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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Our New Website Is Here!

Family run business launches new website to keep up with customer demand.

A West Midlands manufacturing business that provides much-needed employment to a small Black Country town has launched their new website this week in order to keep up with customer demand.

Howells Patent Glazing, a family run business offers bespoke roof glazing for a variety of applications, working directly with the public and through main contractors.  Throughout their 40 years in business, the Black Country based firm has worked on some huge projects, including Alton Towers, Bourneville College and Windsor Royal Station to name a few.

The new dual purpose website and CRM (Customer relationship management) has been launched in order to accommodate for main contractors, who deal with the construction side and the direct client deals in order to provide an all-round bespoke, tailor made service.

As well as the new website launch, the Patent Glazing firm are in the process of revamping their reception and showrooms. Visitors are always welcome at the main site to look around the two show rooms and watch the products being made.

Gary Howells, Sales Director commented to say “We are really excited about the new focus for our company, we have high hopes that we will go from strength to strength.  We want to be offering all of our customers a tailored solution which overcomes the challenges facing them, from the crucial design stage, right through to final completion and handover.”

For further information, images and quotes please contact: Emily Blakeley at PReach PR via:

Email- emily@preachpr.co.uk

Phone – 0800 023 8125

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

Howells Patent Glazing Limited, a family run West Midlands manufacturing business, have been involved in the supply and installation of patent glazing for over 40 years. This year marks their most successful in terms of sales in the firm’s history.

Employees of the Black Country based firm have over 150 years’ experience within the industry, giving Howells their in-depth expertise in both roof and vertical applications using single or double glazing or polycarbonate sheet.

 Image: Howells’s roof light at Stoke Station

The systems used by Howells are suitable for use in railway stations, shopping centres, schools, retail complexes, heritage buildings, domestic applications and factory units. The range provides for inverted glazing bars to suit various spans. Traditional types of bar such as the heritage wing bar, can also be provided if required.

Howells is able to give customers a bespoke service by providing portal frames and giving advice on the requirement of structural supports.

Howells Patent Glazing offer their own patented system, made from extruded aluminum alloy complying with the BS EN 1999-1-1:2007+A2:2013. Eurocode 9: Design of aluminium structures.

The firm’s bars can be supplied in mill finish, anodized to BS EN ISO 7599:2010. Anodizing of aluminium and its alloys. General specifications for anodic oxidation coatings on aluminium or powder coated in a variety of colours to BS EN 12206-1:2004. Paints and varnishes. Coating of aluminium and aluminium alloys for architectural purposes. Coatings prepared from coating powdering.

Howells has vast experience in Railway station refurbishments, stations that they have worked on include: Windsor royal, Temple Meads, Melton Mowbray, Loughborough, Shrub Hill, Stoke, and Kettering.

The criteria that are to be taken into account when working on railway stations is complex; the main consideration being that, as the stations are never closed whilst works are undertaken. Tracey Jackson from Howells Patent Glazing limited commented to say “We have had to work during the night with sheet or mesh over the exposed areas to ensure the railway stations can still carry on as normal. The type of work we have carried out includes removing old and reinstating overhead glazing using heritage and current patent glazing bars, installing canopies, curtain walling and specialist glazing which included at Windsor a feature leaded semi hemispherical dome.”

Howells’s wide portfolio of specialist projects also includes the prestigious Millennium Point in Digbeth, Birmingham, as well as schools, colleges and nursing homes.

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 contracts value from around £10,000 to a substantial £1,000,000.

Following a record year of sales the patent glazing firm has now diversified into supplying the new PPC coated aluminium bar system and the new VT plus bar, fully thermally broken to meet the ever increasing demand for thermal efficiency, low maintenance materials to combine both modern, traditional and authentic appearance of timber structures.

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For further information, images and quotes please contact: Emily Blakeley at PReach PR via:

Email- emily@preachpr.co.uk

Phone – 0800 023 8125

Mobile – 07817 553 299

 

 

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