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Timber Repair

  • YOU DON'T DEMAND A REPUTATION... YOU EARN IT.

    You don't demand a reputation... you earn it.

    With many homeowners looking at alternatives to plastic windows the opportunities for selling high quality timber box sash vertical sliding frames have never been better. But, says Mighton’s Mike Derham, the hardware choice is critical on such windows.

    According to the key 2017 Palmer Report* on the fortunes of the window, door and conservatory markets in the UK, in 2016 550,000 timber windows were installed in housing, out of a total market of 6.82 million. Of the total market, 7% were vertical sliders, of which an estimated 23% were manufactured in timber.

    A small, but Hanging Baskets In A Countryside Townactually very worthwhile market as prices and generally margins at the premium end are high with homeowners more intent than average homeowners to preserve the authenticity of their property.

    Of course many installers will be supplying this generally recession-proof sector and will understand the need for superb quality at every level: great customer care and installation service and of course, at the core of it all will be the products that they took a great deal of time selecting your company to supply and install. Your reputation rests heavily upon these being not just perfect when they are installed, but to remain so for many years to come.

    The customers of such products choose them because they believe that they are buying and paying for the very best, in the overall product of course but also very much in the visible fittings, but also in the way the window operates, when new and over time. Any diminishment of performance will be very noticeable by people that have paid for and expect the very best.

    But a surprising number of manufacturers undermine their products – and potentially their reputations - by shortening the viable service life of their products with the installation of cheap hardware. This goes against every instinct that I have and surely, makes no sense at all. And installers may also make the assumption that as they are selling such windows from an otherwise reputable manufacturer, then high quality hardware will, surely, be a given. Sadly that is not the case and the purpose of this editorial is to urge Tarnished Pulleyretailer installers to be clear on the quality of the hardware installed. For it is your reputation that is at stake here and you that will pay for the callbacks for failures.

    One may understand the use of cheap hardware when the window itself is unlikely to last more than a few years. But for high quality joinery I am surprised at how often I come across manufacturers who, despite the care and skill with which they produce what inevitably are expensive window frames, still insist upon fitting cheap hardware that will corrode within weeks of installation and fail within a few months.

    The irony of this is that timber window specialists inevitably (and usually appropriately) see themselves as craftsmen, as opposed to just ‘fabricators’, producing high quality, hand finished windows that are produced with skill, care and pride and sold – and purchased – as such.

    Why do quality conscious joinery companies do this?

    When inevitably I challenge those in charge of procurement for these producers about their decision to ‘go cheap’ their response remains consistently the same: ‘we need to cut costs’. But when one considers a frame that may sell for more than £1000, such financial savings amount to perhaps £10 for the whole window when buying cheap hardware, with limited guarantees and performance expectations. Is this worth staking a company’s reputation on, when a whole house installation might save a few hundred against an installation costing £20,000 or more? In the age of instant news the old adage of a bad reputation being gained overnight has never been truer.

    Cheap products should be avoided at every opportunity in order to maintain the quality of operation and aesthetics for the lifetime of the window. Poor quality products can lose their finish visibly in just a few weeks and can fail in is as little as a few months. Seldom do they come with safeguarding treatments such as PVD for example, or are they covered by worthwhile guarantees.

    Closer attention to these details will save you a great deal of money; and ensure your reputation remains intact.

    *The Window, Door and Conservatory Markets in Housing in Great Britain 2017 Sept. 2017. www.palmermarketresearch.co.uk

  • OLD WOODEN WINDOWS MAKES IT BETTER WITH MIGHTON

    When Original Wooden Windows Ltd set out to make its frame production quicker and more efficient with new machinery, Director Gus Brazier said the name of Mighton Products needed no introduction. Even though the hardware specialist launched its machinery range less than a year ago, the Slough-based joinery firm knew Mighton from 12 years of using its sash weights and other ironmongery.

    Mighton did not expect OWW to make the choice on reputation alone, but was able to give Gus and the team hands-on experience of its Scribe-It™ end-scribing machine without leaving the factory, thanks to the Mighton Mobile Demonstration Vehicle.

    “The rep gave us a full demo of the end-scribing machine so we were able to see for ourselves exactly what it can do,” he said.

    “Installation was simple and didn’t cause any interruptions. Just from using the machine in the first couple of weeks the benefits have been clear to see. It has not only sped up production significantly but also gives exactly the same profile with every cut.”

    Scribe-It™ increases throughput by scribing the ends of timber profiles quickly, efficiently and consistently. It can complete a full cutting cycle in just 15 seconds and is compatible with any profile up to 45mm wide and 35mm deep. Using two cutters, Scribe-It™ allows for the shaping of the bead to be carried out in two halves, therefore safeguarding against issues such as the beads splitting or spelching at the ends.

    Chairman Mike Derham said OWW’s experience was the ideal example of the difference one machine could make:

    He explains: “The end scribing is only one small part of OWW‘s overall manufacturing process but when you have a bottleneck in a factory, it can have a knock-on effect on every other part.

    “Now, with the the right machinery in place, the whole factory can operate more smoothly and of course more efficiently and cost-effectively.”

    He adds: “We are always pleased to be able to support craftmen such as Original Wooden Windows, a family owned and run business which has been trading for over 40 years. All of their experienced staff specialise in the bespoke design and manufacture of timber windows and doors, with every item designed and produced to match exacting customer requirements. They also pride themselves on working sucessfully with heritage and conservation authorities.”

    To learn more about the range of Mighton Products machinery, and the flexible finance options available, or to order a new catalogue visit www.mightonproducts.com or call 01223 497097.

  • MORE PRODUCTS, MORE INFO AND QUICKER NAVIGATION WITH NEW MIGHTON HARDWARE AND MACHINERY CATALOGUES

    Choosing and using Mighton products has been made easier than ever with two new, product-dedicated catalogues with extended ranges and quick-navigation format.

    For 2018 the company has launched separate catalogues for its core ranges, making each more focussed on each customer’s needs, as well as adding new product ranges and much more technical and how-to information.

    The main hardware catalogue has 132 pages packed with all the best in window and door hardware, including Mighton’s new Armourer range of security products as well as the acclaimed Angel Ventlock sash window restrictors.

    Mighton’s patented machinery range for professional joiners now has its own dedicated catalogue to reflect the growing popularity of machines such as the X-Cut cross-jointing and Scribe-It end-scribing machines. The 12-page Mighty Machines catalogue also tells everything about Mighton’s Mobile Demo service, offering free demonstrations for real hands-on experience of any of the machines anywhere in the UK.

    Mighton has also moved its massively expanded range of Mighton Ankerstuy paints and stains into their own dedicated catalogue.

    As well as being more product-specific, the catalogues now have colour-coded icons to help navigate quickly and easily to any of the product sections, all presented with a clear and stylish new design.

    Chairman Mike Derham said: “We are proud of our comprehensive product ranges, with the best of everything that the professional could ask for. Now, with these new catalogues, we have not only packed in more of everything, we have also made them quicker and easier to choose the products – and to learn how to make the very most of them.”

    To learn more about Mighton Products or to order a new catalogue visit www.mightonproducts.com or call 01223 497097.

  • MIGHTON PRODUCTS EXPANDS WITH NEW WAREHOUSE

    new warehouseMighton has completed a new warehouse that will allow it to expand its existing on-site warehousing capacity and help cater for increased demand from new and existing customers.

    The company manufactures and distributes a wide range of products, including those designed specially for the timber sash and casement window market, and says the addition of the warehouse is part of a larger expansion plan that will aim to further improve and expand its product offering.

    Mighton’s chairman, Mike Derham said: “We already offer a comprehensive range of over 2,000 market leading sash, casement and door products, and the completion of our new warehouse, which started in February this year, is part of a larger investment that will allow us to develop that offering even further, including our new and exclusive Mighton Ultra range of exterior paints and coatings for joinery, as well as range of high quality portable woodworking machines for joinery.

    “The introduction of the new warehouse will also allow us to offer a bigger and better trade counter for our customers,” Mike continued. “We are one of the oldest and most respected suppliers of hardware in the UK, and this recent expansion is another landmark in the history of the company as we continue to grow and improve. The bigger warehouse has also meant we can take on two new employees, which together with the investment in stock and capacity, will ensure we have a great team in place to help meet future demand and further advance our customer service.”

  • MIGHTON OFFERS ACCOYA® BEADS FOR A NATURAL LOOK AND HIGH PERFORMANCE

    Accoya Tab CMYK NEWBritain’s longest established supplier of hardware and components for timber sash and casement windows, Mighton Products has added Accoya® wood beads to its range as well as becoming an approved supplier of Accoya coatings. These naturally insulating beads, offered in a choice of 6 profiles, are supplied in a natural finish and are available from stock in 3 metre lengths.

    Accoya® wood is a perfect material from which to manufacture windows and components as it is naturally insulating, Class 1 durable and dimensionally stable. Its stability means that coatings last longer and require less maintenance. Accoya® wood is FSC® certified and C2C Gold sustainability certified and shown through independent testing to be carbon negative when used in the manufacture of windows. Beads are especially prone to  failure and those manufactured in Accoya® have shown to offer significant gains in durability compared with alternatives.

    Mighton’s Accoya® Beads and coatings are available online now and will be included for the first time in the company’s latest catalogue which is due out on April 1st. For a free copy email sales@mighton.co.uk, or telephone  +44 (0) 1223 497097 and speak to one Mighton’s team.

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