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Independent weather testing, delivered in partnership with The Residence Collection, has returned a series of top passes for HWL Trade Frames’ new frame-only supply Residence 9 window.

The specialist trade fabricator has led the development of an R9 frame-only offer, pioneering the application of Timberweld® sash-welding technologies in its manufacture.

This process HWL says increases sash corner strength, which in most configurations eliminates the requirement to glass bond IGUs, which have historically been used in R9 fabrication to give the system structural strength.

Supported by  the Residence Collection, the HWL window was put through a series of independent tests last month [March].

These delivered a series of top-rated passes under BS EN 6375 - 1 weather testing.

Graham Howatson, Director, HWL Trade Frames, said: “We’ve always had a high degree of confidence in our manufacturing process because of the time we have invested in its development and in our own in-house testing programme. The independent results we’re now seeing are an affirmation of that.

“While we will continue to offer glass-bonded windows as an option, it means installers can access R9 on a frame-only basis, which allows them to lower their costs but which also delivers so much more in flexibility and ease of installation, removing a barrier which has put off a section of the market.

“Handling is far easier because you’re removing the weight, they can order glass from their usual supplier and if an IGU is damaged or fails, it can be replaced far more easily than in a glass-bonded window.

The BS EN 6375 - 1 test results, conducted by Exova, give HWL’s R9 Timberweld® window an Exposure Category of 1600, a Class 3 Air Permeability Rating (600pa); a Class 9A (600pa) Water Tightness Rating; and top Class C4 (1600pa), resistance to wind.

The window is also currently under-going PAS24 security testing, with results expected later this month.

HWL’s launch of its frame-only R9 offer follows an extensive developmental programme, which gives HWL an almost unique capability in the UK to butt weld window and door sashes inside and out.

This replicates the aesthetic delivered in a 90° mechanical joint but also delivers a significant increase in the structural strength of the sash.

Graham continued: “R9 is a highly innovative system. We have embraced that spirit of innovation to move forward again by accessing new manufacturing processes to fabricate a window with an identical aesthetic but which makes installation far, far, easier.”

He concluded: “R9 has and enjoys incredible market reach. Being able to fit it more easily and to source glass locally, is a key competitive advantage for any retail businesses reducing supply costs and increasing opportunities to build in margin over their competitors.”

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This time last week, our feet were sore, our heads were hurting and we were running around like headless chickens – yes, we were halfway through the FIT Show 2017.

It was the first time that we had a presence at the biggest show in our industry, with two of our directors, our marketing manager and a number of our sales team heading to the NEC to promote our new unglazed R9 offering, as well as to check out the newest product launches.

And what a show it was!!

 From our stand-on-a-stand (we were alongside Total Machinery Solutions – TMS – on Stand A1), we showcased our glass-loose R9 window, which comes butt-jointed both internally and externally, but unglazed, meaning you get the following benefits:

  • Save money by buying your own glass
  • Easier to handle as can install glass on site
  • Remedial friendly – can easily change failed units

You may have seen our team out and about in their blue and white R9 Experts t-shirts, handing out flyers!

And as well as working, we also managed a bit of socialising, with our marketing manager Amelia managing to land a ticket to the Gala Dinner, courtesy of the Residence Collection and Solidor teams!!

We hope you all had as good a show as we did, and we’re already counting down to the FIT Show 2019!!

Find us on Stand A1

Tomorrow is the day…

The start of the FIT Show 2017.

And we are really excited that we will be exhibiting for the first time, on Stand A1, alongside machinery manufacturer TMS Ltd.

For those of you that don’t know, we recently installed one of TMS’s machines, which will allow us to provide the Residence Collection UNGLAZED, but with no visual difference – it will still be butt jointed inside and out.

We will be showing just how this works by de-glazing and re-glazing a Residence 9 window on our stand, as well as detailing the benefits, which include:

  • Saving money by being able to buy your own glass
  • Install glass on site making them easier to handle
  • Remedial friendly as you can easily replace failed units

We are also delighted to be introducing our new Order Guide and Order/Quote Forms, to make the buying process easier for you.

We look forward to seeing you there!!



The Residence Collection announces changes

R9 revolutionised the fenestration industry when it was launched five years ago, as an energy efficient, maintenance free alternative to often-costly timber windows.

Last year, the Residence Collection expanded with the launch of the completely flush R7 window, aluminium alternative R2 and R8, with a staff bead. The company also launched a door range, as well as storm sashes.

With the introduction of the new products, and the phenomenal success of R9, some growing pains ensued and the Residence Collection has addressed these by restructuring operationally as well as rationalising the range, in line with trends that they have noticed.

The changes that have been made are as follows:

Simplified handle range

The only handles now available will be Residence Collection’s own Romatopola range - the monkeytail and pear drop handle. The handmade range will no longer be part of the company’s offering.

Changing the colour ranges

The R9 colour options have been cut down to 22 options, rather than the 42 that they had before (twelve of the colours equalled 90% of sales last year, with seven alone making up 70%). Please email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request the new colour charts. Please click on the relevant product name to view the colour chart. The bespoke service is also no longer available.

R8 and the Storm Sashes are on hold

The R8 window, with its staff bead, won’t be available until further notice. However the staff bead can be used on other windows in the range. All the Residence windows and doors were also available with an overlapping ‘storm’ external option, designed for high altitude areas. These are also ‘on hold’. The Residence Collection has plans to launch these at a later date.

We think these changes will really make a positive change in the next year to drive the Residence Collection forward. And as one of only a handful of Residence Collection fabricators in the UK, we are sure we will see major growth in demand this year.

If you are an installer and want to start selling the Residence Collection, just let us know.


It’s only one week to go until the Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2016 at the Harrogate International Exhibition Centre!

Taking place from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th, we are excited to be showing off our range, including; the Residence Collection of timber alternative windows, a vertical sliding sash window and the Masterdor Craftsman precision engineered timber door.

Come and see us on Stand M218!

Part of the Profine Group, Europe’s leading window and door system supplier, Kömmerling is at the forefront of the PVC market due to its innovative, high quality profile systems, extensive product range and green initiative, which ensures low energy ratings.

It is due to these factors, as well as the company’s reliable and efficient delivery service, that we have been fabricating Kömmerling windows for the past 12 years.

Over the years, we have developed a strong partnership with the market leading company which has helped us to grow our business by providing our customers with high quality products, carefully timed deliveries and an excellent service overall.

We currently fabricate windows in both C70 and O70 profile, as well as manufacturing the PremiLine Pro sliding patio doors. A new addition to our Kommerling offering is the recently launched flat Ivory (RAL 9001) through-colour in C70 which we are offering at the same price, and turnaround (5 working days), as flat white.

We are really excited to be a finalist in the PVC Company 2016 category at the National Fenestration Awards. Please vote for us to win by clicking HERE.

As it gets closer to the Homebuilding & Renovating exhibition in Harrogate next month, we wanted to give you an update on the products that we would be exhibiting there.

Residence Collection

We will have four of the Residence Collection windows on display – Residence 9, Residence 7 and Residence2. The timber alternative selection has risen in popularity in recent times due to its sleek and elegant look, and large range of colour options, whilst being practically maintenance free. 

Vertical Sliding Sash Window

With the authentic appearance of a timber sash window but none of the drawbacks, the Spectus VS is widely regarded as the best PVC sliding sash window on the market. It is available in a wide choice of colours and woodgrain finishes, and is customisable to meet the highest security standards.

WarmCore Windows & Bi-Folding Doors

The newest innovation in aluminium window and bi-folding door technology, WarmCore offers aluminium aesthetics with the thermal performance of PVC. With clean and modern lines, WarmCore creates a look with a refined and understated beauty.

We will be on Stand M218 at the exhibition, which is being held at Harrogate International Exhibition Centre from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th November.

To claim two free visitor passes, please click HERE.

We are really excited to have been named as a Finalist in the PVC Company category of the National Fenestration Awards 2016. Thank you to everyone that nominated us.

Now, we need your votes to win. It will only take two minutes of your time! Please click on the link below:

Many thanks,

All the team at HWL Trade Frames