A Bigger Picture with Listers Gallery Doors.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 9 years since Lister Trade Frames of Stoke on Trent, launched their Dual Rebated Composite Gallery Door range. Debuting at Glassex in 2006, Listers introduced a high quality bespoke range of composite doors that offered the homeowner vastly improved energy efficiency, security and a range of colours and wood grain finishes that were well ahead of its time.
Phil Warren, Sales Director for Listers, said, “We’d been looking for alternatives to the more common PVCu panelled door but wanted to offer a higher quality alternative to the composite doors available back them. Working along with Halo, we developed and launched the first Dual Rebated Gallery Composite door.”
The Gallery Door’s selling features revolved around its construction which included steel reinforced sections with no use of timber. It was a 68mm slab compared to the 44mm standard on lesser composite doors and of course, they were dual rebated, combining all the best weatherproofing, installation and thermal aspects of the PVCu door with the added strength, security and solidity of a Composite product. Listers also took the unique approach of adding Secured by Design locking as standard to all Gallery doors for extra peace of mind.
“As with any new product though, there were some initial restrictions,” commented Phil, “not least the fact that there were a limited number of styles. We were only able to offer 12 variants and although this served us well for a number of years, as the market and tastes changed, we needed to expand that range and add more features to stay ahead of the competition.”
Fortunately thanks to an excellent working relationship with Halo, Listers worked alongside them to help develop the next generation of the door range. Now Listers have just launched the extended range at their trade opening day in December 2014.
“The options are incredibly exciting,” remarked Phil, “and we now have huge amount of styles to choose from. Not only that, but we are now offering any RAL colour to either side of the frame and slab, as well as a very impressive selection of contemporary hardware. The new styles are so varied and modern, they’re already attracting a new customer base.”
The new door styles were met with great enthusiasm by Listers trade customers who saw straight away the potential of the new options. When asked, Geoff Hodkinson, of Prospect Windows who attended the launch simply said, “A new Gallery door at last! Now I have even more to offer my customers.”
The industry has also recognised Listers quality and service in the composite door market having picked up the National Fenestration Award in 2014 for their composite and panelled door range.
“We’re already convinced that the new family of Gallery Composite Doors will be a massive hit for Listers and the Trade,” said Phil, “and you will be seeing lots more Gallery Doors popping up on an installation near you over the next few years.”