Homebuilding & Renovation Show

The end of March saw us attend our 2nd exhibition of the month. This time at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show held at the NEC in Birmingham.

Our longest show of the year, and one that we’ve attended for the previous 6 years, is the first Homebuilding show of the year. It also seems to be getting bigger and bigger as the years go on. This year was no exception. For those of you who know the NEC this years event was held in halls 9, 10, 11 and 12 and lucky for us we seem to be right slap bang in the middle of it at the edges of halls 10 and 11.

As this is an exhibition more tailored to the self builder/ contractor, as oppose to the design team like Ecobuild is, this show allows us to focus more on our core business products of Lewis Deck and Lacomet rather than our more commercial grade systems, it also means we don’t have to lug that massive Op-Deck display model around like we did down in London.

This year as well we were able to have our new 36mm thick screeded floor with underfloor heating system on display for the first time at one of these exhibitions. Ideally suited for renovation projects where there are issues with beam strength and also floor to ceiling heights, it provides floors with a stronger alternative to traditional heated upper floor systems. We are still running through the R&D process with the help of Teesside University, but it was great to see it on display and having people asking questions about it.

We also had this new website launched in between Ecobuild and this show so both myself and Chris were directing people to it as much as we could.

With the show running from Thursday through to the Sunday afternoon we generally see a slow start on the Thursday and peaking on Friday for trade visitors and Saturday for the self-builders/ DIY enthusiasts. However from 11am on the Thursday the first 3 days went with a blur! Sunday was most definitely the quietest day, but it was Mothers Day and the sun was out for the first time in ages! Hopefully the organisers will keep an eye on this for next year because it definitely had an effect on the numbers attending that day.

Just like Ecobuild we always try and take a step back at the end of the show and digest the numbers before coming to a conclusion about how successful we think the show was. We already know, however, in the week or so since the show ended that we can call the show a success. Already we’ve seen the number of quotations requested on the back of the show jump up from the previous years and the number of people viewing our new website has also been much higher than what we have been seeing with the old website over the last few months.

For us, being away from home and our families, for almost a full week is quite hard and very tiring but when we see the results and the feedback we get from people who come and talk to us it makes it all worthwhile and very fulfilling.

If you did come and see us we thank you very much for taking that time out of your day to listen to us ramble on about what we do. If you are still just thinking about what you want to do then we are here to help answer any questions you may have about your future project. If you are further on than that and have something on the drawing board or have even started it and you liked the sound of what we were talking about then please send us over a drawing or two of your project and let us take a look. We can hopefully show you how Lewis or one of our other systems can benefit your project.

If you were just at the show to have a look around and dreaming of a future project that you’d love to do, keep dreaming and we’ll see you next year down there between the 22nd and 25th March 2018.


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  • Q

    What are the Lewis Deck sheet sizes?


    Q: What sheet sizes are held in stock for delivery within a few days after order? A: We stock 2500mm and 1300mm sheets.  These are all 630mm wide and 16mm deep.  Deliveries are made via the pallet network directly to site.  The smaller sheets are aimed at small bathroom renovation projects and can be supplied in small numbers via TNT. 2.5* and 1.3m sheets allow for the 100mm overlap to occur over a joist, with joist centres being either 300mm, 400mm, 600mm, 800mm*, 1200mm and 2400mm*. (*2.5m sheet only) For larger projects we are able to produce bespoke sheet sizes if required, please get in contact to discuss other options for sheet sizes.


    Lacomet – How come it has no scrap value?


    Lacomet – How come it has no scrap value? Many of the projects that we get involved in starts with a phone call or email to us from someone researching replacing stolen leadwork. Many of these are old buildings, such as schools or churches, where this isn’t the first time that the lead has been stolen and they call us fed up with having to replace it again full in the knowledge that they will more than likely go through the same problem once more in the near future if they continue to use lead. One of the big benefits that Lacomet FL brings to a project is the fact that it has no scrap value and therefore the chances of it being stolen are massively reduced. Due to the 2 thin aluminium layers, and its five layer total construction, it is of no value to thieves. Lacomet can be recycled but the polyester based coating would need to be de-laminated first and the amount of recovered aluminum is then very low, in fact it would be easier and more profitable to collect empty drinks cans than to mess about stripping Lacomet down. We can also supply stickers that can be placed in strategic locations informing people that what is now on the roof is not lead and that it has no scrap value.

  • Q

    Why don't my Lewis sheets interlock like they do in the video?


    Q: Why don't my sheets interlock like they do in the video? A: The sheets have two sides (one printed, one plain), the dovetails on either side are different widths, it is then necessary to alternate the sheets print up and then print down.


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