Optimism rises with market confidence

LB Roof Windows says optimism across the construction industry is high after completing a survey of 12,000 builders and installers.

Partnering with Insight Data, LB Roof Windows set out with the purpose of ‘taking the industry’s pulse’ and found that just under 80% of respondents believe there will be more growth across the building industry this year than in 2014. The remaining contributors to the study expect activity to remain at least at similar levels to those recorded last year.

Adrian Cooper, sales director for LB Roof Windows, said: “These results show incredible confidence in the economy and, after years of ‘battening down the hatches’, it’s great to see businesses in the building sector thriving again.”

The survey also found that mortgage availability and affordability are also back on the rise, which is seen as an encouraging sign by the majority of builders. Just over 58% of the respondents believe this will have a positive effect on the number of jobs in 2015.

In addition, the survey found that a good proportion of the respondents (37.5%) do not believe the home improvement trend will slow down, as the current housing shortage means old properties will need to be renovated.

Mr. Cooper added: “The figures are also confirmed by our own surge in sales of roof windows, flat roof domes and accessories over the first quarter of 2015. We doubled our storage space at the beginning of the year with the addition of a new industrial unit in order to make sure we meet our customers’ growing demand for these products. It is especially our Aurora Roof Window, produced by the VKR Group, who also manufacture Velux, that is spearheading our growth.”


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