UPDATED NATIONWIDE DELIVERY DAYS FOR CONSERVATORY ROOF GLASS

We’ve updated our delivery days by postcode for conservatory roof glass orders, along with adding some additional added value services such as Pre 10 and AM delivery options, delivery on non-scheduled is also an option – effectively leading to reduced lead times. We remain the only roof glass manufacturer to offer a complete UK wide delivery service. Please take time to read, and circulate within your business, the two documents below:

SMARTGLASS Postcode Delivery Days July 17

SMARTGLASS Logistics July 17

FIRST SMARTGLASS DYNAMIC INSTALLATION, DELIGHTS HOMEOWNER

The first ever installation of SMARTGLASS® Dynamic has resulted in overwhelming praise from the homeowner of the newly refurbished conservatory, that has benefited from this revolutionary, wireless, self-tinting glass technology.

Phil Stow approached Clayton Glass in February 2017, before the commencement of his conservatory refurbishment project in Houghton on the Hill, Leicester, about the performance characteristics of specialist conservatory glass on dull days. He had already specified SMARTGLASS Ultimate, one of the best performing conservatory roof glass types in the sector.

Jason McCabe, commercial and site director of Clayton Glass, suggested that SMARTGLASS® Dynamic would outperform any other conservatory roof glass on hot sunny days, yet provide light transmission, very close to that of a standard IGU on duller days. The quote below is taken directly from an e-mail received on 3rd May from Phil Stow.

He commented: ‘My conservatory refit by Mike Jarvis of Custom Conservatories is nearly complete, and I currently have a couple of Ultimate panes which will be replaced next week. This has allowed me to compare and contrast the products literally side by side.

He continued: ‘The Ultimate glass, which was my initial choice, is a pretty glass which performs well and I’m sure I would have been very happy with it. The Dynamic glass however, is in a completely different league in my opinion. In a clear state like your literature states it performs similar to standard glass, giving true colours of the outside world. Furthermore, on dull days, the light transmitted is clearly noticeable as greater than the Ultimate. So far, I cannot comment on hot day performance, but when the sun did briefly emerge and the outside temperature was around 14 Celsius the Dynamic magically tinted to the colour of Ultimate.’

And finally, he added: ‘SMARTGLASS® Dynamic is a fantastic product and I hope it produces the success for Clayton Glass you deserve for developing it. Thank you once again for letting me be one of the first customers to appreciate it.’

Jason McCabe, commercial and site director enthused: ‘That’s an incredible testimonial from a homeowner who is already embracing dynamic living, thanks to SMARTGLASS® Dynamic. Without question this is the future for domestic glazing, particularly in the roofing plane and we look forward to building further sales and working with key partners to bring this technology to the mass market.’

For a free SMARTGLASS® Dynamic sample kit and a 2017 Product Guide, e-mail enquiries@smart-glass.co.uk or call the sales office on 01207 288200. You can also add to their growing Twitter following @ClaytonGlass and find further product information at http://www.smart-glass.co.uk.

CLAYTON PRODUCE SMART-EST PRODUCT GUIDE YET

imageClayton Glass have just produced a new 20-page Product Guide that’s packed with their expanded range of SMARTGLASS® products for the conservatory, bi-folding and patio door sectors, including the latest ground breaking, self-tinting Dynamic glass.

The new Product Guide includes technical performance characteristics of their market leading conservatory roof glass range, that now includes the flagship Ultra 86 solution, which is they believe, the best performing glass of its type in the UK market at present. It boats a G-value of 14% and like all products in the SMARTGLASS® roof range, comes with warm edge technology and true self cleaning properties as standard.

SMARTGLASS®-W is the industry’s first dedicated range of glass for conservatory frames which is also detailed in the new guide and it’s also designed for the bi-folding and patio door market. The key property of this product is the fact that it is designed to vastly reduce the impact of solar heat gain, a characteristic certainly not welcomed in any conservatory environment.

The recently launched SMARTGLASS® Dynamic product, is the industry’s first automatically self-tinting, glass technology for conservatories, Orangeries and other glazing elements and is also detailed in the Product Guide. With availability in any shape and a 10-14 day turnaround on orders, along with a clever interactive market tool, it’s a new development that’s already generating considerable interest.

Jason McCabe, commercial and site director for Clayton Glass commented: ‘The Product Guide is very much the bible for conservatory, bi-folding and patio door glass with our unrivalled SMARTGLASS® range. There are technical tables and charts, along with flagship products that really help set us apart and make us the glass partner of choice in the sector.’

For a FREE 2017 Product Guide or SMARTGLASS® Dynamic sample kit, e-mail enquiries@smart-glass.co.uk or call the sales office on 01207 288200. You can also add to their growing Twitter following @ClaytonGlass and can find further product information at http://www.smart-glass.co.uk.

SMARTGLASS DYNAMIC SAMPLE KIT AVAILABLE NOW

Simple effective sales aid to demonstrate our new self tinting, wireless glass technology. Available in bespoke sizes, shaped and with a 10 day lead time.

Order your free sample kit today. Enquiries@smart-glass.co.uk

SMARTGLASS REVEAL PIONEERING, SELF-TINTING GLASS TECHNOLOGY FOR CONSERVATORIES

dynamic Glass have just launched SMARTGLASS® Dynamic, the industry’s first automatically self-tinting, glass technology for conservatories, Orangeries and other glazing elements.

This new glass technology represents the dawn in a new era of dynamic conservatory living, but importantly for installers, can be handled in the same way as any other glass unit, is simple to install and will be manufactured in any shape within 10-14 days. It’s also at an acceptable price point from the installation company’s point of view and that of tech savvy consumers looking for the latest must have product.

In the middle of summer SMARTGLASS® Dynamic will change from a clear state in the morning to a deep blue during the day where solar control and light shading is needed most, yet as the unit cools will go back to clear at the end of the day and into the night. At all other times of day and season, this glass innovation will offer various semi-tinted states, depending upon surface temperature of the glass. In it’s clear state, this glass technology offers a similar light transmission to a standard clear glass unit.

From a technical perspective the solar factor (G-value) of SMARTGLASS® Dynamic, with Suntuitive inside, varies from 10-34%, boasting light transmission of 6-60% and offers a U-value of 1.2 W/m2K. From a solar control standpoint, it offers the best performance of any conservatory roof glass in the UK and with many standard roof glass offerings only able to achieve a G-value of 40%, outperforms these even in a clear state, with the considerable added benefit of acting dynamically from 10-34%, 365 days a year.

As one of the most exciting glass developments for the conservatory sector in over a decade, Clayton Glass have developed a unique SMARTGLASS® Dynamic sample kit. This handy sized, working interactive marketing tool, highlights the unique characteristics of this pioneering glass technology, in a clever and engaging way.’

Jason McCabe, commercial and site director of Clayton Glass commented: ‘This is quite simply the most exciting glass development to hit the conservatory and domestic glazing markets I’ve seen in my career. It’s commercially viable from a manufacturing, installation and sales and marketing perspective and we’re expecting considerable interest in the product.’

For a free SMARTGLASS® Dynamic sample kit and a 2017 Product Guide, e-mail enquiries@smart-glass.co.uk or call the sales office on 01207 288200. You can also add to their growing Twitter following @ClaytonGlass and find further product information at http://www.smart-glass.co.uk.

BI-FOLDS GET THE SMARTGLASS TREATMENT

SMARTGLASS-WThe SMARTGLASS® brand from Clayton Glass is synonymous with cutting edge performance of glass in conservatories and now the same technology has been bought to the bi-folding and patio door markets, with SMARTGLASS®W.

Typically, the glass used in ‘A’ rated and above windows is designed with an element of solar heat gain within the calculations. This is all well and good in typical domestic properties for replacement windows, but where there are large areas of glass, this is the exact opposite of what is required from a technical standpoint, when there is on average 5m2 of glass in a typical bi-folding door that is 2100mm high x 3000mm wide, assuming 80% glass coverage.

SMARTGLASS®W has been designed to minimise solar heat gain in bi-folding and patio doors, along with all conservatory side frames and there are three variants in the range. All boast warm edge technology, argon filling and a U-value of 1.0W/m2K, with enhanced versions offering anti-fade properties, true self-cleaning properties, along with enhanced acoustics and security.

The cost differential between the entry level SMARTGLASS®W and the typical glass used in ‘A’ rated windows is marginal, yet the performance differential is considerable. There’s also the benefit of deliveries direct to site to any UK mainland postcode within the Clayton Glass fleet of vehicles, 5 days a week and with am delivery option.

Jason McCabe, commercial and site director of Clayton Glass commented: ‘We’re a market leader by example and our SMARTGLASS®W product fully reflects our vision as a glass innovator and pioneer. Technically better performing glass for bi-folding and patio doors is great for the sector, with the obvious sell on opportunities for installation businesses eager to capitalise on a sales hook.’

For further information on the SMARTGLASS® range visit http://www.smart-glass.co.uk, e-mail enquiries@smart-glass.co.uk or call the sales office on 01207 288200. You can also add to their growing Twitter following @ClaytonGlass.

SMARTGLASS OFFERS PROFESSIONAL PRODUCT GUIDE

Clayton Glass has just launched a new 20-page product guide for its market leading SMARTGLASS® range of specialist glass for bi-folding and patio doors, conservatory side frames and roofs.

 This new 20 page brochure has been designed to offer the trade a single point of reference for all products within the SMARTGLASS® range, but also in a format that can be readily used by consumers. This handy reference guide is a perfect accompaniment to the widely used product swatches and the latest glossy coffee table brochure from the glass brand.

 The first part of the product guide is dedicated to the impressive conservatory roof glass range which offers a range of solutions including Ultra 86, the best performing glass of its kind in the UK. The middle section highlights the benefits of SMARTGLASS®-W, which is the industry’s first dedicated glass for conservatory wall glazing and has also been developed for patio and bi-folding door glass, where excessive solar heat gain is often an issue.

 Performance characteristics and availability of tints are shown in each section and there’s a dedicated technical section at the end of this important and powerful product guide. This includes a technical summary of all the products with several tables and charts and a list of common, frequently asked questions.

 Jason McCabe, commercial director of Clayton Glass commented: ‘The new product guide is comprehensive and has been designed for both consumers and the trade, offering exacting technical information and features of each product in the range. Our SMARTGLASS® brand is synonymous with performance and innovation, whilst Clayton Glass is renowned for quality and customer service, making for a complete specialist glass package for the trade.’

For further information on the SMARTGLASS® range visit http://www.smart-glass.co.uk, e-mail enquiries@smart-glass.co.uk or call the sales office on 01207 288200. You can also add to their growing Twitter following @ClaytonGlass.

SMARTGLASS ULTRA86: SETS THE CONSERVATORY STANDARD

SMARTGLASS Ultra 86 Sets the Conservatory StandardClayton Glass continue to push the boundaries in terms of what is technically achievable in conservatory glass with the launch of SMARTGLASS® Ultra 86. This glass sets new standards in terms of solar control, and with a G Value of just 0.14 it’s some 18% better than the nearest competitor. Its use is therefore recommended for the most demanding of conservatory installations.

SMARTGLASS® Ultra 86 is the very pinnacle in terms of glass technologies for conservatory, lantern roofs and glazed roof areas and currently is unsurpassed in the UK market. It reflects an impressive and sector leading 86% of the sun’s rays, while still offering a 15% visible light transmission, with a U-value of 1.0 W/m2K,

This new SMARTGLASS® Ultra 86 development is available in an ultra-blue tint with true self cleaning and warm edge technologies, which is the standard across the SMARTGLASS® range. It’s also available in 5-7 working days direct to any UK postcode and with the additional option of a pre-midday delivery from Clayton Glass, IGU Manufacturer of the Year 2015 in the National Fenestration Awards.

This new super-performance glass is also part of a range of solutions that includes the pioneering switchable SMARTGLASS® Dynamic, powered by SageGlass for lantern roofs and the recently introduced SMARTGLASS®W. This is the industry’s first dedicated glass for conservatory side frames and bi-folding doors, where solar heat gain needs to be minimised.

Jason McCabe, commercial director of Clayton Glass commented: ‘Yet again we’re pushing the boundaries of what is capable for conservatory and glazed roofing areas in terms of solar control and overall technical specification. SMARTGLASS® is the sector leader and for good reason, it’s the most comprehensive and capable range of glass in the sector and backed up by our renowned quality and service.’

For further information on the SMARTGLASS® range visit http://www.smart-glass.co.uk, e-mail enquiries@smart-glass.co.uk or call the sales office on 01207 288200. You can also add to their growing Twitter following @ClaytonGlass.

A MODERN DAY CONSERVATORY SPECIFICATION

The latest Palmer Report suggest that the conservatory market is once again returning to growth after 11 years of decline. Jason McCabe, commercial director of Clayton Glass highlights current conservatory design and convention and outlines his vision for the future.

Much has been discussed about the plight of the conservatory sector and at it’s peak a good proportion of the 300,000 installations were small, polycarbonate glazed designs. They proved to be cheap additions for homeowners looking to add valuable extended living space into what is in comparison to our European neighbours, a very small footprint.

But today’s conservatory is very much different in terms of specification and design and so is now attracting new types of consumers. There are those that will be second or even third time conservatory buyers who like the light and airy nature of a conservatory, yet want to benefit from the latest value added accessories.

But the sector is also attracting first time buyers, who now like the appeal of these new accessories, but also the new foiled finishes and they even fully embrace the latest glass technologies, such as those found in our unparalleled SMARTGLASS range.  Glass is at the very heart of these latest conservatory designs and polycarbonate as a roofing material has fallen away at the same rate as the conservatory sector, with glass now accounting for around 80% of all installations, with this proportion increasing year on year.

But what does the modern day conservatory look like? The definition isn’t so clear cut with a number of add-ons available, including the latest internal perimeter ceilings as conservatory design morphs into that of the traditional single story extension market and so the builders market and that of the typical conservatory installer, moves every closer.

These new internal perimeter ceilings are a perfect means to add spotlights and they also add a degree of insulation at the eaves. When combined with the new fashion for brick piers and the adoption of a gutter shroud, the humble PVCu conservatory looks more like cleverly engineered, design-led additional living space. In addition to brick piers we have also seen the emergence of Loggia, which is a range of insulated corner posts in a range of colours, adopts architectural design and supports the desire from consumers for more colour.

The market for rooflights has also grown strongly in recent years from a very niche market to one in which most of the major systems companies are now fully engaged, with some manufacturers now boasting over one hundred each and every week. Many kitchen extensions now for example incorporate a rooflight and a large set of bi-folding doors, the clearest indication yet that we are as obsessed about the back of our houses as the front.

We have also seen the emergence of the tiled roof sector, which those involved in their manufacture and specification will claim that their sales will surpass those of conservatories, something that I’m not sure will happen. I believe hybrid roofs are the next obvious step combining the solid feel of a tiled roof with the opportunity for glazing apertures in key locations in the roof.

Indeed, I have heard a number of instances where installation companies have followed up enquiries for these new solid, tiled roofs only to sell them a value added and feature rich conservatory. This all goes to suggest that consumers love the appeal of glass, after all it’s our link to the world outside. The latest research from Velux, global leaders in roof windows, further emphasizes this proposition, stating that 68 per cent of UK residents rate the amount of daylight entering a property as ‘important’ or ‘very important’ when looking for a new home.

While our SMARTGLASS range has become a market leader in the sector, we are still looking to push the boundaries in what we can achieve in glass. SMARTGLASS-W is the first ever dedicated range of glass for conservatory doors and windows and has been designed to minimize solar heat gain in stark contrast to the glass used in ‘A’ rated windows for example. We’ve even been able to incorporate all of the features from our specialist roof glass, to help make for a single glazing solution throughout the entire conservatory.

But for those of you that want a sneak preview of the glazing for the future, you should visit our stand at the FIT Show in the Innovation Zone on stand A30. We’ll be launching SMARTGLASS Dynamic, powered by SageGlass, the industry’s first commercially viable switchable glass for rooflights.

FIT Show First with Sage Glass Installation at Telford

Sage Glass FIT showEXTRAORDINARY FIT SHOW FIRST AS SAGEGLASS LAUNCHES IN UK WITH PERMANENT INSTALLATION IN TELFORD EXHIBITION HALLS

In a dramatic move to provide a live-showcase for its product, US-based manufacturer of electronically tintable SageGlass® is introducing the product to the UK at a trade show for the glass and glazing industries by replacing an entire glass wall at the Telford exhibition centre home of the event.

132 conventional glass units with a total area of 314 metres2 will be replaced permanently with SageGlass® Lightzone™ in advance of the launch of the product at The Fabricator Installer Trade (FIT) Show, the trade event for the UK window, door, glass and conservatory industries. The installation will allow the real-world demonstration of SageGlass Lightzone, which allows the creation of up to three variable tint zones within a single pane of glass, throughout the three days of the event which takes place on 12th, 13th and 14th April 2016 at The International Centre, Telford.

When installed the glass will be automatically controlled by four external light sensors which detect predetermined light levels at which the SageGlass will tint from the clear state of 60% light transmission, in four stages down to only 1% light transmission. All cable and controls are integrated in to the system and are easily installed in the existing curtain walling. Tinting and therefore light levels may be also controlled through a special SageGlass Mobile App.

SageGlass, a product of Saint-Gobain, the leading producer of flat glass in Europe and number two worldwide, chose the event and the dramatic decision to install its product ahead of the show due to the concentration of glazing industry professionals that will be attending The FIT Show.

In addition, the company’s partner on the UK Conservatory market, County Durham based Clayton Glass, will be featuring SageGlass on its stand at the event.

Further information on SageGlass at The FIT Show may be found at: http://tinyurl.com/necsab3.

The Fabricator Installer Trade (FIT) Show takes place at The International Centre Telford on 12th, 13th 14th April 2016. Register for FREE tickets at: www.fitshow.co.uk/register

SMARTGLASS gets a new home

We’re delighted to announce our new SMARTGLASS consumer website goes live this week, the new home for all information regarding this flagship roof brand. With an interactive product selector for both roof and walls, downloadable consumer brochure, gallery and technical hub it’s the ideal starting place for any potential retail customer to start their research.

This hi-visual site details full technical specification for the new 3 tier product range, from standard SMARTGLASS though PLUS+ to the ULTIMATE products, detailing the features and benefits of each and their potential uses. Likewise for our new SMARTGLASS-W, the range is explained in full ensuring the customer is fully acquainted with the important and unique extra properties this new range has to offer.

Linking the 2 products is our all new product selector, allowing the customer to enter the geographical aspect of the site together with technical and aesthetic requirements, and returning a bespoke result of the perfect wall and roof glazing configuration for the individual project.

The site is live now, fully optimised for mobile use too, whichever handheld device you choose to browse on.

Visit us at www.smart-glass.co.uk

A New Glass Era for Conservatories

We’re not just looking at specialist glass for roofs, but now the whole glazed area for conservatories, explains Jason McCabe, commercial director of Clayton Glass, the company behind the dominant SMARTGLASS® brand. 

The dynamics in the conservatory sector have fundamentally changed over the last decade. As volumes have fallen back slightly, the adoption of specialist glass as a roofing material has grown impressively and it now dominates sales for installation companies. Conservatory sizes have also increased, as have the overall specifications for conservatories, so what’s next?

With the increased adoption of larger and more complex shapes, along with new foiled finishes, the typical white 3×3 polycarbonate glazed conservatories seem to be a legacy of the last decade, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Margins were tight and product innovation was lacking and so the increase in specifications and adoption of pseudo-orangeries in recent years has bolstered the prospects for many.

But I believe one of the biggest changes in the way we both manufacture and promote conservatories is about to happen in the form of technically balanced glazing throughout the entire conservatory and that includes all doors, windows and gable ends. It is with this in mind that we created SMARTGLASS®W, the sector’s first dedicated range of clear glass specifically designed for conservatory doors and windows.

The considerable developments in glass over recent years have been able to do much to regulate the temperature gain through the conservatory roof, but have not yet been transferred to the vertical plane. Often instead, in part due to the influence of Window Energy Ratings scheme, and in part due to a lack of knowledge or just for ease, typically C or even A-Rated specifications may be used as the default.

Although this can help in the winter, such products are actually designed to give a good level degree of solar heat gain, something clearly unwanted during the summer in a conservatory environment. Faced with 3 externally glazed areas the issue is magnified and often problematic, hence the development of our new wall glasses which, exactly like our roof range, tackle both the summer heat and the winter cold in the same unit.

While the very first Victorian conservatories were designed to house tropical plants, the modern derivative is designed to offer a cost effective glazed extension to the home and a link to the world outside. Conservatories have and do suffer from the issues of solar heat gain, harmful UV rays and organic dirt, which have been addressed in the roofing area, but up until now not for the doors and windows in the vertical plane.

The launch of a dedicated range of specialist glass for conservatory walls is something our customers are eager to take up. Everyone is happy as installers can differentiate and increase margins, whilst the homeowner gains a genuinely better engineered and more temperate glazed extension to the home. The additional cost to upgrade from Low E glass to standard SMARTGLASS-W for example is moderate, yet the performance differential is huge within a conservatory.

As we continue to look at new ways in which to develop specialist glass solutions, our standard SMARTGLASS-W glass offering for conservatory side frames is almost 3 times better than standard clear glass for heat retention, offers 227% more solar control than standard clear glass and benefits from warm edge technology. We believe this should be the minimum standard for all conservatory door and window glazing in the future.

As much of the specialist conservatory roof glass on the market can seem over complex, in common with our SMARTGLASS roofs we’ve kept our new range to a simple 3-tier strategy. Added value features such as enhanced security and acoustics and the ability to block out 98% of the sun’s harmful UV rays are included as the range progresses.  Bleaching and physical damage to soft furnishings can be almost totally eliminated through the side walls and we’ve even added a flagship product that offers the same true self cleaning technology in the doors and windows, as well as in the roofing area.

I firmly believe that we are entering a new glass era for conservatories and one in which will offer consumers a complete, smarter glazed solution throughout. As an industry we need to innovate to ensure we keep on attracting new first time buyers of conservatories and importantly, those second time purchasers who will be primed for some of the latest upgrades both in glass specification and in the overall design of a conservatory. While the growth in the newly emerging solid insulated roof market is strong, conservatories and the desire for a glazed extension still dominates the consumer sector.

Smarter conservatory glass literature launched

Bringing innovation and a new stimulus to the conservatory roof glass market, Clayton Glass has just launched a new luxury, 22 page consumer brochure to promote their range of SMARTGLASS® products. This includes their latest SMARTGLASS®-W for side frames, and the brochure is supported by a separate and clever SMARTGLASS® Selector tool. Contact customer services for your free copies on 01207 288200 or download from our dedicated website.

SMARTGLASS consumer literature

NEW SMART Selector is born

smart selectorOver the past few months we’ve been busy working on a number of new SMARTGLASS marketing initiatives and we’ll have an all new brochure by the end of the month and a brand new website in July. The SMARTGLASS range is being updated and rebranded in a 3 tier structure, and we’re launching SMARTGLASS-W, an exciting range of wall glasses for conservatory side frames.

These products, as good as they are, serve no use to anyone without the knowledge and tools to be able to sell them, to demonstrate and explain the benefits to the end user and of course to gain value and profit in the supply chain for everyone. Our finished suite of marketing material will therefore consist of a new consumer website, beautiful 22 page brochure, glass sample colour guide and the latest addition will be our brand new product selector, pictured here.

We recognise in these days of Apps for everything it’s a bit old school, but it is essentially a quick reference guide for the consumer to the three tiers of SMARTGLASS and SMARTGLASS-W. As you rotate the cover it takes you through the roof glass range, giving all the relevant technical data and availability. Simultaneously, in the lower section is recommended the corresponding SMARTGLASS-W wall glass, detailing the features and benefits here.

By encouraging the customer to consider their conservatory wall and roof glass as a matching SMARTGLASS set it ensures they get some unique and maybe surprising benefits, giving the very best possible result in terms of all round room comfort and usability, whilst adding value for the supply chain. It’s a concept we believe in very strongly and we’ll be in touch further over the coming weeks to offer training and advice.

NEW: SMARTGLASS FOR CONSERVATORY DOORS AND WINDOWS

SMARTGLASS -WClayton Glass have just launched SMARTGLASS®W, the industry’s first dedicated range of glass that’s been specifically designed for conservatory doors and windows.

SMARTGLASS® has become the dominant brand for conservatory roof glass over the last 10 years, offering a range of products that are unsurpassed in terms of performance and backed by the product quality and operational accuracy that they have become renowned for. By working closely with their customer base of systems companies, fabricators and installers, the company has developed SMARTGLASS®W which offers consumers the same market leading performance in their side frames and their conservatory roof together, as a complete package.

Sold with a three tier proposition, the standard SMARTGLASS®W typically offers 240% more solar control than standard glass, is almost 3 times better than clear glass for heat retention and benefits from warm edge technology. The upgrade to SMARTGLASS®W Plus+ additionally provides enhanced security and acoustics, and blocks out 98% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, which have proven to damage soft furnishings in conservatories over the years. Better still SMARTGLASS®W Ultimate offers all these key features, along with a true self-clean coating, helping conservatory owners enjoy a clear vision of the world outside.

There has already been considerable interest from a number of existing customers, eager to look for the upselling opportunities with SMARTGLASS®W and the promise of offering a better solution for a fully glazed conservatory.

Jason McCabe, commercial director of Clayton Glass commented: ‘SMARTGLASS®W has been developed to provide a better conservatory environment for consumers. The days of cheap polycarbonate based conservatories is long gone and the future for the conservatory sector is through innovation as our new product range shows.

He continues: ‘Even ‘A’ rated windows fall considerable short in the performance tables to SMARTGLASS®W and the increase in cost is marginal in relative terms. We believe that with as much glazed area in the vertical plane as in the horizontal (roof) plane, the future in conservatories is for a total solar control solution from floor to roof.’

For further information on SMARTGLASS® log on to www.smart-glass.co.uk, e-mail enquiries@smart-glass.co.uk or call the sales office for a free sample pack on 01207 288200.

OUR SMARTEST GLASS YET….

Ultra83Clayton Glass has recently launched SMARTGLASS® Ultra 83, which they claim is the industry’s most advanced solar control, true self-cleaning glass for conservatory roofs and rooflights. 

The market for specialist conservatory roof glass is really only twelve years old, yet the developments in products over the last two years have been significant and the SMARTGLASS® range has very much led the way. SMARTGLASS® Ultra 83 is now the benchmark for all round performance with warm edge technology, a u-value of 1.0 W/m2K, g-value (solar control) of just 17% and combined with a good level of light transmittance at 25%.

The key to choosing high performance roof glass is about ‘selectivity’, in this case by reducing the solar energy able to enter the structure, yet allowing sufficient light transmission to ensure an open and airy feel, the very fundamental proposition of a glazed extension.

For the last few years SMARTGLASS® has been quietly building market share and the brand is now widely recognised and respected, boasting customers such as Connaught Conservatory Roofs, Prefix Systems and Tailored Roofing Systems. The once 1.4 W/m2K standard for conservatory roof glass has now been replaced by 1.2 W/m2K, with a recent move towards the 1.0 W/m2K SMARTGLASS® range, all with true self clean and warm edge technology offered as standard.

There are impressive glass features available from all the leading European flat glass manufacturers and as a fully independent processor, it’s the role of Clayton Glass as experts, to harness all the best technologies into a single SMARTGLASS® insulated glass unit.

Jason McCabe, commercial director of Clayton Glass commented: ‘SMARTGLASS® Ultra 83 is the result of our research into cutting edge products, thanks to our pan-European network of partners. It’s credentials are unsurpassed and it’s the flagship in our SMARTGLASS® range which includes SMARTGLASS®, SMARTGLASS® Plus+ and SMARTGLASS® Ultimate.’

For further information on SMARTGLASS® log on to http://www.smart-glass.co.uk, e-mail enquiries@smart-glass.co.uk or call the sales office for a free sample pack on 01207 288200.

Improved Solar Control on SMARTGLASS Aqua

Following a minor coating adjustment we’re now pleased to offer our Aqua products with both enhancement on light transmission and solar control levels. Although in terms of sales numbers the poor relation to SMARTGLASSTM Blue, being dual coated on a green substrate the Aqua variants have always outperformed the other colour choices slightly. Now down to 18% G-Value /  1.0 U Value they offer a real alternative colour at the very top end of the performance range, ideal for those that want to stand out from the crowd.

Download the full technical specifications of the SMARTGLASS range here

SMARTGLASS raises the bar – Again!

SMARTGLASSAs a truly independent manufacturer we are able to research and procure on a European wide scale so we are once again delighted to announce we’re bringing a new product to market that challenges the limits of glass technology, throwing down the gauntlet to all other roof manufacturers.

This continual R+D process made our highly successful Ultimate Blue a UK first, and now brings an even better, more enhanced version of our best selling roof glass to market.

Blue glassNaturally deep blue tinted and of course with warm edge, true self clean and argon as standard, SMARTGLASSS TM Ultra 83 is our most effective solar control glass to date. With a G-Value of just a 17% it is a massive 15% better than the next best product on the market, reflecting 83% of the sun’s heat – once again setting the standard by which all other roof glasses can be judged. It’s available for installation now, and you will only find this level of performance from Clayton Glass, Northern Express Glass and our downstream customer base.

Rest assured whilst everyone else sells the same old basic blue, as a SMARTGLASSTM customer you’ll always have access to the most cutting edge technology, so you can always promise to fit the best – with confidence.

Guaranteed Pre 10.30am Delivery for SMARTGLASS Roofs

timer vanWe know a conservatory roof can often be quite a quick fit, and so nearly everyone if possible would want an early morning drop if that was achievable.  Logistically however there are 8 delivery hours in a day, so dependent on routes and loadings it isn’t always possible to guarantee anything other than an ‘am’ or ‘pm’ slot.

Until now. For standard lead time orders and subject to size constraints, we are now able to offer a pre 10.30 am drop – Guaranteed.

This is a chargeable service, but on those few occasions when you or your customer really would rather spend the money than spend the time, it will now be possible to shortcut the system and get your roof direct to you, first drop, early drop.

In an industry where time is money, a fee of just £75 will guarantee no waiting around for your roof to arrive and for you to get finished. So when you want to knock off in Knutsford or take a flyer in Falkirk, choose our pre 10.30 option and we’ll do the rest.

Contact SMARTGLASSTM Customer Service for more details on 01207 288200.

Revolutionary quick fix for SMARTGLASS Breakages

Transporting glass over long distances is never without its difficulties but with the increasing prevalence of one day fits, when a unit is broken either in transport or on site, the problems can stack up.

To help, in a trial commencing next week all of our drivers will carry on board stock sheets of corex – a thin version of polycarbonate but one that can be cut easily on site to be used as a temporary fix. In most circumstances it’s just one pane of a roof DGU that will break, so by using the intact half as a template it’s possible to make an accuratecopy of the original panel shape.

At only 4mm thick the corex template needs to be fixed into the rebate using suitable packers, but once glazed it’s rigid enough to make decent seal as a temporary measure, and as it’s in a material that’s immediately available and transparent, we hope this may be bit more palatable to the householder until the genuine replacement arrives.

Quick fix Corex will be carried by all of our site fleet from next and we would welcome any feedback you can offer.