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Irish oak is not for every property... but perfect for this one

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Not every home suits Irish Oak woodgrain, but when you find the right one and do it right, it can look superb.

Doing it right in this case meant not only choosing the right supplier, Glazerite, but also putting extra care into carefully matching the foils of every component – even down to the specially ordered caramel base profile to keep the match when windows and doors are open.

David said: “We talked over a lot of options with the homeowners and they eventually settled on Irish Oak but they insisted on colour-matched profile underneath rather than just white. That was no problem for us because Glazerite could do it to order and when you see the finished work, you can see it was well worth it.”

Giovanni Sangiovanni of Glazerite’s South West division added: “The attention to detail really shows in the entire installation. Barrett’s have done a great job co-ordinating all the products – windows, doors, roofline conservatory roof. The result is one of the best uses of Irish Oak I’ve ever seen.”

The house, in Dorchester, previously had timber windows and roofline and an old conservatory. Along with VEKA FS casement windows, Barrett’s used a Solidor timber composite door, VEKA FS French doors and resi door and an Ultraframe double-hipped Edwardian conservatory roof. The Irish Oak theme was given a contrasting highlight with plain black guttering and drainpipes.

Glazerite Director Jason Thompson said: “When winning the job depended entirely on accessing one non-standard product, this shows how important it is for a trade fabricator to listen and respond to the needs of its installer partners. We were able to come up with the goods and the finished job is something the installer can be proud of.”

Barrett’s Glass and Window Centre is a long-standing Glazerite customer and Network VEKA member and has been operating in and around the Dorchester area for over 30 years. Glazerite is VEKA’s largest trade fabricator in the UK as well as a prominent and long-standing Network VEKA member.

Talk to us to find out how you can benefit from an installer partnership with Glazerite.

 

 

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