As 2017 came to a close, West Norfolk Glass marked the passing of its 50th year of trading as a local family firm with a team photograph, which I think says much about our company.

To many people, the shot above is simply a group of people standing outside their workplace, but there is more on show than you might think at first glance. Firstly in the background you can see our showroom which houses a wide range of high quality doors, windows and glazing products. From standard casement to timber effect sash windows, stylish composite and contemporary bi-fold doors, we are proud to showcase the many glazing products that are available to homeowners today. In an age of digital shopping, where you can click and buy at any hour of the day, I think there’s still a lot to be said for being able to see before you buy, talk with someone knowledgeable about the best product for your home and budget, and know that you are making the right choice that will last.

At the back of our building, there is also a large glass workshop. Knowing that your home is fitted with a bespoke, made to measure installation which offers maximum security and protection against the elements and is guaranteed for at least 10 years has got to be a better home improvement solution.

In front of the showroom is a selection of our vans which you will undoubtedly see on the roads around Norfolk. In recent times, we’ve worked hard to make our company standout and be instantly recognisable to customers by our ‘glazing man’ logo. While there are a number of companies with names similar to our own, none can claim to have been trading for 50 years, offering family-like service to their customers. We are a member of the Glass and Glazing Federation and have been since our dad started the company in 1967, a demonstration of our knowledge, expertise and experience of crafting and fitting glazing solutions for more than half a century.

Finally, perhaps the most important aspect of the photograph is the people – although some of the team were unable to make our photo shoot (blame December coughs and colds!) those who are shown are all employed by West Norfolk Glass to help us deliver an outstanding service for our customers. Although many double glazing firms will contract a third party to install their windows and doors, our fitters are our employees – it means that in the unlikely event of a problem, we will honour and put things right rather than pass the buck to ‘the other guy’.

We are enormously proud of our team and the work we do around the county – if you’d like to see some of our installations, take a look at the galleries or give us a call and our team will be delighted to visit and advise on the wide range of glazing solutions on offer today.

Happy New Year! 2018 is off the starting blocks, and we’ve already been experiencing a heavier winter than that of recent years. A sharp snap is often a stark reminder to check our home’s thermal efficiency, and while loft insulation is vital, many people forget that their windows and doors are just as important to help keep the heat in and draughts out.

From secondary glazing, which is ideal for Listed properties or historic buildings where there are restrictions on home improvements, to double and triple glazing for maximum efficiency, there are a range of products to suit all homes.

While staying warm is one good reason to reduce your home’s heat loss, saving money on your energy bills is another great incentive for improving your home’s glazing. There is also improved security, reduced noise pollution and peace-of-mind, thanks to our quibble-free 10-year guarantee, to add to the list of reasons to update your windows and doors this year.

Now, even if you don’t need to upgrade the whole house, it’s worth knowing that as a family firm that’s traded since 1967, we are experts in all types of glazing, and if winter weather is doing its worst to show up the cracks in your glazing, we are able to offer a repairs service too. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

Our homes are a reflection (no pun intended!) of who we are and the lives we lead, and there are 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.