Slider sales close on bi-folds

Latest figures released by Tommy Trinder suggest that aluminium sliders are drawing level with bi-folds for market share; £15million of sliders have been quoted by installers via the firm’s Framepoint app so far this year, compared to £16million of bi-folds.

“We know that demand for stylish aluminium sliding doors has soared in recent years, but this latest activity data from Framepoint suggests we are reaching a tipping point where demand for patios may once again outstrip bi-folds,” said Tommy Trinder’s founder and CEO, Chris Brunsdon.

The firm reports that of the 430 window firms that now use Framepoint for their quoting, 83% are actively selling an aluminium slider, up from 78% a year ago. And the number of aluminium patios quoted to homeowners is continuing to grow month on month. But, according to Chris, the rising popularity of sliders has not been without its challenges for the software house.

“To keep pace with the demands of our users the challenge has been to ensure Framepoint can cope with the complexity that aluminium provides whilst, as ever, keeping the app super simple and fast to use,” he said.

Latest in a run of features designed to help installers sell sliders, is the ability to touch, show and price a wide range of interlocks.

“The demand for sliders is driven by a desire on the part of homeowners to flood their properties with natural light,” explained Chris. “Interlocks have become slimmer and slimmer as a result. Our latest release allows users to show clients the effect of a slim interlock in one touch – both up close and on the house.”

A range of up to five interlocks can be configured in Framepoint in sizes ranging from an ultra-slim 20mm all the way up to 100mm. Sliders can be finished in any RAL colour, and users can add finishing touches such as stainless style ironmongery and flush thresholds.

“Seeing is believing when it comes to convincing homeowners to invest in premium products and we’re confident that being able to quickly and simply model the dramatic effect of these expansive glass areas will help installers win orders,” concluded Chris.