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.

UPDATE: REVISED MAXIMUM IGU SIZES

Following our ongoing investment program and a review of manual handling procedures, we’ve updated our guideline for maximum IGU sizes. Please download the attached document for your reference and circulate as relevant within your business.

Note: Maximum SMARTGLASS conservatory roof glass sizes are unchanged.

UPDATE: NEW KEY CONTACT DETAILS

Its a key part of our offering that our customers have full and direct access to our management team and the various functions and departments.

As such we’ve updated our key contacts list and phone numbers, please take the time to Download our key contacts list and distribute to the people who may find this of relevance in your business.

 

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.

CLAYTON SUCCESS IN THE NATIONAL FENESTRATION AWARDS

We’re delighted to announce that for the second year running we’ve won our category and been awarded IGU Manufacturer of the Year for 2016

 Especially pleasing is that NFAs remains one award where categorically industry votes and votes alone determine which business are successful, so a huge thanks to all of our hugely valued customers and industry peers who voted for us.

 Needless to say this award will only drive us further in pushing industry boundaries in what can be achieved at Clayton Glass. With more investment and a game changing roof glass set to launch next year. you can rest assured that’s what the team here will be focused on.   

Thanks !

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.

CLAYTON GLASS SHORTLISTED FOR NFA AWARDS

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for the 2016 NFA awards in the IGU manufacturer category which we won last year.

Thanks to all who have voted for us so far, so if you do think we’re the most forward thinking, customer focused, fastest growing, highest quality and most of all, friendly IGU company out there….

 ….Then please pick up you mouse one more time and vote for us at http://www.fenestrationawards.co.uk/

EXTERNAL CONDENSATION RETURNS

External condensationWith Autumn approaching, it’s external condensation season again.

You can rest assured working at a glass factory my windows are A+ rated, so here’s my front window at 6.30am this morning, the glass is lovely and warm on the inside, and lovely and cold on the outside as it should be.

More detail of this welcome phenomena are here:

Troubleshooting Guide External Condensation

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.

CLAYTON GLASS ACQUIRE ROMAG

romag_logoTwo of the North East’s leading glass and glazing companies today came under the same ownership as today we acquired Romag, one of the UK’s most well recognised and longstanding glass processors, albeit in a completely different arena to Clayton Glass.

Established over 70 years ago, Romag operates in the high security glazing and transport industries, with clients such as Bombardier and Hitachi in the rail sector. Recent years saw the company expand into the Solar PV market, although with that sector being compromised by the end of the feed in tariff and cheaper imports, the renewed focus is in specialism bespoke PV solutions.

Although there are many synergies between the two companies in terms of location, history and core glass manufacturing activities, they specialise in very different areas of the glass industry and hence we will continue to operate each company completely independently so that both can focus entirely on continuing to grow their specialist market share.

Whilst this represents  huge opportunity for the wider group, from a Clayton Glass customer perspective there will be no changes, other than perhaps a faster turnaround, on processing, drilling, painted glass etc, all of which have previously been bought externally but will now be sourced in house.

Our medium term aim at Clayton remains to continue our drive on quality, service, and delivery times all of which have shown large improvements since the move to Harelew, but particularly over the past few weeks.  A renewed focus with the customer service team in terms of response to queries and the flow of information is also underway.

We hope that with this acquisition there will be many synergies for both companies to the benefit of all of our joint customers.

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.

Clayton Glass to sponsor 2016 National Fenestration Awards

 Following our success in the 2015 IG Manufacturing category we’ve decided to get even more involved for next year by becoming one of the event’s main sponsors. Showcasing what’s best in our industry we feel is a worthy cause regardless of the exposure for Clayton Glass, so we’re pleased to be able to help out in this way.
It’s all too easy to see the negative side of our industry, so all the more important that those companies flying the flag for quality and integrity wherever they be in the supply chain are recognised. The NFA are proud that this remains one award where categorically industry votes and votes alone determine which business are successful, we would not have got involved otherwise.

So that said, at the 2015 winners event we had a great day and obviously we’d like to retain our title for a second year – so do please do help if you think we are worthy by voting for us at the link below !

IGU Manufacturer 2016

Thanks from all at Clayton Glass !

Auto emailing of delivery documentation now available for all IGU customers and deliveries

We’re just in the last stages of testing a new system where we are able to email you a live version of the days delivery notes, at the point they are printed.
This means that rather than waiting for the paperwork to arrive with the glass, a copy can be sent first thing directly to your inbox. This will give advance notice of exact what’s coming that day, reassuring you that your jobs are complete or giving advance warning of any issues if there are any unexpected problems. All we need from you is the email address to which you like the paperwork sent, just get in touch with customer services and we can set you up straight away.

Initially this service is available to all IGU customers and deliveries but roof glass delivery notes will follow shortly.
 

Clayton Glass recognised by Stock Exchange

1000InspireAnother accolade has headed our way this week – and even better as this time it was totally out of the blue. We’ve been recognised as one of the top ‘1000 companies that inspire Britain’, an annual celebration of the fastest growing and most dynamic SMEs.

The award is given to recognise sustained sales growth – the criteria being significant growth over at least a 4 year period and having out performed their industry peers in that time.

Here at Clayton Glass we all know that we’re growing our loyal customer base month on month,  year after year –  we just didn’t know anyone else was watching, especially not the London Stock Exchange !

A huge thanks to all of our customer for your ongoing support.

http://www.lseg.com/resources/1000-companies-inspire-brit

 

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

Clayton Glass win key national award

2015 IGU 2We’re delighted to announce that Clayton Glass have just been announced proud winners of IGU Manufacturer of the year in the 2015 National Fenestration awards.

Coming at a fantastic time to coincide with our move to a brand new factory, this award is testament to a lot of hard work and gives recognition for both our IGU operation an specialist roof brand SMARTGLASSTM.

What’s particularly pleasing is that the winner is voted for by industry professionals, so to gain so much support from our peers and customer base is especially rewarding for us as a team. Now we are fully settled in our new home we’re determined this industry award won’t be the last.

A huge thanks to all concerned.