Kawneer benefits fabricators

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Nick Dardalis

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Look closely at most of the established aluminium manufacturers in the UK and they will usually provide more than one aluminium system.

bifold 13 contemporary windows.
As an aluminium manufacturer, what influences your choice of aluminium system to make?

Popular aluminium systems such as Smart Systems, AluK System or SAPA Building Systems provide door and window solutions for most of the residential market with products such as bifolding doors, sliding doors, casement windows and French doors.

Other manufacturers also look to offer a more premium system such as Reynaers and Schuco to service the demand for doors that the trade and the consumer perceive as better through design, engineering, performance or simple brand name.

Whatever your systems company, most provide a range of windows, doors and glazing solutions to meet most residential contracts. There are also products within these ranges to service-specific customer requirements and commercial work. Examples include roofing products, sliding or tilt and turn windows and slimline aluminium windows for Crittall Replacements. There are commercial systems such as entrance doors, curtain walling, brise soleil, tilt and turn or pivot windows and low-rise curtain walling solutions.

How do aluminium systems companies service their fabricators?

there are many systems companies in the uk and most offer a bifolding door.
There are many Systems companies in the UK servicing the residential and commercial sector.

No aluminium systems company is in the business of causing difficulties to their manufacturers. They have invested substantially in producing quality aluminium door and window systems. They have worked to create detailed fabrication and installation manuals. They have sophisticated operations, warehousing and transport.

In the provision of aluminium extrusions and accessories, systems companies seek to provide a reliable service, have plenty of mill finish or powder-coated extrusions in stock and carry sufficient stocks of accessories and hardware. Material orders are expected to be processed correctly, and deliveries should be consistent and very importantly, complete.

How do you choose your aluminium systems company?

Often an aluminium manufacturer when selecting what new systems to fabricate will be influenced by several factors. These include a complete product range, reliable service, products that are easy to manufacture and, for their trade installers, simple to install.

Another factor in choosing a systems company will be the range provided in residential and commercial windows and doors.

Study the trade media around aluminium manufacturers and it is easy for many to presume that the aluminium market centres largely around bifolding and sliding doors. Such is the intense focus on these two products and the shift by aluminium manufacturers regularly to promote their prices and lead times on bifolding and sliding doors.

Are aluminium commercial and residential systems the same?

kawneer made windows and doors.
Do you manufacture residential or commercial doors and windows? There are many ways working with Kawneer could help your business.

The more experienced trade manufacturer will be aware that many of their installer customers also operate in the commercial sector such as education, housing, transport, retail and healthcare. These areas demand good aluminium systems. Some contracts are very basic in their new door and window requirement, others are more complex.

The main difference between a residential project and a commercial one is that a commercial product will frequently move away from a ‘standard’ door or window. How a window can work in the building as a whole, how an aluminium manufacturer can provide cost savings and the right product to meet the specification are often essential requirements.

All the major systems companies are active in and provide a solution for the specialist commercial sector. However, Kawneer systems we think go the extra mile.

How Kawneer provides a different approach to Value Engineering.

Value engineering comprises many facets in commercial construction. These can be:

  • The provision of cost savings for the end user/client.
  • The ability to custom-design a product to meet a particular requirement.
  • The expertise to provide solutions such as fabricating in a less costly and more efficient way.
  • To make life easier for both manufacturers and installers without any product compromises.
  • To provide products that provide a solution without the need for more complicated and expensive third party solutions.

Are you looking to add to or change your aluminium system? Take a look at Kawneer.

lift and slide contemporary kawneer doors.
Kawneer offer a sophisticated range of residential aluminium systems such as these premium Lift and Slide contemporary doors ideal for dwellings.

Many in the trade perceive Kawneer Systems differently from other systems companies. Many also have incorrect perceptions of Kawneer, what products they provide and how Kawneer operate as a systems company. Common misconceptions about Kawneer are:

  • Kawneer systems are too expensive.
  • Kawneer systems are too complex for simple door and window requirements.
  • Kawneer systems are only suitable for commercial buildings.
  • Kawneer doesn’t offer a range of genuine residential products.

If you have never considered Kawneer as a credible systems company to service your trade customers as a manufacturer or as a manufacturer/installer, we think it is time to take a fresh look at Kawneer and get in touch.

Presently Kawneer offers a substantial product range that even meets your core product offering such as bifolding and sliding doors, Crittall replacement window solutions and a much more besides.

Kawneer systems are installed in commercial buildings as many manufacturers will already be aware. Kawneer also provides a range of residential products including:

  • Excellent bifolding doors for the home.
  • Advanced sliding or lift and slide doors.
  • Highly thermally efficient casement windows
  • Steel replacement, horizontal and vertical sliding windows.

Do you manufacture and install? You should also look at Kawneer.

Kawneer offers a completely integrated solution in the design and supply of architectural aluminium that other systems companies often cannot provide. Examples include:

  • A flexible approach to serving the needs of aluminium manufacturers. All Kawneer products are extruded and painted at their Runcorn base.
  • An in-house design department and a broad range of aluminium window and door systems.
  • Kawneer can produce unique extrusions at quicker lead times than others.
  • The ability to save manufacturers money by providing custom-length extrusions.

Above all, the Kawneer reputation in aluminium systems is difficult to ignore. Mention Kawneer to any window professional and the perception is a company that has superior knowledge, expertise and capability in the field of architectural aluminium.

Other reasons to consider Kawneer as your aluminium systems provider.

The service Kawneer provides to you as an aluminium manufacturer extends far beyond only providing aluminium extrusions and accessories. There is a relationship ethos where Kawneer can actively get involved with you either in manufacturing aluminium or for a specific project. This relationship other Kawneer manufacturers say benefits them, their customers and strengthens their business.

This is why some of the best aluminium manufacturers have worked in partnership with Kawneer for over 30 years.

A complete architectural aluminium solution.

Kawneer can help in providing the right products for you as a manufacturer. The Company also has the resources through size to make life easier. This includes logistical, operational, manpower and grass roots experience.

If you are presently struggling with late deliveries or supply issues with your existing company, it might be worth talking to Kawneer.

Trained and ongoing care.

Kawneer helps you as a manufacturer by ongoing training and education. Kawneer can hep you manufacture more efficiently or provide training to installers to get the best value out of fitting aluminium.

You get the best out of your aluminium systems as a result and so do your installer customers as well.

Are you frustrated because your systems company is more focused on selling material rather than working closer with you?

As a Kawneer fabricator, you can benefit by saving money and resources through working with Kawneer team of experts. These are specially trained people there to help you as a manufacturer. The Kawneer Team works with you from the initial enquiry and setting up, to design manufacturing and post installation.

Manufacturing Kawneer can enhance your business reputation.

If you consider your business as an experienced manufacturer with an ‘aluminium heart’ through and through, manufacturing Kawneer can improve the reputation of your business. The Kawneer name is synonymous with the finest aluminium systems and your own business can benefit as a result. If you manufacture Kawneer, architects, building contractors, and the wider fenestration sector regards you like an aluminium professional, not just an aluminium manufacturer.

Whether your needs as a fabricator are simple or more complex, we think if you are presently looking at alternative aluminium systems to replace your range or add to it, you should get in touch about Kawneer.

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16:42 30 Oct 23
Nick responded incredibly quickly to my enquiry (on a Saturday too!), and was able to offer invaluable advice on both aluminum systems and manufacturer / suppliers. Thanks Nick!
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16:18 09 Oct 23
Had a meeting with Nick during the grand designs show. Was extremely helpful and professional would highly recommend
Chris WesthorpChris Westhorp
19:55 13 Sep 23
Extremely helpful with pointing us in the right direction to find the products we required and suggesting firms that could reliably fit them.Nick was quick to reply and very detailed in his advice.Highly recommend reaching out to them.
Cathy GreenwoodCathy Greenwood
07:03 11 Sep 23
Update - A second email to nick for help on bifolds resulted in a detailed informative reply even on a Sunday ! This guy is so knowledgable and helpful .I approached Nick for an independent view on sliding doors v bifold and the different brand options . His reply was extremely detailed and prompt and allowed me to navigate this often confusing world in a much more informed way . Thanks so much Nick
Anthony CraigAnthony Craig
12:45 05 Sep 23
This is a must site for anyone looking for advice. Great service and very quick answers to questions. Nick has been of great help quiding us through the maze of aluminium products. Thank you
Philip DuffieldPhilip Duffield
20:24 26 Jul 23
I contacted Nick @ ATS for guidance on what aluminium sliding door systems would be suitable for an opening in an extension that is going to be both wide and tall. He came back really quickly with very detailed and incredibly helpful advice. He is clearly extremely knowledgeable about the systems on the market and their respective features and capabilities. If you’re feeling a bit lost by the overwhelming range of choices out there, I’d definitely recommend contacting him.
Dariush HekmatDariush Hekmat
17:25 19 Jul 23
Nick's advice is great. He is always quick to respond and spends time on responses, which really help to make an informed decision.
Alan FosterAlan Foster
07:51 12 Jul 23
Absolutely fantastic. Asked for advice about replacing Crittall (?) windows late last night and early this morning received 3 great suggestions and contact information for suppliers
Rachel LauRachel Lau
09:24 16 Jun 23
Fantastic website full of valuable and pragmatic advice about product selection and comparison: no other website gives information like this. Truly written for public interest. Don't hesistate to reach out to Nick via the mailing system. He responds very quickly, is friendly, and has very sound and high knowledgable advice. I have already shared this with my friend planning her own grand design.
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12:28 14 May 23
I emailed this company just on the off chance they could help me with new magnetic sliders for my patio door. They were not able to supply those but were so very helpful providing me with the name of a company who could. I am so very grateful at the great service. Dare say customers must be very happy. thank you so much.
Benjamin LewisBenjamin Lewis
10:06 04 May 23
Nick is very helpful indeed. Extremely knowledgeable on bifolds which was in relation to my query. Great website as well, some very useful articles. Particularly appreciated the article that lists all the major bifold options in order of their sightlines! Thank you!
P JonesP Jones
08:07 15 Apr 23
I asked Nick some questions about an installation we were considering and he replied within hours with some very useful suggestions that will probably lead us to using a different make and supplier. Thanks, Nick. Great work.
Nicholas WallNicholas Wall
13:18 02 Apr 23
Looking for fair and honest expert advice on all aspect of aluminium windows and doors? These guys will arm you with all the information you need to make the RIGHT choice in a highly complex, crowded marketplace. post a question and you will get a very quick professional answer you can rely on being based on fact. Thanks guys!
Giorgia SiriacoGiorgia Siriaco
16:25 21 Mar 23
After a lot of research to find doors that would meet our unusual size requirements and feeling increasingly uncertain about the best way to spend our small budget, I stumbled on the ATS website, and I'm so glad I did! I contacted ATS to request advice and Nick promptly replied with a wealth of information, providing us with options and relevant contact details. I only wish I'd found them sooner!
Carol NortonCarol Norton
10:01 17 Mar 23
I've been so confused about how to achieve the look I'm after, and going round in circles with various window/door companies, trying to get away from the huge chunks of plastic currently around my windows. I didn't expect an email to a company found through a Google search to really help - but I was desperate, so I tried. I'm SO glad I did. Finally I have clear explanations from ATS of where I've been going wrong, exactly what I'm looking for, and a list of local companies that might be able to provide it! The response has excelled my expectations and I feel as if I'm finally inching closer to a home with which I'll be happy and comfortable: thank you.
David NunnDavid Nunn
20:54 14 Mar 23
It is rare that I write reviews, however after my very positive communication with Nick - enquiring about suitable slim sash aluminium windows for my project, I felt that a review was definitely warranted. I can reinforce the many positive reviews posted so far, Nick was very quick to respond, providing comprehensive detail, with excellent independent advice.In summary, great service, thank you Nick.
Chantal AuerbachChantal Auerbach
13:04 09 Mar 23
Nick from Aluminium Trade Supply was incredibly helpful informative and pleasant to deal with. He responded quickly to emails and was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend being in touch with Nick if you are considering new aluminium windows or doors.
Lee JonesLee Jones
20:21 22 Feb 23
I dropped Nick at Aluminium Trade Supply an email re high security slim sightline bi-folds and their alternatives and he responded that quickly (and so comprehensively) that I felt bad I’d not paid him for his time!Nick Sir your product knowledge is outstanding and you are providing a level of service that goes wayyyy above and beyond expectations. I’ll definitely make sure I mention Aluminium Trade Supply to anyone I encounter looking for a fenestration solution 🙏🏼
15:13 13 Feb 23
We are looking to replace some old UPVC patios doors with aluminium ones. The ATS website is a great source of advice in an area where clear information is sorely lacking. Having used the website, I then followed this up with a number of specific questions relating to our search, and Nick came back very quickly with clear, detailed and very useful advice.I have been very impressed with both the website and with Nick's advice. My only regret is that I didn't come across ATS before replacing various windows in 2021 - I'm sure it would have saved me a lot of grief and money! Thanks again Nick.
Azza McCabeAzza McCabe
17:47 01 Feb 23
So impressed with this company.Responded to my query quickly andgave valuable advice. Nick was extremely helpful and we were able to move forward with our project.
Adri LoloçiAdri Loloçi
11:21 08 Jan 23
Nick was super fast to respond and provided some great recommendations. I would recommend this website to anyone looking to find bifold or sliding aluminium doors.
Stephen HoustonStephen Houston
16:16 03 Jan 23
Looking for aluminium crittall style internal door and external patio French doors. Noted good reviews and thought would ask for advice. Comprehensive reply with excellent independent advice and lists of fitters who could provide products and installation. Great service.
Inga GeachInga Geach
08:25 21 Dec 22
Nick from Aluminium Trade Supply has been extremely helpful with navigating the jungle that is aluminium glazing for our upcoming extension project. His advice was prompt, detailed and always impartial. Very grateful for your input, thanks Nick!
Amanda BurtonAmanda Burton
10:54 16 Dec 22
Brilliant website and an excellent service. Nick provided not only detailed advice and supplier contacts, but highlighted the considerations of various products so I could make an informed choice. Our Sunvista minimal sliders were fitted this week and I couldn't be happier, stunning. Thanks once again for your advice and recommendations, invaluable!
Keith BarnesKeith Barnes
17:18 10 Dec 22
Very helpful advice given to my question, including the name of 3 different companies that i could try for the product being enquired about. Many thanks
Munim ChowdhuryMunim Chowdhury
11:45 13 Sep 22
Nick has been very helpful on signposting me to a number of partner organisations for steel/aluminium doors.
SUSAN wallaceSUSAN wallace
17:26 31 Aug 22
My experience with this firm was exceptionally good and this is notalways the case as a female, dipping a toe into technical waters.I was spoken too with courtesy and at a level that helped me consolidate what was needed .On top of that I was given a list of companies and places where I could obtain the type of product I needed.I could not thank them enough and would certainly go there again and reccommend others do too.
Paul SalterPaul Salter
22:39 22 Aug 22
Contacting Aluminium Trade Supply is like contacting the Oracle direct. Advice is always comprehensive and balanced. On multiple occasions they have provided me with options that fully meet our objectives. Many thanks.
Nick McCormackNick McCormack
20:25 14 Aug 22
Really helpful and useful came back to me on a Sunday with some invaluable information. Highly recommended.
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13:14 14 Aug 22
received a prompt reply to my query,and helpful information from ATS