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.

Hurray, hurray, the first of May… the month when summer, hopefully, starts to show itself and we can enjoy our home’s outdoor space more readily.

Of course, conservatories provide a perfect light and spacious spot to relax inside if the wind’s still a bit nippy (as it often can be in May, particularly on the coast!). In fact, a conservatory should be a space to enjoy year-round, although many customers tell us that instead they have a room which is too cold in winter and too hot in summer. Advancements in materials and technology mean that this is easily remedied with a replacement roof which keeps things temperate and maximises the time you can spend in your conservatory. There are a number of solutions available, and we are always happy to visit your home to suggest the best one for your conservatory.

Orangeries are always an elegant addition to a home, and we have created some truly stunning installations over the 50 years that we’ve been trading as a family firm. Combining brick pillars and glass, these traditional structures are regarded by many as the ultimate home improvement.

Such as it may be, the new kid on the block, and to many people’s mind a rival in terms of home improvement are bi-fold doors which allow for an entire wall to be replaced with glass that can be completely opened and folded back to allow outdoor and indoor space to blend completely. Allowing unimpeded views of your garden and outlook, there’s less frame and more glass which creates a stunning design statement. A growing number of customers are installing bi-fold doors and it’s definitely a trend that’s here to last.

As the weather brightens and we get out into the garden, the need for home repairs and improvements become more visible.

During the winter months, it’s easy to hunker down inside, slip up the central heating thermostat or stoke up the fire and forget about the cold outside, but if you’re now looking at your latest energy bills and shuddering at the cost of keeping your home warm, it might be time to look at how energy efficient your windows and doors are.

Additionally, as we head outside and get on top of home maintenance tasks, it’s worth looking at the quality and condition of both. If your property has wooden fittings, perhaps the time and cost of maintaining these annually, with preparation, filling and painting, has become onerous? Or if you have older style double glazing, are the materials used up to scratch and as efficient as they might be?
With a wide range of styles and colours available, the latest double and triple glazing solutions can maintain a sympathetic period look in older homes, but can markedly improve heat loss and reduce noise.

West Norfolk Glass, one of the region’s longest-established double glazing firms, was recently featured in a national campaign by the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF). The company, which was formed in 1967 and is based at Hardwick Narrows, is the only glazing firm in the North West Norfolk region to be listed as part of the new industry initiative.

Aimed at consumers, myglazing.com aims to direct buyers towards members of the trade federation who have financial stability and have been trading for at least three years, employ trained professionals and abide by the GGF’s Consumer Code of Good Practice.

“The GGF was founded in 1977, ten years after our father founded West Norfolk Glass, and we are proud to be members of the industry’s trade body” says director Geoff Parker.

“We are a family-run firm and, although there are a number of glazing firms in the area, our membership of the GGF means that customers can buy double, triple and secondary glazing with confidence. We are delighted to be the only local supplier featured in the GGF’s myglazing.com initiative which guides consumers in their choice of glazing solutions.”