Facilities and Resources


Facilities and Resources

P. H. Insulations operates from a 10,000 sq. ft. workshop and office facility, housing the latest
CNC operated machinery for manufacturing the flashings and trims used in our installations.

We carry stocks of the most common steel sheet material for the manufacture of flashings – including white food-safe laminate to match panel surfaces, galvanised steel up to 2mm thickness for various channels and top hat strengtheners etc., stainless steel, colour coated steels and aluminium sheets normally used for protecting panels at low level. We also carry stocks of fixings, sealants, silicones, coving and angles so we are able to supply any of our sites within 24hrs, or less if necessary for emergency purposes.

We generally buy in the insulated panels and the majority of the doors we install, but do carry a small stock of insulated panels – again for use in emergency situations, or if any of our customers require works carrying out at short notice or during shutdown periods.

Because we have this facility, we can often quickly supply to site any materials required urgently due to unforeseen circumstances. An additional benefit is that we – and our customers – have access to anything we require 24hrs a day, 7 days a week from stock delivered to site on our own transport again. The obvious advantages of this are less down time on site because of waiting for materials to be delivered from external sources. This ensures continuity of works for us, and following trades such as electricians and mechanical/refrigeration engineers etc.

We have a base of fully employed operatives – a mixture of skilled, semi-skilled and labourers. Each site will have a supervisor appointed in charge of the works who is a trained and sensible operative capable of liaising with the customers appointed engineer/project manager. Any large or particularly challenging projects benefit from having a full time Site Supervisor/Manager. Our Contracts Manager or Managing Director Paul Howarth, visit sites regularly.

When very busy or have large contracts running, like most companies we supplement our labour force with labour-only sub-contractors. Paul Howarth says: “As I have been in the industry for many years I have found that there are good and unfortunately bad sub-contractors. We have been able to separate the good from the bad. We try where possible to use sub-contractors as supplementary labour only and place them on sites with our own employees although this may not always be possible.”

We treat sub-contractors as if fully employed, covered by our company insurance policies etc. and we provide all the Health & Safety documentation for them to work to, including the mandatory method statements and risk assessments and also set down the standard of quality they are expected to work to. “Our management regularly visit sites and attend meetings to assess the works as they proceed, so sub-contractors are not left alone to carry out the works, which is when I have found the problems do occur,” Paul Howarth adds.




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