The good news is that the CPA predicts positive market conditions in the short term with demand holding up at least until the Autumn, but the bad news is that it anticipates tougher times ahead. In the retail home improvement market, which is particularly exposed to the cost-of-living crisis, output is actually expected to fall by 3% overall in 2022 and by a further 4% in 2023, albeit from the record highs of the post Covid boom.
What then can builders and installers working at the sharp end of the industry do now so that they do more than just weather the storm which seems to be on the way?
From our perspective, the most obvious answer is to choose the right supplier and make sure that they are adding real value to your business. At AluFold Direct, there are five key elements to our offering which we think put us head and shoulders above the competition:
We’ve been doing this for more than 30-years and there’s virtually nothing we don’t know about fabricating aluminium windows and doors. Our state of the art set up is worlds away from the traditional one man and his saw aluminium factories that sprung up in the early 2000s, and it allows us to offer the kind of predictable, precision quality that you would normally associate with the high-tech engineering sector.
We offer free expert training on how to fit all of our products at our own purpose-built Academy here in Blackburn. Time invested here will pay for itself many times over when it comes to winning recommendations from happy customers and avoiding costly remedials. You’ll also be added to the list of expert installers we recommend to homeowners – and you’d be surprised just how many of them get in touch with us to ask for help with their installations.
Part of the reason some of our competitors are still struggling with lead times is that they simply don’t have the resources to invest in stock. That’s not the case here. We’ve got more than £1m worth of stock in our warehouse currently, which means we can guarantee two-week delivery on standard glazed stock items and one week on unglazed stock items, And remember, we also deliver anywhere in the UK for free.
Our showroom is your showroom. You’re welcome to bring your customers here to see our full range of product options – from bifolds and sliders to windows and the new Xenlite roof lantern and let them judge the design and the quality for themselves.
Our team are passionate about what they do. They’re always happy to help with pricing and quoting and advise on any technical, legislative or onsite query.