, glazing and construction markets.  House hunters previously starved of choice should soon be all set for plenty more homes to pick from.   This bodes well for installers and builders with undoubtedly more renovation projects to pick up, either from eager new property owners or consumers looking to finally make their move.

Property analysts are now predicting immediate price increases with market confidence once again restored amongst both buyers and sellers. According to property listing website Rightmove, a fresh burst of activity is just around the corner. Improvements within the London market will undeniably trigger a renewed ripple effect across the country, despite pre-election jitters that prompted house prices to fall 0.1 % in England and Wales at the end of April.

So it’s full steam ahead for the glazing sector. That said, Spring and Summer are always seasons where the consumer gets restless for change whether it’s a house move or an improvement.   Whichever, it generally gives a feel good factor for the next half as consumers look to upgrade, one way or another in a buoyant market.

There has been a flurry in some quarters regarding the calibre of skillsets available on the building market, with some reporting a severe lack of trained proficiency during positive times.  Sourcing the right skills on site to build and install to a consistently high standard during a period of increased building activity, has been proving difficult for some companies, particularly those who rely on sub-contracting .  It would seem the good, reliable workers are either too busy or too expensive for the job.  So what is the solution?  Investing in training would seem the logical answer to getting the skills right, whether onsite or in the office.  Whether it’s training courses for individuals or on-site training for employees, improving build processes and managing sites well will guarantee to keep quality standards high.

As aluminium continues to increase in popularity, consumers with an eye on contemporary design will certainly look to blend modern living with an overall sleek appearance.  While the appeal of  aluminium frames has always been predominantly found in the commercial sector in projects such as schools, restaurants, and government buildings, as new technologies have evolved over recent years, it is now firmly established as a main contender on the domestic front. Improvements in thermal insulation, increased strength and the ability to manufacture in dual colour finishes, will bring about some noticeable stunning finishes to private homes.

Techniques to manufacture products that perform to the highest levels remain prevalent across the industry, as climate change and managing its effects has been brought into the news repeatedly recently via forums at the International Climate Talks in Bonn.  It is evident the pressure continues, to develop building products that can radically reduce global carbon emissions.  Glass machinery manufacturers continue to evaluate methods for leaner, cleaner production, introducing faster, more efficient automated cycle times and ways of enabling processors to create more progressive designs.  As window design becomes more creative, it is certain that the niche practice of frame bending will keep manufacturers busy.

As new products will evidently be launched to keep pace with legislation and consumer demands, it certainly will be visually interesting times over the next few months.

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