Cornwall LivingIssue #62

Transforming Cornwall’s coastline

We meet Neil Puttock, founder of Boavista Windows, who tells us about his company’s new, industry-leading range of window frames.

From Crackington Haven and Sennen Cove to Porthmeor Beach and the Carrick Roads, Cornwall’s splendour, geology and stunning coastlines continue to attract countless holidaymakers. The glorious sea views here are second-to-none, but what about those from the sea, looking back inland?

“It’s also 100 per cent recyclable, making this new range environmentally friendly, too!”

Even away from the coast, the Cornish landscape exudes charm and character, meaning that wherever you live, there’s so much to see and take in, even from behind the windows of your home. However, in a region that’s beaten by tumultuous and often unpredictable weather fronts, homes can often take a beating, and even those that are relatively new can soon be worn down by the continual blowing of sand, salty winds and ferocious rain.

We catch up with Neil Puttock, Managing Director at Boavista Windows, who tells us: “As someone who’s worked with windows for over 20 years, you could argue that I’m particularly sensitive to the naturally occurring damage that our windows take. However, countless conversations I’ve had with people over the last 20 years lead me to believe that I’m not alone!” Neil recently launched Boavista – Europe’s first full range of fibreglass window frames. Boavista sets new industry standards when it comes to sustainability, durability and performance, meaning there’s now a way to prevent your windows from becoming a blot on Cornwall’s property landscape!

But what makes these frames so good? Neil explains: “Fibreglass is exceptionally hardwearing, highly rot and corrosion-resistant and retains its finish for years due to its inherent strength and ability to hold paint. It’s also 100 per cent recyclable, making this new range environmentally friendly, too!”

In terms of design, fibreglass opens up a world of possibilities due to its strength and stability, which enable it to hold large surface areas of glass, bypassing the need to produce and fit specialist, structural glass. So, if you wish to make glass a prominent feature of your coastal property, you can do so without incurring huge expense.

To sum up, Neil says: “Fibreglass will help bring about the window revolution, replacing uPVC and aluminium windows with a stylish, sustainable and sturdy alternative. Who knows? Two decades from now, when fibreglass frames are a standard choice among Cornish homeowners, perhaps we’ll have completely forgotten about the unsightly problems of our current frames? One thing’s for sure, our coastline will look much better without them!”

"It’s also 100 per cent recyclable, making this new range environmentally friendly, too!"