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Our homes are a reflection (no pun intended!) of who we are and the lives we lead, and there is no end of options to enhance the way they look with traditional and contemporary style doors and windows.
For a country cottage, Georgian bars can add a heritage touch, even with the use of modern materials, which keep draughts out and are virtually maintenance-free. A growing number of properties, particularly along the Norfolk coast, are built with a more contemporary look, and full-length glass and minimal frames are back in fashion again. But it’s often inside rather than outside that our customers get creative with glass.

Readers who are old enough to remember the original Through The Keyhole series (I watched as a child) will remember Lloyd Grossman’s tours of the homes of the rich and famous, and we’re often surprised at the creativity of customers in decorating their homes. From a unique kitchen glass splash back to a bespoke staircase, there are endless ways that we can use glass to realise a customer’s design ideas and we love the challenge of creating and installing these.

We are often asked to work on period and Listed properties, such as churches and public buildings, and these present other challenges in respecting and keeping the architectural heritage of the building intact. Using the same glass craftsmanship that our father did when he started the business 50 years ago, we are able to ensure that glass repairs and maintenance are carried out sympathetically.

Of course whether we are installing double glazing or creating a glass addition as part of an interior design scheme, we apply the same precision and flair which we are known for. After all, the quality of our work reflects on our skill as glaziers.


OK, hands up who’s checked that their guttering, fascia and soffits are up to the worst that the next two seasons are about to throw at us? Autumn feels like it has been with us for a while, and we all know about the wind chill factor that seems to blow in to Hunstanton from Siberia during winter (I’m joking, but as a keen wind surfer that coastal breeze can be biting!).

Now, do you know your roofline? We’re often asked what’s what, and I thought a quick guide might be useful. Fascia refers to the band which runs horizontally under the roof edge, caps the rafters around a house and holds the guttering in place. The surface below this is called the soffit or eaves.
Traditionally wooden, in most houses of a certain age the weather has done its worst and, left in poor repair, the damage to a property’s masonry can be extensive and lead to damp, displaced plaster, inside and out.

Guttering helps to direct rainwater away from the roof edge and prevent damage to brickwork, but again, old materials may not be up to the job and ignoring leaks is a potentially costly and hazardous affair.
Cost-effective and durable, PVCu roofline products are a sound investment which will help protect your home and although they might not be as entertaining as a Saturday night spent watching the latest crop of Strictly stars spin their stuff, they will outperform them in keeping things in good shape for years to come. There is a range of options available for all budgets, including cast iron effect products that maintain an authentic look for period properties.


Well, it’s hard to believe that it’s been 50 years this month, since our father took the decision to go into business and launch West Norfolk Glass. That year England won the World Cup, Harold Wilson announced the UK was to apply for EEC membership (least said about that the better!) and The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, so 1967 was clearly an auspicious year.

The intervening 50 years have seen us grow as a glazing firm, mirroring the development of the double and triple glazing industry, and the evolution of home improvement.

Today, we offer an incredible range of windows, doors, conservatories, orangeries, flat roofing, garage doors and car ports to suit all properties and budgets, but we recently had a call asking if we still cut glass. The answer is an unequivocal, ‘Yes!’

Our glass is cut on site and we supply glass for a wide range of uses and installations. In addition to glazing for pictures and mirrors, we offer specialist glass including smoked glass. We have created beautiful glass installations in homes including glass balustrades and balconies to stylish yet practical kitchen splashbacks and bespoke bathroom shower doors.

For outside use and construction, we can supply toughened and structural glass, including curved glass, and we can work with your architect and contractor to help create your dream home. No job is too small, and we even provide replacement ceramic glass for wood burners, so check if yours need fixing before you put it into use this autumn.

We love a creative challenge, and with 50 years’ experience we’ve got a pretty good track record, so if you’re looking to update your home this season, give us a call or visit our Hereford Way showroom.