Howells invest in people: A year of milestone anniversaries

We have a lot to celebrate this year. Alongside our plans of relocation to bigger premises, a second record turnover and new job availability, we also have a whole host of anniversaries for our dedicated staff this month.

Happy Anniversary Dave! To celebrate, here's a replica of one of our rooflights turned into a cake!

Happy Anniversary Dave! To celebrate, here’s a replica of one of our rooflights turned into a cake!

For over 42 years, Howells Patent Glazing have been a well-respected manufacturer of patent glazing, roof lights, canopies and more for both trade and domestic clients. We have carried out works at prestigious venues including Millennium Point in Birmingham, the orangery at Alton Towers, The Royal Albert Docks and The NEC. However, this month we’re dedicating our blog to praise our long standing staff who have a total of over 60 working years with our firm.

Lisa Crowley, Julie Wassell, Sheila Koszary and Alex Montgomery are all celebrating 10 years with us. Dave Bennett, who has also just celebrated his 20 year anniversary with us, has seen many changes to Howells in his time. When he first started with the firm, there were only 5 people working here – A contrast to the 34 employees there are now!

Dave Bennett has been with Howells Patent Glazing for 20 years!

Dave Bennett has been with Howells Patent Glazing for 20 years!

Bennett fondly recalls “the recognition of staff efforts upon the completion of the large profile glazing job we finished at Millennium Point, Birmingham. The Company were so pleased with us all that they supplied an all-expenses paid trip to Belgium for a long weekend. Particular memories include; the Conductor on the train trip to Bruges, The very rough crossing back to Dover, and the additions to the Howells Empire, some 9 months later”.

Sheila Koszary, the firms Marketing Assistant, said “I love working for Howells. Getting positive feedback from direct liaisons with our clients is the best feeling. I hope to be with the firm for many more years and be a part of its inevitable growth. One of my fondest memories from my time with Howells is when we went to see ‘The Nutcracker’ – It was my first time at the ballet, and there aren’t many companies out there who would treat their staff to something so special”.

Sheila Koszary has been with Howells Patent Glazing for 10 years!

Sheila Koszary has been with Howells Patent Glazing for 10 years!

Howells highly-trained and experienced staff are the heart of our business, and are well versed in the glazing industry and exert themselves in each and every aspect of their day-to-day duties. Dedicated to supplying customers with the highest standard of service, our employees truly are the driving force behind our success – and we aren’t afraid of shouting it from the rooftops!

“We are so happy to have such a fantastic and dedicated workforce who together with us want to see Howells improve and prosper.  As a company we are committed to our employees and believe that they come first, as a happy workforce is productive one” said Tracey Jackson, Marketing Manager at Howells Patent Glazing.

The great news is that we aren’t stopping there. We have a new welding apprentice who is just starting at the company, and we are looking for more staff for our installation team and a saw operator. The future of Howells Patent Glazing is looking bright, and our staff are sure to reap the benefits of this great British business!

For more information and services provided by Howells visit:

http://www.howellsglazing.co.uk/howells-commercial-glazing.php

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We’re on the hunt for a new premises after second record breaking year!

We have had our second record breaking year this year, with projects completed for Leeds City College as just one example of our ever-growing portfolio. Howells had the best trading year ever in history, beating last year’s 2.5 million record. Our family run business’ staff have over 150 years’ worth of combined experience within the industry, giving the firm valuable expertise and knowledge that our clients have come to trust.

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This year marks a significant milestone for the company as we have made the decision to move into a larger premises to cater for expansion. Tracey Jackson from our Black Country firm has said “A new premises will need to be larger than what we currently have. We are now working at capacity and employing new staff, so we need something which we can grow into again. We are excited to be moving the business forward and being able to create new opportunities for people in the area”.

Whilst we are looking for a premises at least 50% bigger than our current size (Which is 18000 sq ft), we will remain around the Cradley Heath area. “This area is great for transport links for the Midlands and further afield. The new factory needs to have the same links to the rest of the UK. Staff locality is also important, so we don’t want to change their journey to work too much”.

Our move will also enable us to create new job opportunities in the area. we have already found a new apprentice to be placed in the welding department on a 2 year course that starts in September, and are also looking for a new patent glazing fixing team of at least two people. We hope that this move will continue to provide longevity of the brand, tailored production, and exciting opportunities ahead.

For more information on other services provided by Howells visit:

http://www.howellsglazing.co.uk

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Let the sun shine in! What to consider when looking at roof lights…

When choosing a roof light for your home, there are more than a few important considerations to take into account. Thermal efficiency, ventilation, solar control, safety, aesthetics, cost, maintenance, the list goes on. Sound daunting? Howell’s Patent Glazing have some top tips to help.

Midlands manufacturing firm Howells Patent Glazing (HPG), experts in bespoke roof designs and manufacture, offer their advice to homeowners when it comes to the finer details. With an impressive portfolio, and years of experience, they are on hand to guide buyers through the technical terms and jargon when it comes to selecting a the perfect roof light.

Flat roof skylights offer maximum light exposure, and the integration of specialist supporting bars will create an uninterrupted flow of sunlight due to this design’s framing. There are many options for flat roof lights, including hip ended, gable ended, traditional lanterns and contemporary flat glass types. Walk-on options are available for those with a sense of adventure, with the ability to be incorporated within balcony flooring or roof terraces. Remember – It is essential to use safety glass within any overhead glazing.

Mono Pitched Roof light from Howells Patent Glazing

Mono Pitched Roof light from Howells Patent Glazing

 

Sloping windows can incorporate traditional patent glazing or a fully thermally broken system. The choice of modern solar control glass can be used to good effect in reducing solar gain and glare. As for ventilation, allow fresh air to flow into your home as well as rsunlight by incorporating openers, either manual or electric in operation. Another ventilation option to consider is accompanying roof vents.

Another consideration to think about is the view the glazing will provide, as well as which style will best suit both the interior and exterior of the home. It might be that a different internal finish is require compared to the external profile. Different internal and external profile finishes are available including square, ornate and raked features to suit the application. There are also lots of different profiles available, at varying levels of cost, from slim lines with large glass to more traditional frames.

Pyramid Roof Light from Howells Patent Glazing

Pyramid Roof Light from Howells Patent Glazing

For a more dramatic effect, often favored within more traditional builds, Howells suggest a true lantern roof light that incorporates both slanted and vertical windows. Vertical window height is available in variable, bespoke sizes and allows top-hung opening vents to be situated within the windows. Pyramid, octagon and even dome glazing should also be considered.

Double Hipped Roof Light from Howells Patent Glazing

Double Hipped Roof Light from Howells Patent Glazing

 

Time for everyone’s least favorite chore – Cleaning. Low maintenance, modern glass options that benefit from self-cleaning upgrades make things even easier, and Polyester powder coated aluminum is also considered to be a low maintenance finish to any roof light.

The Midlands based, family run firm undertake contracts on a supply only or supply and install basis with installation of patent glazing in both roof and vertical applications using single, double glazing or polycarbonate sheet or single, double or triple glazing. The firm’s dedicated onsite estimating and sales team provide customers with knowledgeable advice on the type of bar required to fit the purpose of the project.

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New roof light for trade from Howells Patent Glazing

Howells Patent Glazing (HPG) Limited, a family run West Midlands manufacturing business, today launches its latest slim roof light to trade.

The firm’s new slim roof light has been designed to meet the ever demanding thermal efficiency market requirements. Roof lights can be despatched to trade customers in as little as 10 working days.
The slim roof light is constructed from slender thermally broken aluminium using the latest thermally efficient glass types. The stream lined design ensures minimal visual profiles and triple glazed options are also available.

All roof lights are delivered to the client in an assembled form for even more convenience. The slim line roof light can be powder coated to standard colours White RAL 9910 Satin Antracite, Grey RAL 7016 Matt Dual Colour (i.e. Grey externally / White internally)

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The West Midlands based family run firm undertake contracts on a supply only or supply and install basis with installation of patent glazing in both roof and vertical applications using single, double glazing or polycarbonate sheet or single, double or triple glazing. The company’s dedicated onsite estimating and sales team provide customers with knowledgeable advice on the type of bar required to fit the purpose of the project.

HPG now offer a fixing service to clients if required, by employing their own fixing team who are fully qualified to CSCS standard.

Staff at the Black Country firm have over 150 years’ combined experience within the industry, giving Howells their in-depth expertise in both roof and vertical applications using single and double glazing or Polycarbonate sheet as well as traditional types of bars.

All Roof lights provided by Howells are constructed from aluminium, and are fully thermally broken giving superior thermal efficiency coupled with low maintenance and stylish design.

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Howells Patent Glazing offer a range of bars suitable for a range of projects

Midlands manufacturing firm, Howells Patent Glazing (HPG), experts in bespoke roof designs and manufacture, offer a range of glazing bars suitable for a range of projects.

All products manufactured by the family run firm are supplied to main contractors, local builders and end users direct.  HPG’s specialist bars can be used for a wide variety of applications, from patent glazing, through to canopies and roof lights.

All Roof lights manufactured at the company’s Cradley Heath based factory are constructed from aluminium, and are fully thermally broken giving superior thermal efficiency coupled with low maintenance and stylish design. The Black Country based firm also offer quality powder coated finishes to all standard RAL in a colour of the customer’s choice including dual colour (i.e. internal/external different colours). Different internal and external profile finishes are available including square, ornate and raked features to suit the application.

For those north-facing spaces the range of standard and bespoke Northlights are specifically designed to maximise the natural daylight. They come in a range of sloping faces, with glazing or cladding tailored to suit. HPG also supply polycarbonate and glass Monopitch glazing to suit different roof applications.

Northlights can provide the interior of your home with the warmth and brightness of natural daylight. They can brighten a house dramatically while cutting down the need for artificial light. Brightening up dark corners, letting in warmth and providing much needed ventilation make these Rooflights a perfect addition to your project.

The family run firm undertake contracts on a supply only or supply and install basis with installation of patent glazing in both roof and vertical applications using single, double glazing or polycarbonate sheet or single, double or triple glazing. The firm’s dedicated onsite estimating and sales team provide customers with knowledgeable advice on the type of bar required to fit the purpose of the project.

 

For more information on any of the bars mentioned and other services provided by Howells visit:

http://www.howellsglazing.co.uk/howells-commercial-glazing.php

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Howells Patent Glazing showcase bars suitable for a range of applications

Midlands manufacturing firm, Howells Patent Glazing (HPG), experts in bespoke roof designs and manufacture, showcase their latest series of bars suitable for a range of applications.

The family run firm supply their products to main contractors, local builders and end users direct.  HPG’s specialist bars can be used for a wide variety of applications, from patent glazing, through to canopies and roof lights.

All Roof lights manufactured by Howells are constructed from aluminum, and are fully thermally broken giving superior thermal efficiency coupled with low maintenance and stylish design. The Black Country based firm also offer quality powder coated finishes to all standard RAL in a colour of the customer’s choice including dual colour (i.e. internal/external different colours). Different internal and external profile finishes are available including square, ornate and raked features to suit the application.

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HPG’s pyramid roof lights are made to the same high standards as all of their roof light systems. As with their double-hipped roof lights, pitches from 15 to 45 degrees are available. Octagon Roof lights are made to measure with a choice of specifications available. One of the most diverse bar systems offered by HPG is the HGVR-Box Bar System, which is suitable for use on all Roof lights.

Trapezoidal roof vents for pyramid and octagon Roof lights are also manufactured at the company’s Cradley Heath based factory, giving the customer peace of mind that they are dealing direct and not through a franchiser. All Rooflights provided by HPG can be converted into a true lantern Rooflight by adding vertical windows, to give a more traditional heritage look. Vertical window height is variable and allows top-hung opening vents to be situated within the windows.

The family run firm undertake contracts on a supply only or supply and install basis with installation of patent glazing in both roof and vertical applications using single, double glazing or polycarbonate sheet or single, double or triple glazing. The firm’s dedicated onsite estimating and sales team provide customers with knowledgeable advice on the type of bar required to fit the purpose of the project. 

The Black Country based business specialise in bespoke designs that are aesthetically appealing.

For more information on any of the bars mentioned and other services provided by Howells visit:

http://www.howellsglazing.co.uk/howells-commercial-glazing.php

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Howells Patent Glazing showcase impressive range of Glazing Bar systems

Howells Patent glazing Limited (HPG) offers a bar range in their own system to fulfil most overhead glazing needs.

HPG supply their products not only to main contractors, but also to local builders and even end users direct.  The bars can be used for many different kinds of applications, from patent glazing, through to canopies or roof lights.

The family run firm undertake contracts on a supply only or supply and install basis with installation of patent glazing in both roof and vertical applications using single, double glazing or polycarbonate sheet or single, double or triple glazing. All bars are manufactured in the UK and assembled at HPG factory complex in the West Midlands.  Most orders can be accommodated within an 8 week lead time from approval of drawings, if necessary. 

The dedicated onsite estimating and sales team provide customers with knowledgeable advice on the type of bar required to fit the purpose of the project. 

 

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The Black Country based business specialise in bespoke designs that are aesthetically appealing. When putting trust in Howells Patent Glazing as a supplier the family run firm offers all customers a bespoke and tailor made service, working closely with them to fulfil their requirements.

The HGR 1 (Non Structural) system can accommodate a multitude of different thicknesses from 6mm to 48mm by adjusting the length of self-taper. (However 28mm D/G is the standard) Hip, Ridge and Jack bars also available. This rafter glazing bar can be used as a glazing medium on both timber framed, steel and aluminium structures.

Howells’s own patented system is made from extruded aluminium alloy complying with BS1474 designation 6063T6 ancillary components such as flashing, closures weathering and gutters, can be provided from preformed aluminium alloy to BS1470.

The bars can be supplied in mill finish, anodized to BS3987 or powder coated to BS6496 in a wide range of colours.

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Howells Patent Glazing launch new product after most successful year yet

Howells Patent Glazing launch new product after most successful year yet

Howells Patent Glazing (HPG) a family run manufacturing company has been a well-respected manufacturer of patent glazing roof lights and canopies since 1973. Following their most successful year ever for sales the patent glazing firm has recently released their latest product, the Flat Glass Skylight.

The family run firm undertake contracts on a supply only or supply and install basis with installation of patent glazing in both roof and vertical applications using single, double glazing or polycarbonate sheet or single, double, triple glazing and now their latest product the Flat Glass Skylight.

 

 

 

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The firm’s latest product is unrivalled in its quality and performance and has been specifically designed to bring as much uninterrupted natural daylight into a building as possible without intrusive framing being visible from benea

The low profile, stylish Skylight is thermally broken for outstanding performance and can be fitted on flat or pitched roofs. Offering maximum natural light exposure the Flat Skylight can be installed either on a builder’s kerb on a flat roof at 4° up to a slope of 15° although 4° is recommended. For installation within a sloped tiled or slated roof it is available from 4° up to a slope of 45°, a triple glazed and Walk-on option is also available upon request as is the option for manually or electric openers.

The Skylight is simple to install and can be powder coated to: RAL 9910 Satin bright White on visible internal surfaces and RAL 7021 Matt dark Grey for external surfaces. Stock sizes available include: 1m x 1m, 1.5m x 1m and 2m x 1m all of which are factory glazed and sealed to eliminate any leaks and act as an attractive black ceramic border to glass. Bespoke sizes, colours and kerb options are also available to accommodate for one-off requirements.

All of Howells’s products are manufactured at their Black Country factory complex in Cradley Heath and shipped to sites by the firm’s own tailored transport. Onsite sales, estimating, technical and contracts departments are available to offer requisite support and offer all customers a bespoke and tailor made service.

For more information on any of the products and services offered by Howells Patent Glazing please visit:http://www.howellsglazing.co.uk/

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After a record year for sales Howells Patent Glazing boast a wide portfolio of prestige contracts

After a record year for sales Howells Patent Glazing boast a wide portfolio of prestige contracts

Howells Patent Glazing (HPG) Limited, a family run West Midlands manufacturing business are celebrating a bumper year-end with a long list of prestigious heritage projects.

Staff at the Black Country firm have over 150 years combined experience within the industry, giving the firm its in-depth expertise in both roof and vertical applications using single or double glazing or Polycarbonate Sheet as well the traditional type of bars such as the Heritage Wing Bar which is ideal for heritage building projects.

The Heritage Wing Bar has been used on several projects carried out by Howells including Windsor Royal Station, Stoneleigh Abbey and most recently Beningbrough Hall.

Amongst Howells’s list of impressive projects is Alton Towers in Staffordshire. The project involved the construction of an all new orangery roof to Alton Towers Castle, which forms part of the renowned theme park. The glazing contract took place over 4 months, with a value of £110,000, and a resolute completion date to align with the park season opening. The glazing bar was an adaptation of Howells’ bestselling HGR 1 rafter bar, adapted to suit the narrow timber rafters, which were considered to be an important part of the original design and appearance of the building. This was an exciting eye-catching project for Howells and is a fantastic representation of the bespoke, high standard of work they carry out.

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 All heritage building projects carried out by Howells Patent Glazing comply with the BS 5516-1:2004 code of practice for design and installation of sloping and vertical patent glazing.

Howells’s contracts have also included domestic installations of swimming pool covers and conservatories including portal frames, along with industrial/commercial buildings, airports and shopping centres. The firm’s contracts value from around £10,000 to a substantial £1,000,000.

 

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Howells Patent Glazing help spread Christmas cheer in the local community!

As a business we like to do what we can to help support the local community, Ellowes Hall Sports College in Dudley held their annual Christmas meal for the elderly on Friday 12th December and this gave us the perfect opportunity to give something back to the local people.

Our donation to the senior citizens Christmas dinner enabled them to invite extra people and extend the numbers to 115. Our donation also helped them to buy more prizes for the raffle.

 It was such a worthwhile project, supporting the local community whilst at the same time spreading Christmas cheer!

We are looking forward to the next one!

 

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