Could August be any more idyllic? If you’re a gardener, it’s the moment when everything is in full bloom and you can briefly put your feet up and admire your home from the outside, preferably from a sun lounger, in my case.

But as a wise man, Horace, once wrote, ‘You can drive out Nature with a pitchfork, but she keeps on coming back,’ and, without spoiling the moment, the truth is that autumn will soon be knocking on the door.

This inevitably brings rain and colder temperatures, at which point most of us prefer to be inside with the doors and windows closed, hopefully as toasty as we were sitting outside in that August sunshine.
Question is, will your home be season fit? August is actually the perfect month to make any home improvements that are overdue – if your wooden window frames and doors are looking past their best, or you can see water stains along the roofline where the guttering has leaked, it’s time to make repairs before autumn and winter do their worst again.

Now we’re often asked about replacement windows for period properties, and until 31 August Bygone is offering 10 per cent off its traditional sash windows as part of its celebration of summer. Beautifully made with a host of traditional features, but all the performance of modern windows, Bygone are the perfect alternative to timber windows, and this is a fantastic moment to have the best for less.
Of course, if your home has a more contemporary style, or if you are looking for a budget-friendly update, we have a full range of glazing solutions along with roofing, soffits and guttering updates, plus garage doors and car ports – all of which will make an enormous difference to the way your home looks and performs in the colder months.

So, give us a call and we’ll be happy to pop by and give you some advice on improving your home, even if we have to join you on the patio to do so!

Just a short distance from our Hardwick showroom, the Sandringham Estate is one of our favourite destinations for some well-earned downtime, and this month we get the opportunity to mix business with pleasure when West Norfolk Glass participates in its annual Flower Show on Wednesday 26 July.

Now, to describe it as a flower show is something of an understatement, as Norfolk’s finest come together and put on a display that’s as good as the blooms on show. In previous years, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall have been in attendance and the crowds always gather to watch them pass by.

For us, the show is a fantastic moment to be part of the community we serve, to meet customers and to showcase our range of products. As we’re specialists in bespoke and heritage glazing, we’d be delighted to assist the royal couple, should they stop by.

In the main, our customers are looking for high quality doors and windows and we are able to offer a wide range of products to suit all types of property and budgets. As this is our anniversary year, any customer who places an order with us will be entered into our prize draw to win a commissioned piece of art glass from Salt Glass Studios.

A new product we’re often asked about are bi-fold and tri-fold doors, which enable home owners to replace a wall with glass that can be opened to create a seamless blend between the interior and exterior of their homes.

Particularly during the summer months, these enhance living space and truly bring the outdoors in – perfect when the kids are playing in the garden, or if you’re hosting guests for a BBQ or evening drinks. Year-round, bi-fold and tri-fold doors create a light, airy space which really adds a lift to your home’s living space.

We are an approved installer for a wide range of bi-fold and tri-fold doors including Evolution, aïr, Reynaers Concept Folding 68 and Valentis Scenic XL. With numerous styles available, why not come and chat with us at the show, or give us a call and we’ll come to you.

For a company to trade for 50 consecutive years is a significant achievement, but West Norfolk Glass has also mirrored the evolution of the glazing industry.

Founded by John Parker in 1967, who had trained as a glazier in Norwich, the family business’ progress has been mapped over the years by local press. Now John’s son, Geoff, who manages the firm along with brother Philip, has opened up the archives to show how these articles capture some of the key moments for the company and industry.

One of the earliest articles from 1971 shows the moment that West Norfolk Glass moved to King’s Lynn’s Everard Street. Then, as now, the company’s services included glazing for domestic, commercial and industrial buildings, with handmade traditional diamond leaded panes still in demand, along with coloured, patterned and wired safety glass. Everard Street gave West Norfolk Glass its first showroom with ample parking – just like its Hereford Way showroom today.

In 1987, the firm marked 20 years of trading and – along with contract glazing, which the firm continues to offer – West Norfolk Glass had grown a good reputation as a provider of PVCu glazing which had started to replace aluminium frames. West Norfolk Glass was a pioneer in introducing the modern material and its installations, just like today, came with a 10-year guarantee.

The article also reported that a local family which had emigrated to Australia had taken a full set of leaded windows with them – perhaps testament to West Norfolk Glass’ excellent reputation. It mentions how personal recommendation was a regular source of enquiries, and in the ensuing 30 years this is still the case.

In 1990, West Norfolk Glass moved to its current showroom and an article from the year reports that in addition to its work on new housing developments in the area, it also provided specialist repair on stained glass windows in churches.

By 2007, PVCu windows, doors and conservatories were at the core of West Norfolk Glass’ business which had more than 24 employees, including its own in-house fitters. “We still prefer to employ our own fitters,” says Geoff Parker. “It’s important for our customers to know that all of our work is guaranteed, and ensuring they are happy with every aspect of our installation is as important to us now as it was to our dad, 50 years ago.”