1969 was an auspicious year, most spectacularly when Neil Armstrong became the first human to step foot on the moon. And although the feat was repeated several times, the desire to continue with the lunar programme never extended beyond 1972, due to political and fiscal constraints and ultimately a lack of will. Closer to home, a family company was being registered in the very same year, one that has exhibited more longevity.
From small beginnings in Helston, Collington & Company had a vision, one that has fuelled and rocketed us to where we find ourselves fifty-four years later. Quality, allied to competitive pricing has seen us navigate the cosmic storms of many economic ups and downs; turbulence that has caused our competitors to remain in shallow orbits or return to base with their missions unfulfilled. Disseminating this rationale throws up five key reasons as to why we have succeeded and why you should choose Collingtons for your windows, doors and conservatories.
Top of the pre-flight check list comes quality. A buzz word that is bandied around all too frequently but on closer inspection doesn’t actually convey what is being offered. A dictionary definition suggests it is the standard that something is measured against, which in turn implies that if an item doesn’t meet this requirement, it isn’t worthy of the description. In a highly competitive market, a company making such rash promises about its products would soon crash and burn. So, having been in business for over fifty years, basing our reputation around this belief, would suggest that we have managed to consistently land on target to meet our client’s expectations. It becomes self-fulfilling. Our longevity and therefore the reputation that we hold within the trade means that we can demand higher levels of excellence from our suppliers. This in turn translates into being able to provide our clients with the best products on the market. Confident in this knowledge allows us also to adopt a more relaxed approach when discussing options, offering practical advice to suit budgets, space and design preferences which we’ve found is very useful and appreciated.
As a family-owned company based in Helston, we are attuned to the requirements of those who have residences in the west country. We certainly don’t subscribe to the view that one solution fits all, which is possibly what you’ll find with larger pan-national companies. As those who have been domiciled in Cornwall all of your lives or have relocated from ‘up-country’ you’ll know the proclivities of the weather down here. We may not experience the cold chill and snowy winters but sun, rain and wind all combine to reek their effect upon our properties. That’s why it’s important to take advice from a company that’s in the know such as Collingtons. We make sure that what we install is fit for purpose and are confident in being able to offer ten-year guarantees. And should you require any maintenance or advice in the future we are literally just down the road!
The other big plus of being local is that would-be purchasers can view what’s on offer at our showroom. It’s okay looking at some types of items for sale on-line but when it comes to making a substantial purchase, that you’re going to have to live with for many years, then nothing beats the tactile and visual experience.
We appreciate that differentiation is a driving force when enhancing the look, value and practical nature of a property. Who wants to live in a house that looks exactly like the one next door? This is why we offer fully customisable options. For example, our doors come in a range of styles to suit their purpose – entrance doors, patio and French doors and bi-fold doors, all of which are available in a wide range of materials including uPVC, composite and aluminium. The same level of choice can be found within our window range – uPVC, sliding sash uPVC, flush uPVC casement and aluminium casement. And of course, they’re all available in a wide range of colours, that are either embedded in the very material employed at the point of manufacture or spray painted afterwards.
Installation & Service
To maintain control and ensure your project takes off and remains on course we have our own team of designers, installers and engineers (no hard salesmen live here!). Our fitters are all skilled tradespeople, and employed by us, so we can ensure the highest quality of workmanship. We are proud to be a FENSA and Buy with Confidence company, which means that anything we install automatically complies with modern building regulations and gives you, our customers, peace of mind.
Should your window, door or conservatory require an efficient and effective repair on its journey then talk to a member of our service & maintenance department. Our experienced engineers can offer you a free, no-obligation quote and any work that we agree would be carried out at your convenience, so let us know what days and hours work best and we will work around you. Our service team are all fully trained to offer advice on all types of windows, doors and conservatories and fully qualified to carry out maintenance work on all uPVC frames and, windows.
We know what it means to be a part of the local community. We think it’s always important to support one another, in order to achieve a thriving local economy. In a world that can seem so disconnected, we believe it has never been more vital to retain those community ties, not just for the economy, but to provide opportunities for all. So, having benefitted from a loyal and local customer base throughout the decades we feel that it’s only right to put something back in. To this end we’ve teamed up with Helston Rugby Club and are proud to have sponsored the current under 12’s group team for several years now in addition to offering to sponsor the Helston Vixens Women’s rugby team. We also support something that is close to our hearts, and that’s the under 10’s football team Helston Hurricanes alongside the under 12’s girls football team, the Helston Dolphins!
So, if you’re aiming for the stars (or just the moon) with your home improvement project you could do far worse than contact Collington and Company. We may not be a multi-million dollar fed company but through hard work and a keen focus on customer care our trajectory has been clear from that inaugural day back in 1969.