New records continue to be set in the property sector. The latest house price index from Rightmove has revealed that the average price of property coming onto the market in May 2021 increased by 1.8% on April, to a new high of £333,564. According to Rightmove’s Director of Property Data, Tim Bannister, ‘last year’s unexpected mini-boom is rolling into 2021, with new price and market activity records again defying many predictions. This is supported by the most recent data from Halifax which has revealed the average prices of a home in St Mawes, Cornwall is now £501,638 - an increase of 48% higher year on year. In Salcombe, on the South Coast of Devon, the average price of a property is just shy of £1m – an eye watering £950,325.
“The demand for property, especially at the top end of the market, in rural or coastal locations is exceptional,” says Dave Broxton, Managing Director, Bohle. “That’s good news for estate agents but it also presents significant opportunities for companies to capitalise on demand for home improvements. When we’re talking about high value property, that often means the addition of large areas of glass, including oversized sliding patio doors that open up to outside areas, to make the most of the view – that’s helped to massively increase demand for glass balconies and balustrades. In the past, these have had limited appeal because the products required to fit them were designed mainly for commercial applications,” continues Dave. “Our VetroMount system is different because it’s been designed specifically for the residential market – it’s much less complicated. Because of that it’s far easier and quicker to install. You don’t need specialist tools so the cost of installing it is minimal. That means you can enjoy a much healthier margin.”
VetroMount is designed around an innovative mounting kit. This is located inside the profile, fixing the glass into place using a knock-in clamping system and patented ‘zip-lock’ mechanism to secure it into place. That works in conjunction with an easy-adjust system, that can be aligned plus or minus 20mm in either direction by hand. Supplied in lengths of 2.5 and 5m, VetroMount can accommodate glass thicknesses of up to 21.5mm and is tested to a rail load of 0.74kN. The system is also counterbored, which means that it can be installed with standard fixings, delivering a premium finish without the additional cost. VetroMount has also been designed to ensure that drill holes can be set further apart at distances of up to 400mm. Available in standard and flush finish options, Bohle has recently added a third ‘Y’ shaped channel to the range which tapers down to the face of the substrate, creating a stylish, contemporary finish.
“Because VetroMount is so user friendly, the feedback we’ve had from experienced installation businesses has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Dave. “A big part of that is because it’s so easy to fit. All you have to do is order the length of the channel you need, order the glass and the fixing kit and that’s it – there’s no need to process the glass on site. You can install the whole system from one side, which saves a lot of time and effort when you’re operating at ground level because you don’t have to constantly hop from one side to the other to make adjustments,” he adds.
“And it’s even more of an advantage when you’re working from height. That’s played a big part in encouraging customers who have never touched balustrading before to take it on, and they are winning new business because of it. “Once they do, they’ve also taken the opportunity to upsell,” Dave continues. “VetroMount is supplied with an innovative clip and fix finishing option, which allows installers to apply a stainless steel skin to the standard anodised finish. “While the average price of property has now hit a third of a million pounds, the increase at the top end of the market is even more pronounced, as homeowners continue to pay over the odds for more space, and the potential for a better work life balance,” concludes Dave. “Demand for our VetroMount system has never been higher. That’s a reflection of the strength of the residential market and the level of opportunity for companies who can offer a premium, high margin home improvement solution.”