Clearview National December 2015 - Issue 169 - Page 12

INDUSTRYNEWS CPA membership Secures Contracts »»A registered Consumer Protection Association installer, who was recently featured on Channel 5’s Cowboy Builders, says his membership has regularly secured him contracts over competitors who don’t offer Insurance Backed Guarantees. Freeform Construction Services Ltd carries out building and maintenance services in the North West region and specialises in garage conversion projects. Owner Jim Allsop was recently interviewed as an expert for the garage conversion segment of popular property programme Cowboy Builders. The segment centred on a recent project Freeform Construction Services completed in Reddish, where a double garage had been converted into an office space and utility room. The homeowners, Steve and Louise Smith, were over the moon with the results, commenting: “We contacted a number of local builders to quote us but there seemed to be a reluctance to take on the job. The quote from Jim was the exception and when he arrived to look at the space it was immediately clear that he knew exactly what he was dealing with. Although his interview focused on the more positive aspects of the industry, Jim says shows like Cowboy Builders give good builders a bad reputation; and he urged homeowners to seek out reputable companies who offer protection to the consumer when improving their property. Jim comments: “With the CPA we offer a 10 year Insurance Backed Guarantee on all building work we carry out. This gives potential customers increased confidence and has resulted in us securing contracts over competitors who don’t offer this service. “Being a CPA member means you are trusted and gives homeowners instant peace of mind.” Making it easier to choose »»With the growing interest in PVC cladding as a home improvement solution Freefoam Building Products is pleased to announce the launch of two handy online tools to help make choosing cladding for your project easier and simpler, a cladding visualiser and a cladding calculator. Recognising that the majority of home improvement product research is now carried out online, Freefoam has introduced a clever tool to help specifiers, developers and homeowners visualise the Freefoam colour range of cladding products on a variety of house types. With the ability to also select matching or contrasting trims the tool gives users the opportunity to experiment with colour combinations and create a realistic visual representation. Having product quantities to price up a project can be extremely useful. The Freefoam cladding calculator gives customers the opportunity to generate an estimate of the number of boards and packs needed for a project. 12 » DEC 2015 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M The Freefoam cladding range features a choice of smooth woodgrain finish or Fortex® timber effect embossed boards in Shiplap, Double Shiplap and Weatherboard styles. With significant environmental credentials, being awarded an A+ rating from the Building Research Establishment’s (BRE) ‘Green Guide to Specification’ when installed with standard components, the range makes a real alternative to timber and fibre cement products. Colin St John, UK General Manager explained: “With a growing range of external cladding we wanted to help specifiers and home owners see the potential our products can bring to any project. Being able to visualise colour and calculate pack quantities on line makes our products much more accessible to customers and simplifies the decision making process.” Call 01604 591110, email sales@freefoam. com or visit