Supporting social housing and commercial opportunities

We see from our own sales that social housing contracts are driving the growth for these hardware solutions

An article written for The Fabricator magazine, September 2023

Growing sales of tilt & turn and reversible hardware demonstrate the strength of the commercial sector currently. But as John Crittenden, Managing Director of Carl F Groupco, explains, fabricators that want to secure their status as go-to commercial contractors need to choose hardware components with care. 

Tilt & Turn and Reversible windows have become the hallmark of contemporary architectural design and are more often the default window solutions for the commercial sector. So, when we see growing volume sales of hardware for these window styles, we know the commercial sector is performing well.  

This is borne out in the statistics. In its Summer 2023 UK Economics Report, RIBA says there has been quarter-to-quarter comparative growth in the commercial, public non-housing (including schools and hospitals) and infrastructure. The repair and maintenance sectors have also seen growth.1 

We see from our own sales that social housing contracts are driving the growth for these hardware solutions, although we’re also seeing an increase in demand for high-end architecture-led projects too. 

With the volatility of the market, it comes as little surprise that RIBA is projecting a contraction in the construction industry this year before a return to growth in 2024, so it’s good to see there are still bright spots for the industry. However, to secure contracts in the strong sectors, having the right hardware to deliver on specification and value for money is vital. 

For our customers, the hardware solutions from Roto have emerged frontrunners for both tilt & turn and reversible windows because of the functionality it delivers.  

The Roto NT Tilt and Turn hardware system can achieve the most stringent security, operating convenience, durability and design requirements. It has a wide range of components and accessories, which allows windows to be customised to meet most project requirements, including additional PAS 24 compliant security and automation upgrades.  Components are modular and perfectly tailored to each other offering many combinations to enable customers’ requirements to be met as flexibly as possible. And for project peace of mind, there is a 10-year functional warranty on all component parts, and the RotoSil finish provides BS EN 1670 Grade 5 corrosion resistance as standard. 

Turning to reversible window hardware, the robust Roto FRH UNI reversible system has been designed for multi-storey public, commercial and residential buildings. The sash and frame details are the same for all window variants, allowing styles to be fitted without changing profile routing. This ensures a uniform aesthetic appearance on all window styles, enhancing a building’s envelope. The Roto TSL espagnolette completes the reversible window offering, providing the same Grade 5 surface finish with a PAS 24 compliant lock and a complete Roto hardware solution. These benefits help secure the hinge’s place as the market frontrunner for reversible window systems in the UK and is available exclusively through us.

We’ve worked with Roto for many years, and it’s a relationship that’s rooted in a shared commitment to add value to our customers. The Roto and Carl F Groupco teams support fabricators through their hardware transition as well as specification, testing, software set up and production optimisation.

To add further value, Roto work closely with us to ensure outstanding stock reliability, helping to give customers the peace of mind they need.  

The growth of sales in the commercial and social housing sectors is undoubtedly good news. At the same time, it is important to remember the volatility of the market. To protect your business and ensure you maximise your chances of remaining a longstanding approved commercial partner, it’s vital to have the right products in your portfolio. When it comes to the hardware for tilt & turn and reversible windows the commercial and social housing sector relies on, the answer is always Roto from Carl F Groupco. 


Back to News

More News

Keep In Touch

Contact us for more information on our products, services, and support. Stay up to date with our latest hardware news and connect with our team on Twitter and LinkedIn.