Perfect Office Space

At a time where more employees than ever before are able to work from home, the demand for home offices has increased significantly. Garden rooms are a popular solution to the issue of extra space in which to work, and here Alan Robinson, director of specialist aluminium door and window fabricator, Alumen advises how installers can increase business by helping their customers achieve the perfect office space with aluminium bi-fold doors.

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According to the Office for National Statistics, around 13% of people in the UK now work full time from home, with many more doing so at least one day a week. With the recession showing no real signs of disappearing in the short term, and business running costs on the increase, this is a timely cost effective solution for businesses, and can even generate increased productivity.

On top of these figures add the increasing number of people who have started their own business from their homes, after being made redundant from struggling firms and it is clear that this is a trend that is here to stay. So it comes as no great surprise that, as highlighted in the Window, Door and Conservatory Markets in Housing 2012 Edition from Palmer Market Research, there is increased demand for the extension and improvement of homes, in particular, the kind of higher value conservatories, orangeries and garden rooms that can provide the perfect home office space.

Garden rooms specifically are perfect for this purpose as they provide a comfortable, spacious room to work in, away from the distractions of the home itself, and can be utilised the whole year round. Whether they are adjoined to the property or standalone in the garden, bi-fold doors are ideal for combining the indoor and outdoor living space, or allowing natural light into the room. It is widely documented that natural light in a workplace can reduce eye strain, increase productivity, and even help to minimise absenteeism.

At Alumen we have noticed a marked increase in the number of our aluminium bi-folding and sliding doors being sold to garden room applications designed to provide an additional working space in the customer’s home. Bi-fold doors can provide a 90% opening onto a conservatory, patio or garden room, and aluminium is fast becoming a popular choice due to its lightweight, yet strong and long lasting nature. Alumen customers have a choice of approaches, as we offer both Schueco and SMART aluminium bi-folding door systems.

SMART Systems are popular within the domestic market due to their reputation for product innovation, design and technical competence, and Alumen offers the SMART Visofold 1000 and Visoglide systems. Schueco is a world class leader in energy efficient technology, and Alumen is one of only a select number of UK fabricators able to offer its bi-folding sliding doors range. Our sliding patio doors are equipped with the latest polyamide thermal barrier technology, which creates a thermal transmittance barrier between the cold outside and the warm inside, perfect for working in the warmth and comfort of a garden room office.

Installers wishing to take advantage of these products can benefit from our extensive technical expertise, and we offer a supply only or complete supply and installation service with full 10-year guarantee through our sister company GRP Designs. We also manufacture or supply complementary aluminium products including aluminium windows, French doors, rooflights, and conservatory roofs.

If you are looking to break into a sector within our market that is still experiencing growth, why not speak to us? We are keen to partner with proactive installation companies across the UK so if you are interested in growing your sales with the support of the Alumen door and window brand, call us on: 01536 737377 or visit: