Vertical slider refurbishment

Countryside UPVC of Ormskirk, has completed a project to install 88 Profile 22 vertical sliders into a private apartment block in a conservation area.

Westcliffe Court in Southport, Merseyside, was built with softwood sash windows but its location near the sea meant the frames were wearing badly and needed to be repainted every three or four years. When the windows’ seals started to fail too, the building’s management company sought a more thermally efficient PVCU alternative.

The local planning department specified white woodgrain vertical sliders and stipulated that they needed to feature mechanical mortise-and-tenon joints rather than a welded 45º joint.

Les Moon, project leader for Westcliffe Court management company and building resident, said: “All the residents are absolutely delighted with the new windows. They are extremely pleasing aesthetically and only under very close scrutiny can you tell that they’re not wooden frames. They are also performing exceptionally well with many residents reporting that they’re not having to switch their heating on half as much as they were previously, so hopefully the windows are already saving us money on our heating bills.”