October 04, 2009
FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, SEPT 30, 2008 – The Home Centre and Fenestration & Glass Services have teamed up to increase distribution of a wide range of advanced hurricane impact resistant window solutions that are manufactured here in Grand Bahama.
The Home Centre’s General Manager Daniel Lowe affirmed the new relationship as being a ‘win-win’ for Grand Bahama Island. “The Home Centre has always been a leader in building supplies and materials, and with our new relationship with Fenestration & Glass Services our customers will now enjoy the key benefits of their products and ability to deliver at an exceptionally fast rate.”
Mr Lowe said that The Home Centre now stocks a wide selection of top grade windows and has a team of qualified installers that can deliver and install windows for new structures and for upgraded buildings. The Home Centre also sells direct to contractors and sub-contractors at discounted rates so that those contractors can better serve their customers especially during challenging economic times.
“One of the reasons that we are really excited about these windows is that they are Miami-Dade County Approved hurricane impact resistant aluminum windows,” Mr Lowe explained. “This is very important as there is a great deal of testing done and a stringent approval process due to the strong hurricanes that we have in this part of the world.”
Mr Lowe asserted that, contrary to popular belief, not all windows are equal. “This is why we have now decided to carry Fenestration’s hurricane impact windows as opposed to other so-called ‘hurricane impact’ windows which are not Miami-Dade County Approved or, in some cases, may have no formal testing done.”
The building supplies expert recommended that those who may be in the market for hurricane impact windows should do careful research before buying. “Don’t hesitate to ask for evidence that the windows you are considering are, in fact, Miami-Dade County Approved,” Lowe said. “After all it is your money and sense of protection that you are dealing with.”
Fenestration & Glass Services opened its expansive $20 million window factory on Queen’s Highway in February of this year, where it manufactures impact resistant windows in a wide range of finishes and sizes. The company’s products were officially tested and accepted as fully compliant with the stringent Miami-Dade certification process, a rare feature among most window products in the Bahamas.
Director of Windows and Doors James Blake at Fenestration & Glass, said that the new relationship with The Home Centre is a welcome opportunity for Grand Bahama residents.
“With our complete line of windows now available at The Home Centre — including standard sizes and our fully custom-designed and manufactured windows — it means that people don’t have to go through this long waiting process and delay getting their houses secure,” Mr Blake stated.
Blake also emphasised the importance of high impact-rated glass during hurricane season but also noted that high-impact glass can be a vital way to added enhanced security, a vital consideration today, as well as beauty to any home.
“Not only can we deliver standard windows within a few days,” Blake said, “but we can supply custom windows and arches in just seven to ten days at no additional cost.” The company offers several wood grain finishes and can provide custom manufactured window arches to almost any specification.
The Home Centre now stocks a range of standard-sized hurricane impact windows, and is providing free estimates and in-house expert consultation for new and existing buildings requiring impact resistant windows.
About The Home Centre: The Home Centre is a division of Freeport Concrete Co Ltd, a publicly-traded company on the Bahamas International Stock Exchange (BISX, symbol: FCC). The Home Centre is the largest building supplies retailer in Grand Bahama, supplying local contractors and do-it-yourselfers with all types of building materials, including plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, standard and impact resistant windows, and paint supplies. The Home Centre also retails a complete range of lighting, flooring, kitchen cabinets, bathroom fixtures, tools and major appliances.
About Fenestration & Glass Services: Fenestration and Glass Services Ltd (FGS) is a worldwide supplier of window products manufactured in Freeport on Queens Highway. Their all-Bahamian worker force creates the finest quality economical windows with the highest design rating, resulting in excellence performance of the window against storms or other forms of impact. FGS windows are constructed with a patented hurricane impact glass as a standard offering and they offer an upgrade of thermo-insulated glass to help homeowners combat lost heating and cooling.
Photo 1: The Home Centre and Fenestration and Glass Services (FGS) have teamed up to serve the Bahamian market with high quality and economical windows and doors. FGS windows and doors meet the stringent Miami-Dade County impact glass specifications, making them among the highest-rated windows available in the Bahamas. The Home Centre team visited the FGS factory on Queen’s Highway in Freeport recently to observe the advanced manufacturing process taking place there. Here, Director of Doors and Windows at Fenestration and Glass Services James Blake shows The Home Centre representatives some of the decorative glass options available. Shown L-R: Mr Blake; Robert Graham, Supervisor of Doors and Windows at The Home Centre; Doors & Windows Sales agent Esther Rolle; and The Home Centre’s General Manager Daniel Lowe. (Photo: Erik J. Russell / Keen i Media Ltd)
Photo 2: The Home Centre and Fenestration and Glass Services (FGS) have teamed up to serve the Bahamian market with high quality and economical windows and doors. FGS windows and doors meet the stringent Miami-Dade County impact glass specifications, making them among the highest-rated windows available in the Bahamas. The Home Centre team visited the FGS factory on Queen’s Highway in Freeport recently to observe the advanced manufacturing process taking place there. Shown L-R from The Home Centre: General Manager Daniel Lowe; Doors & Windows Sales agent Esther Rolle; and Robert Graham, Supervisor of Doors and Windows at The Home Centre. Far right: James Blake, Director of Doors and Windows at Fenestration and Glass Services. (Photo: Erik J. Russell / Keen i Media Ltd)