The Sky’s The Limit

Tracey Jackson from Howells Patent Glazing says the firm is aiming high when it comes to the year ahead

At Howells Patent Glazing – a family run West Midlands manufacturing business – we are celebrating a bumper year-end with a long list of prestigious heritage projects and the launch of a new product.

Staff at the Black Country firm have over 150 years combined experience within the industry, giving the firm its in-depth expertise in both roof and vertical applications using single or double glazing or Polycarbonate Sheet as well the traditional type of bars such as the Heritage Wing Bar which is ideal for heritage building projects.

The Heritage Wing Bar has been used on several projects carried out by Howells including Windsor Royal Station and Stoneleigh Abbey

Amongst Howells’s list of projects is Alton Towers in Staffordshire. The project involved the construction of an all new orangery roof to Alton Towers Castle, which forms part of the renowned theme park.

The glazing contract took place over 4 months, with a value of £110,000, and a resolute completion date to align with the park season opening.

The glazing bar was an adaptation of our bestselling HGR 1 rafter bar, adapted to suit the narrow timber rafters, which were considered to be an important part of the original design and appearance of the building.
They have also recently completed a multi facetted Rooflight the heritage site at Beningbrough Hall.

All heritage building projects carried out by Howells Patent Glazing comply with the BS 5516-1:2004 code of practice for design and installation of sloping and vertical patent glazing.

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Howells’s contracts have also included domestic installations of swimming pool covers and conservatories including portal frames, along with industrial/commercial buildings, airports and shopping centres. The firm’s contracts value from around £10,000 to a substantial £1,000,000.

Howells Patent Glazing has been a well-respected manufacturer of patent glazing roof lights and canopies since 1973. Following their most successful year ever for sales the patent glazing firm has recently released their latest product, the Flat Glass Skylight The family run firm undertakes contracts on a supply only or supply and install basis with installation of patent glazing in both roof and vertical applications using single, double glazing or polycarbonate sheet or single, double, triple glazing and now their latest product the Flat Glass Skylight. The firm’s latest product has been specifically designed to bring as much uninterrupted natural daylight into a building as possible without intrusive framing being visible from beneath. The low profile, stylish Skylight is thermally broken for outstanding performance and can be fitted on flat or pitched roofs. Offering maximum natural light exposure the Flat Skylight can be installed either on a builder’s kerb on a flat roof at 4° up to a slope of 15° although 4° is recommended. For installation within a sloped tiled or slated roof it is available from 4° up to a slope of 45°, a triple glazed and walk-on option is also available upon request as is the option for manually or electric openers.

The Skylight is simple to install and can be powder coated to: RAL 9910 Satin bright White on visible internal surfaces and RAL 7021 Matt dark Grey for external surfaces.

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Stock sizes available include: 1m x 1m, 1.5m x 1m and 2m x 1m all of which are factory glazed and sealed to eliminate any leaks and act as an attractive black ceramic border to glass. Bespoke sizes, colours and kerb options are also available to accommodate for one-off requirements.

All of Howells’s products are manufactured at their Black Country factory complex in Cradley Heath and shipped to sites by the firm’s own tailored transport.
Onsite sales, estimating, technical and contracts departments are available to offer requisite support and offer all customers a bespoke and tailor made service.

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