Monthly Archive: October 2018

Aspire Bifolds choose Windowlink from day one

Windowlink is an essential working partner for Aspire Bifolds

When Aspire Bifolds set up just two years ago, one of the first phone calls Director John Small made was to Mark at Windowlink. Having worked with Windowlink’s software before, John knew it was integral to the success of the business.

After 10 years in the industry, John and fellow director James Wenlock set up the supply and fit business in October 2016. The following year, the duo opened a showroom. “We are growing fast,” says John. “Even though we are in the early stages of the business, we are very busy. We already have three surveyors as well as three full-time installation teams.

“Because we are busy it’s a no-brainer to have Windowlink software in place. It saves loads of time for us and adds a level of professionalism to our quotes. When we are with a customer, we can measure up, put the sizes in the system with some other variables and it gives us an accurate sales price within seconds. We set our margins in the software, and that means we have confidence that we are selling at the right prices.

“Windowlink makes choosing the options simple and we often turn around the screen, so customers can pick for themselves. They feel very involved in the process, and they especially like the visual element of Windowlink’s software where they see what their property will look like in 3D from inside and outside, with the new products fitted just from uploading a photo.

“Without Windowlink we would have to send the information off to the supplier for the trade price and wait. We would have to reformat and reword it, before sending it out to customers. Then there are all the contracts and invoices that are automatically produced and emailed immediately to the customer as part of the service.”

Windowlink creates personalised templates of all the paperwork needed by companies selling windows, doors and roofs. “Any changes we want to make are done very quickly,” adds John. “In fact, often it is immediate.

“Windowlink is an essential working partner for Aspire Bifolds, just as important as our window and door suppliers. The software gives us a level of professionalism and accuracy that gives us confidence to continue to build our business for the future.”

Some of the updates available under the Gold Service Scheme

Summary of some Gold Service Updates

Available FOC as part of your Service Agreement

General

  • New licensing model – gets rid of dongles and makes it easy to fine-tune installations so each user can (if desired) have different features switched on or off)
  • Basic colours in reports can now be changed by users (text/borders etc)
  • Drawings (.wcd files) can now be opened by double-clicking on them in Windows Explorer (subject to the correct Windows file association being created). NOTE : This only works for ‘Document Set Type = FileSystem’.
  • Finance agreements – Programs can now calculate monthly PMT – calculates the payment for a loan based on constant payments and a constant interest rate.

Glazed Extensions

  • Roof windows can now be hinged at the top (roof lights) or centrally (Velux style)
  • Roof windows can be of different materials for (for example) PVCu or aluminium roofs
  • Glazing end-closer rules for conservatory modules re-instated.
  • Decorative (stone/soldier course etc) cills and lintels can be incorporated
  • Parapet lean-to modules added.

Frames

  • Trickle vents can now be positioned in the frame (i.e. central/proportioned, over openers or over mullions) (Included with production and advanced Focus)
  • Triangular shapes now available
  • Additional survey sizes can be input (Inside and outside aperture sizes, width and height clearances, diagonals, internal height above floor level) (Advanced Focus only)
  • Timber vertical sliders can now be constructed using mullions that ‘break-through the outer frame.
  • Aluminium sections can now be split into the two aluminium sections and thermal break so that aluminium material pricing can be updated throughout all sections by changing just 1 figure. (There may be a charge involved in incorporating this into your program)

Available as chargeable additions to your software

General

  • Analytics module –
    1. can analyse windows, doors and conservatories put through Focus/Vector to give trend information
    2. can analyse sales (if using pricing) (per area, per product/frame type, per salesman etc)
  • Sign/Email options added to all software – this allows a salesman to collect a signature ‘on the night’ and to send a contract by email to the customer, and job files etc to the office.  It also allows automation of the quote/order/survey process (chargeable)

Glazed Extensions

  • Solid roofs (tiled)
  • Profile solid roofs (for example the Ultraframe’s LivinRoof)
  • Solid and profile solid roofs have internal flat or pitched ceilings with/without pelmets and mansard roofs
  • Full height glass panels can be inserted into both solid and profile solid roofs.

Frames

  • Machining centre link now available (chargeable)
  • Saw links available (chargeable)
  • Arched and circular section frames (chargeable)
  • Lantern roofs can now be incorporated into window and door quotes (chargeable)
  • Pickable Fitters lists now available (Advanced Focus)

How to get more profitable business from Solid Roof installations

The conservatory market has evolved a lot over the years and the trend towards solid roofs is the most exciting development yet for many installers.

Fitting a new solid roof on to an existing conservatory gives installers the opportunity to turn around a project more quickly without employing several sub-contract trades. For new build, choosing a solid rood system to create a glazed extension with sliding patio or bi-fold doors reduces the number of trades required and is usually faster than a traditional build.

Good design reduces time on site

Reducing labour time is the key to increasing the profit from fitting solid roof replacements or building glazed extensions. Good design and agreeing the details with the customer before you start will make the whole job go smoother and prevent costly delays.

Windowlink Vector Solid Roof design module is a great way to show your customer how the finished solid roof conservatory or extension will look, whilst helping you to create the simplest roof design for the project.

Vector Solid Roof module can be added to both the Conservatory and Orangery designers. It clearly represents traditional tiled or slated roofs and shows the various solutions marketed by roofing companies. These include Ultraframe’s realROOFTMand the Guardian RoofTM.

You can also cost the project by the integrating Vector Solid Roof module with the intelligent pricing modules.

Ask us about adding Vector Solid Roof to your existing Conservatory or Orangery package.

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