Clearview National October 2017 - Issue 191 - Page 35

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS install, and those that buy-in and install. While there are exceptions, those that fabricate tend to be larger and have fared better financially. Installers have diversified; extending their range of products to include additional niche window/door products and other home improvements such as garage doors and driveways. One of the most exciting opportunities for installers is renewed interest in conservatories, although the nature of the product is changing. Consumer demand for replacing conservatories or conservatory roofs with better performing, all-year-round solutions has risen sharply, while over the last 3 years several major suppliers have launched new solid roof solutions giving installers the opportunity to increase order values and provide larger, more complex home extensions. INDUSTRYNEWS New product innovations have led to a notable increase in companies investing in showrooms, which is counter- intuitive in today’s online market place. Indeed, the number of showrooms has increased from 3473 in 2014 to 3796 in 2017, reversing a trend in earlier years. While the number of installers fitting PVC-U windows and doors has remained largely unchanged, since 2014 there has been a 40% increase in firms offering aluminium and a 25% increase in timber installers. 6,353 installers now offer aluminium and 5,468 offer timber products. Trade counters continue to evolve with a notable increase in acquisitions over the last year as companies focus on distribution channels and volume. 876 trade counter depots now supply windows, doors and conservatories, supplying both small installation companies and a rapidly increasing number of builders who offer this product range. Indeed, the number of builders who buy-in windows, doors and conservatories stands at 15,739 firms, well ahead of the 9,553 traditional double-glazing installers who buy-in frames. THE INSIGHT REPORT The full Insight Report provides in-depth analysis of the industry, including product information, markets and financial data. For a copy of the report contact Insight Data on 01934 808293 or email C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » O C T 2017 » 35