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Profix Proud to Support ‘Building Our Skills’ Industry Initiative

A lack of skills and labour shortages has been a hot topic in the construction industry for a while now and many in the window and door sector are talking about the knock-on consequences for our sector as well as on individual businesses. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors published the results of a survey late last year showing how the problem has been gradually worsening for the last five…

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Are your rental properties efficient enough?

On April 1st new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards were introduced, meaning that around 400,000 homes across England and Wales may be rendered unlettable because they waste too much energy.  The new standards say that all commercial and residential rental properties must achieve a rating of Grade E on Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for any new lettings or lease renewals issued after this date.  Any residential properties on existing tenancies must…

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The Humble Back Door

Spring is the time when many homeowners start their home improvement plans. Regardless of what the housing market is doing, people want homes they can be proud of and this often starts at the entrance.  Creating a grand entranceway to a home is becoming increasing popular and according to property experts they are now a “must” to add kerb appeal and style to a property.  Going beyond the extensive choice…

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External view of Swing and Slide 5 panel folding door with blinds

The Perfect Patio Door Accessory

Whether you’re adding an extension or building a new home, linking the outside with the inside is highly desirable. Thanks to design and engineering innovation in the latest bi-fold and patio doors, huge spans of light are now achievable through larger, undisrupted panes of glass. But as beautiful as it is, having light flooding into your room all the time isn’t necessarily practical, so in parallel to the growth in…

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Profix Puts The Brakes On Bad Windows

The home of Alcon Components Ltd has recently undergone a full office refurbishment, which included a window replacement programme carried out by Profix.  Alcon, established by engineer and sports car racer John Moore, has gone from making brakes for Audi Sport’s Group B Quattro rally cars to providing braking solutions for the top echelons of motorsports, all from their factory and HQ in Tamworth.   To better accommodate the growing…

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The Power Of Social Media

With over 2 billion active users, Facebook represents a huge potential market for us, but it is well reported that it is becoming increasingly difficult to stand out from the crowd.  Videos are helping to combat this, especially on mobile, and over the past year the time people spent watching Facebook Live every day has increased by four times.  Profix has recently enjoyed its own Facebook video success!  Just before…

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Traditional Colours With Modern Day Choices

Who said colour was a modern trend?  As well as window styles varying throughout the ages, fashions in colours have changed as well.  For example, in the 17th Century windows were predominately oak or left unpainted, whereas skipping forward to the 19th Century windows were always painted.  Staining was not a traditional finish.  Many of the colours available were made with natural, earth and mineral pigments, as well as black, which…

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Another Good Year For Profix

2017 has been a good and busy year for The Profix Group. Profix Window Systems and Grand Entrance have been busy in both the social housing refurb sector, as well as new build supply and installations.  It’s our #onecall responsive service, backed up by our comprehensive product range and considerable experience and knowledge of these sectors, that makes us the one-stop-shop for both housing stock refurbishments and new build specifiers, and with…

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Colourful upward growth chart for autumn budget blog

A View To The Budget

Described as ‘make or break’ for the chancellor, the autumn budget included some positive announcements for the housing industry. Touching on key issues surrounding the housing crisis, it indicated there was quite a lot for the industry to get excited about. There’s been a lot of post-budget discussion, and as a whole it’s fair to say we are left feeling ‘positively optimistic’. This is also backed up by the NHBC’s…

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External view of Profix windows in 'chartwell green' colour

Framed With Colour

Colour trends for windows vary to those of doors. Not massively, but there are different considerations. For example, more people choose black for their front door, than they do for their window profile! Anthracite Grey and Chartwell Green have been popular colours for windows (and doors) for some time and look set to continue to be. Grey is particularly popular as consumers try to emulate the sleek, cool look of…

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