Exceeding expectations

Aluminium is proving to be a winning formula for customers of Lancashire-based fabricator, Framex. We take a closer look a particularly successful residential project in Cheshire.

For one recent Framex customer, the installation of its high-quality aluminium windows, doors, and roof lanterns has to helped to create an immaculately finished property that’s flooded with light, but which also benefits from improved energy efficiency, security, and aesthetics.

The three-storey Cheshire property features two roof lanterns, a combination of in-line sliding doors and bi-folds, and 30 slimline casement windows complemented by a bespoke apex window design – all of which were fabricated by Framex.

Founded in 2020 in the heart of the Rossendale Valley, Framex’s customer base includes commercial installers as well as those focused on residential new builds and renovations, with architects and local builders often valuing the involvement of the Framex team early on in the design process.

Framex managing director, Tim Mooney, explains more: “We’ve built strong relationships with developers, builders and architects in the area who appreciate our technical advice alongside the premium quality of our products and our fast lead times.”

Tim has worked with Senior Architectural Systems (SAS), since he first launched Framex in the historic mill town of Waterfoot three years ago.

The casement windows chosen for the Cheshire project were the SAS Ali-Vu super slimline windows, which were specified to give the client a perfect blend of style and thermal efficiency. Manufactured in jet black RAL 9005 with a matte finish, the windows were finished off with SAS hardware in satin nickel.

Two sets of Pure Slide slimline, in-line sliding doors were fitted into the extensive kitchen-diner, with a further two, four-leaf Ali Fold bi-folding doors added to ground and first-floor rooms. These are due to be further complemented by glass balconies, which will feature aluminium flashings to tie them in with the rest of the house.

The Pure Slide is a high-performance, smooth operating door that offers uninterrupted views while the bi-folds, available in a range of configurations, are said to be robust enough to work as well commercially as they do in domestic properties.

The major talking point of the house is the bespoke, apex tilt & turn feature window, an area in which Framex specialises. The frame was measured and drawn using CAD to ensure the angles were correct, before being crafted by the Framex team.

The build was completed with entrance doors from SAS Ali Fold profile, and two Korniche roof lanterns, another key part of Framex’s extensive portfolio.

Back in the company’s 15,000ft2 factory, recent investment has allowed the team to increase capacity and meet the needs of a growing customer base across the North West. According to Tim, the 30-strong workforce balances industry experience with a passion for exceptional customer service, paying attention to every detail as the products progress through the factory before being despatched.

Nothing leaves the factory before it is fully finished, with the team carrying out a rigorous 30-point check process to ensure every product is completed to the highest standards. It’s an added value approach, one that is designed to take the pressure off busy installers onsite.

Tim adds that he has major plans for Framex. As demand for aluminium continues to grow, the team will look to step up its offering, underpinned by more investment in machinery and staff.