Our commercial hardware offering still hitting the mark with contractors

16 April 2024

According to last month’s quarterly building briefing from the Building Cost Information Services (BCIS) which examines construction market trends, total new work output fell by 2.1% in 2023, compared with the previous year and is expected to contract by a further 3.2% in 2024 due to recessionary pressures, before returning to growth.

Yet despite the current downturn, demand for Window Ware’s commercial hardware offering has remained assuredly strong, not just throughout last year but for this year so far too.  

Solid sales figures for the first quarter of 2024 prove that Window Ware’s aluminium hardware offering is still hitting the spot with contractors looking to source parts for a wide range of commercial projects, including office refurbishments, new builds, building conversions and school repairs.

When contractors come to Window Ware, they’ll find a carefully chosen range of hardware solutions designed specifically to meet the needs of the commercial fenestration and building maintenance services market. This range includes highly specified products like Caldwell folding openers, Highline electric and manual window controls, Axim Architectural door hardware and a range of bespoke, made-to-measure louvres and glazed-in vents.

Indeed, when it comes to Caldwell folding openers, there’s no bigger or better-stocked distributor in the country than Window Ware. In fact, it’s fair to say we now distribute the lion’s share of all Caldwell folding openers in the UK. These openers have stood the test of time with their strong, accurate and durable aluminium construction to become the go-to choice for many fitters and fabricators. Whether you’re specifying for top hung, open out PVCu, aluminium or steel windows at low or high-level, we have the components to suit. And with our high stock availability and strong expertise, you can be sure you’ll get the sound advice and quick turnarounds you’re after.

Caldwell joined Yale last year and Yale’s Managing Director, Paul Atkinson had this to say:

As the largest UK stockist of our Caldwell folding opener range and a seasoned hardware supplier, Window Ware can offer our customers the dependable stock availability and prompt delivery they need to meet their project deadlines. With Rich Fraser heading up their expert commercial and aluminium hardware team and lending his considerable 30+ years of know how and experience of selling and supporting Caldwell folding openers, their technical expertise and advice is second to none.”

Our choice of electric and manual window controls from Highline is just as extensive.  Window Ware offers a comprehensive selection of manual winding gear, electric actuators, openers, and accessories to operate vents safely and effortlessly on all kinds of top-, bottom- and side-hung windows at any height. Sensor triggered control units that operate windows depending on the temperature or the weather ensure optimum air quality without even lifting a finger!

Our custom-sized glazed-in Airstrip ventilators are also proving increasingly popular with commercial contractors, and it isn’t just the revised Part F ventilation requirements of UK Building Regulations which have pushed up demand. With the growing trend for aluminium windows in domestic and commercial settings, glazed-in vents offer an altogether neater ventilation solution on slim frames that are often too narrow to take traditional through-frame trickle vents.  

Whatever your aluminium louvre requirements, Window Ware has got you covered. Looking for a specific airflow performance? Our made-to-order aluminium louvres can provide physical free areas ranging from 34% to 70%. Need A-rated weather performance for minimum water ingress? Then our DucoGrille Classic 130HP is just the job. We can also add insulation panels and plenum boxes to any of these louvres, plus we can supply full louvre door sets, turrets, and screens, all finished to a high standard with marine grade paint. 

For office, shop or school entrances, our Axim hardware delivers top-quality, tried and tested closing solutions for commercial aluminium and metal doors. The range includes their best-selling TC-series concealed transom closers, panic exit devices, electric strikes, deadlatches and flush bolts to control access and secure entry point reliably and safely.

Richard Fraser, our Business Development Manager for Aluminium said: “At Window Ware, we have decades worth of experience in helping commercial fabricators meet demanding project briefs with our highly specified aluminium hardware.”

Selecting the right hardware in the first instance can make or break any build or installation project. That’s why it pays to choose a hardware provider that can offer practical pre-purchase advice and support to set you up for success!”

"Whether you’re tendering for school window repairs or quoting on an office refurb, our hardware specialists can advise on which products will work best for your specific application to deliver the finish and the functionality your clients are after.”

“With the summer holidays not far away, schools are putting maintenance and repair projects out to bid to get the classrooms ready for September. With the help of our product experts, we can make sure you win the contract with a tender that meets the project brief and stays competitive on price.”

For more information about our commercial aluminium hardware call 01234 242724 or email [email protected].

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