Advanced Windows and Conservatories, based in Glasgow, made the biggest move in the company’s history in March, changing window supplier to Spectus and conservatory roof supplier to Ultraframe. As Scotland’s largest fabricator, making over 1,000 frames and 2,000 sealed units a week, the changeover process needed to be smooth and could not disrupt the day-to-day running of the company.
“Although the thought of such a massive change can be unnerving, our figures have improved since the switch,” comments Mark Watson, Owner of Advanced. “Turnover in 2007 was £6.4 million and 2008 is on target to be £8.5 million. The market in Scotland is very buoyant and we take full advantage of this with regular adverts in the Scottish national newspapers. Spectus held us by the hand and guided us through. It’s a company that gets things done. Spectus responded to any query we had with speed and efficiency – fantastic! They have even designed us a brand new sales brochure.”
So what made Advanced consider making such a dramatic change in the first place?
“We needed a product that was proven to perform well in horrendous weather. The conditions in Scotland get worse every year with heavy rain and wind gusting up to 90mph, and many products won’t stand up to the volatile weather. Spectus’ Elite 70 has a proven track record in all sorts of weather - the five chambers improve thermal performance and profile rigidity and the co extruded bubble gaskets provide an excellent seal. It is vastly superior, but also competitively priced.
“The Spectus system has also been tried and tested in countries such as Poland, where the temperature can drop to as low as -40°C, and to the opposite extreme in India. Ultraframe has been tested in North American hurricane states. Sometimes the Scottish weather doesn’t seem so bad after all!”