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  • Regal Standards At The Goring Hotel, Belgravia SW1W

    Wandsworth Sash Windows (WSW) manufacture and install bespoke windows , doors, shutters, and all types of joinery. They also take on major building works and complete all the required construction from start to finish. As a South London sash window company, WSW regularly work across London, the home counties and the south of England. WSW hand make their own products to ensure they are of the very highest quality, and to achieve a perfect fit.

    When WSW London were called on to replace 25 sash windows at the luxury 5-star Goring Hotel in Belgravia, it was clear from the off that only quality craftmanship and a top-class work ethic would be good enough to achieve the required results.  After all, The Goring is particularly well known for famously hosting The Duchess of Cambridge and her family the night before her Royal wedding back in 2011.

    Most of the windows required a complex 6 over 6 design which Wandsworth's team of expert crafters were easily able to hand produce in their East Sussex workshop.  WSW were approached to supply timber staff and parting beads, ironmongery and weights for this installation.  Due to the exacting standards of the client WSW were confident that they could deliver the products as needed.  Mighton are regular suppliers to WSW and are always able to source and supply what is needed quickly to help keep their jobs on track.  Working in a busy hotel where disruption needed to be kept to an absolute minimum brought with it a few challenges:

    - Works had to keep to the schedule organised with the managerial staff and main contractor

    - Work was required to stop when hotel guests walked past

    - The service lift was used to move materials

    - At the end of every day the working area needed to be tidied to ensure nothing was left behind overnight

    These challenges meant it was important for WSW to recoup precious time by using suppliers they trust to deliver quality products and deliver them quickly and efficiently to ensure the work is completed within the timescale required by The Goring. Goods were supplied quickly, efficiently and as ordered. The high quality of Mighton hardware is known throughout the industry and meant that Mighton was the only choice or partner that WSW would consider.  Mighton were proud to be part of such a successful project.


  • Don't Spoil the Ship

    ….for a ha’porth of tar. This old adage about ruining a good product by being cheap with key components has never been more appropriate than with the new generation of timber windows, says Mighton’s Mike Derham.

    Anyone wandering around this year’s FIT Show could not help but notice the small, but significant presence of timber windows and in all frame styles, confirming their steady return to the home improvement sector.

    Under the unifying battle cry of ‘why install windows manufactured to look like wood, when you can have the real thing?’, the joinery industry believes that the self-inflicted demons that allowed the PVC-U replacement window sector to boom 40 years ago, are now firmly behind it, achieved through advances in timber preservation and joinery production technology.


    As well as quality, a number of other factors are in favour of a return of good quality, timber frames: time, in that many have simply forgotten the often appalling quality softwood frames that were once installed in new homes; and another is, ironically, that PVC-U and aluminium replacement windows and doors have now gone upmarket to meet the price points of timber, especially for those categorised as ‘Heritage’ styled frames. Thus, windows produced in all three framing materials may be presented to homeowners as options, with many who would choose timber if they could be assured of comparative performance.

    Quality is the key to the continued resurgence of timber frames as replacements: but installers buying frames in to offer to their increasingly well-educated and infirmed homeowner customers, should consider not just the manufacturer’s information about the frames, but to also look closely at the quality of the hardware.

    It is our experience from supplying the quality joinery industry with high quality fixings and hardware for 30 years, that despite the passion that often goes into the manufacture of traditional box sash frames, that some producers can be extraordinarily stingy when it comes to the key operating components of their product. The frames may last for years, but because they skimped on the hardware, failures – and consequent call-backs – occur.

    My worry is that with this renaissance of timber frames in the home improvement sector, the pressures of competition will lead producers to cut corners with the hardware, something that will be a huge mistake for products that are making such an impressive come back. Homeowners considering timber windows against alternatives in PVC-U and aluminium, will be doing so because they believe that they are buying and paying for the very best. Their decision will be based on the aesthetics of the timber but also in the overall product, which includes the visible fittings. It will also be based very much on the way the window operates, and whilst cheap hardware may stand the test when installed new in a showroom, any diminishment of performance will be become quickly noticeable when installed, by people that have paid for and expect the very best.

    A surprising number of manufacturers undermine their products – and potentially your reputation - by shortening the viable service life of their products with the installation of cheap hardware. This goes against every instinct that I have as a former manufacturer of timber box sash windows and surely, it makes no sense at all. Installers may make the assumption that as they are selling 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 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 call-backs when the hardware fails.

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



    Bailey HagueHaving recently launched its own brand range of machinery earlier this year, Mighton Products gave some of its customers the opportunity to provide honest reviews of the machines they have purchased. Timber window and door specialists Bailey-Hague Joinery recently purchased one of the latest additions to the range, the Mighton X-Cut™ machine which produces perfect cross-joints on glazing beads, and praised its speed and accuracy.

    “We choose the X-Cut machine because we were hoping the promise of simple set-up and ease of use would make life easier for our employees and improve joint accuracy.” explained Robert Bailey-Hague of the Leeds-based company.

    “Six months on and we wouldn’t change a thing. The machine is quick and easy to set up and has increased not only the speed of our production but also the accuracy. Our Mighton representative set the machine up for us and gave us full training on how to use it. The Mighton demo van visit we booked was really beneficial, and gave us a lot more confidence in our purchase, having seen how the machine worked first.“

    Bailey-Hague Joinery has been a customer of Mighton Products for several years, buying beading and paint and making use of its colour matching service. Set up by Robert 15 years ago after being inspired by his late grandfather to become a skilled carpenter, Bailey-Hague now employs seven people and has become a specialist in the manufacture and installation of bespoke timber windows, doors and kitchens.

    The Mighton machinery range came about after the company saw an opening to devise its own brand range of low-cost machinery, designed to make joinery production quicker, easier and more efficient, as Chairman Mike Derham explains:

    “Our mission when we set about developing these machines was to partner with skilled Craftsmen like Bailey Hague and provide them with products that speed up manufacturing and deliver long lasting end results."

    The semi-automatic X-Cut™ joint cutting machine produces perfect cross-joints on glazing beads and comes complete with tooling to suit the timber profile of the user’s choosing. Accurate and consistent, it allows for simple tool change and no lengthy manuals mean it is simple to set up and easy to operate. The machine is adjustable to accept bead profiles measuring from 9mm to 19mm in height and 12mm to 38mm in width and any lengths over 500mm can be used with the option to add extending arms.

    Demonstrations of any machine in the range are available through the new Mighton Mobile Demonstration Vehicles. The demonstrations give customers the opportunity for a live demo with a Mighton expert, and see first-hand how to get the most out of a potential purchase. There is also a choice of flexible finance options, making the machines easily attainable for small to medium joinery companies.

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


    PR5369As part of its ongoing quest to make joinery production quicker, easier and more efficient for both the small or large-scale operator, Mighton Products recently launched its own brand range of machinery and has reached out to its customers for their reviews on the range.

    Gateshead-based joinery specialist Claremont Joinery purchased both the Mighton X-Cut™ and Scribe-It™ machines and was quick to praise the speed and accuracy of cut the machines gave. “We purchased the machines three months ago as we wanted to improve the ease and speed of production without compromising on accuracy, and I’m pleased to say there isn’t any aspect of the machinery we would change.

    “Production times have improved and there are no bottleneck issues with producing the windows due to waiting for beads to be cut. The machines were incredibly easy to set up and operate following a helpful demonstration from Mighton’s Dale Cook.”

    The semi-automatic Scribe-It™ machine is designed to scribe the end of timber profiles quickly and efficiently, increasing throughput and efficiency. The machine 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 the machine allows for the shaping of the bead to be done in two halves and this method safeguards against issues such as the bead splitting or spelching at the end.

    Producing perfect cross-joints on glazing beads, the semi-automatic X-Cut™ joint cutting machine comes complete with tooling to suit the timber profile of the user’s choosing. Accurate and consistent, it allows for simple tool change and no lengthy manuals mean it is simple to set up and easy to operate. The machine is adjustable to accept bead profiles measuring from 9mm to 19mm in height and 12mm to 38mm in width and any lengths over 500mm can be used with the option to add extending arms.

    Taking advantage of a visit from the Mighton Mobile Demonstration Vehicle, Claremont was able to see the machines working before purchasing. The demonstrations give customers the prime opportunity for a live demo with a Mighton expert, seeing first-hand how to get the most out of a potential purchase and ask any questions they may have. There is also a choice of flexible finance options available, making both machines easily attainable for small to medium joinery companies.

    Chairman Mike Derham said: “We consistently look at ways to develop and improve our product range in order to make it easier for master joiners to produce the highest quality end results in the most efficient way possible. Developing these machines that speed up the manufacturing process and enable us to partner with skilled craftsmen such as Claremont Joinery was always the outcome we were aiming for.”

    With 35 years’ experience in the industry, Claremont Joinery is a family business that has grown into one of the North East’s leading providers of joinery services, earning itself a reputation for quality, bespoke craftsmanship. The company works on both domestic projects and contract work, and has an experienced team to cover all aspects of joinery work.

    Claremont has been purchasing hardware and machines from Mighton for over a decade, and is now looking to using the company’s range of paints and coatings in the near future.

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


    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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