TuffX Tackles Weathering Storms

Glass roofing has become big business over the last few years, with design innovations and high performance glasses inspiring consumers to invest.

Replacement roofing for old conservatories as a sector in its own right continues to grow, with homeowners grasping that problems previously associated with every day use can be eradicated thanks to high performance roof glass options.Leading glass processors, TuffX has found that adding light and space continues to drive design led renovation projects and new build conservatory installations. Varying coloured glass tints available are being specified more and more by architects and planners, so subsequently skylights, orangeries and conservatories continue to grow in popularity as concepts develop. The weather however, has previously brought negative overtones to the conservatory industry, with severe damage, corrosion, noise disruption, leaks and temperature control having left the consumer more than disappointed. Restricted use or expensive energy bills have forced the sector to tackle these issues in order to help stimulate market growth and this has been a very positive thing for both manufacturers and builders.

Looking at climate change is an important part of research and development for the TuffX team, as the extremes brought by violent storms and summers of drought will undoubtedly, over time, affect product design and ultimately industry standards. The company believes that uncertainty regarding the weather conditions will come into focus when looking at quality standards in the installation and replacement glass roof markets.

Andrew Hayes, Sales Manager at TuffX believes the popularity of triple glazing will undeniably grow due to the thermal insulation and sound reduction benefits it offers homeowners. Payback for high performance triple glazed units will be fast and this will be a major selling point for installers. The weight of triple glazed units will however be an important consideration for architects and builders to evaluate. The load bearing capacity from foundations up will need extremely careful analysis to accommodate the extra weight that will be added to the roof glass. The TuffX team also believes that triple glazing roof glass also brings design much more into focus.

Andrew Hayes comments, “The dynamics of design will definitely be affected in the conservatory market, as not all manufacturers can produce supersized glass units. Ambi-Max is one of our most popular glass roofing options due to its ability to eradicate problems associated with muntin bars as well as the stunning affect that the larger units have on a finished project. As the popularity of triple glazed roof units begins to increase, our customers can rest assured, that our capability to produce Ambi-Max units in any colour will boost their business potential. Additionally, designers and specifiers will have clear advantages that will not restrict them when it comes to concepts and individuality.”

For more information on the range of high performance roof glass options available in the Ambience range from TuffX please visit the website, www.ambiglass.co.uk or call 0845 3 400 200.

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Date: 17 March 2014
Source: Helen Duval

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