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Housing : June 2009
the right solution One of Australia’s leading window and door manufacturers believes the right solution is not necessarily the most expensive. Annie Reid reports. B rian Stegley and George Barrow hit the nail on the head when they founded Stegbar in 1946. Their ethos was to offer great advice, expertise and the ability to deliver, and judging by their loyal and long-standing client base, the mantra is just as relevant and successful today as it was 63 years ago. Stegbar has two key divisions: windows and doors, plus showerscreens and wardrobes. They supply their products all over Australia through their 2000 employees, and have access to a vast, international network of resources so they can apply the most current research and development methods. The products are trusted, cutting edge and offer value to builders, says Stegbar NationalMarketingManager Bruce Tosello. ‘Lots of people can make windows and showerscreens, but providing them with innovative, quality products is what we pride ourselves on.’ For example, he says the current window trend is for large, chunky frames and equally sized glazing areas. Stegbar’sArchitectural Series in western red cedar and aluminium easily address this market. TheAurora Glass range challenges the traditional use of painted glass – in splashbacks, mirrors and showerscreens – and turns it into a design tool. Through the JELD-WEN GlassAustralia processing plant inMelbourne, glass can be polished, cut, shaped, engraved and toughened – opening the door to its use in other forms such as wall cladding in bathrooms and shower screen walls. Another example is theAuroraMirastar range, which unlike traditional mirror has a coating instead of silver paint, therefore allowing it to be toughened for use in wet areas. ‘It’s all about taking glass to the next level, and providing builders with an opportunity to add value to their clients,’ Bruce says. Keeping up with trends is perhaps best highlighted by Stegbar’s involvement in Channel Nine’s popular new television renovation program homeMADE. Producer Julian Cress was so impressed when Stegbar provided the products for his show The Block, that he asked them back to provide the windows, doors, wardrobes, mirrors and showerscreens for all 16 houses featured in homeMADE. The show creates opportunity for builders by demonstrating that homeowners don’t need to spend much or alter the building structure to make significant changes to their homes. Above: Stegbar Aurora Mirastar showerscreen. Left: Stegbar Aluminium Architectural windows. 62 HOUSING JUNE 2009