Category Archives: Doors, Windows & Glazing

Commercial Doors Made Easy, in Jack Aluminium’s New Brochure

Jack Aluminium

If you need an aluminium commercial door, just ask Jack.  Fabricators can find everything they need to create high-quality, secure and thermally efficient commercial doors, in the new TD68 Jack Door brochure from systems specialist Jack Aluminium – available to download at www.jackaluminium.co.uk.

“As part of our marketing support for fabricators, we’ve launched the brochure so they can give their customers a simple, at-a-glance reference to the benefits of the Jack Door system,” says Ash Pearson, Sales Manager at Jack Aluminium.

 “The Jack Door gives fabricators an easy route towards meeting PAS 24 and Secured by Design.  It’s the ideal choice for schools and colleges, hospitals, local authorities and other commercial buildings where security is essential.”

The brochure covers the most comprehensive range of PAS24 commercial doors available, including controlled access, emergency exit and remote access, and a wide variety of hardware and colour options.

All door profiles have in-built strength, security and thermal efficiency, backed by extensive independent testing.  “The Jack Door helps fabricators to meet robust specification guidelines.  The TD68 system has passed PAS 24 and is fully Q marked, so it is ready for fabricators to attain Secured by Design status.

“The Jack Door also gives fabricators real design flexibility.  It has been tested up to 1300 mm wide by 2480 mm high to comply with DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) clear opening directives and we’re constantly testing new sizes. We have also tested sidelights & fanlights to PAS 24, allowing customers to build SBD compliant screens.

“When it comes to thermal efficiency, we have achieved a U-value of 1.7 W/m2k on a 1230 mm wide door.”

Jack Aluminium maintains extensive aluminium stock holding for fast delivery, and offers expert service & support to fabricators and their customers.

www.jackaluminium.co.uk

Homes transformed with Accoya® doors and windows

With summer fast approaching, many homeowners will be planning to use the milder weather to start thinking about renovations. Upgrading tired doors and windows with certain types of wood will help weather-proof and better insulate homes for many years to come. Beautifully crafted Accoya wooden window frames and doors best equip your home to withstand the UK weather all year round as well as helping to breathe new life into older properties.

timber windows and doors

Leading modified wood product Accoya is considered by most installers, builders and DIY enthusiasts as the best wood for the job. With a reputation for being exceptionally low maintenance, Accoya has a long lifespan and comes with a 50 year warranty. The wood also has outstanding environmental credentials and is one of the greenest wood products on the market.

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For UK homeowners, the most important factor when choosing doors and windows is that the product is resilient enough to withstand the changeable and often harsh UK weather. With driving rain and a stark contrast in summer and winter temperatures, wood used for windows and doors needs to offer superior insulating capabilities, be hard-wearing and require little maintenance over its full life cycle.

timber windows and doors

Accoya windows, doors and shutters are proven to be durable, with no risk of warping or rot due to the process with which the wood is made. This makes any coatings, paints or varnishes last two times longer with Accoya than traditional woods, and require less preparation and sanding.

Accoya wood is also fantastically versatile and has been successfully installed in new build homes as well as historic properties. The wood can be used to create a wide range of designs, from the simple to the complex, offering a great choice of finishes and colours which makes it an ideal material for a multitude of properties – from bijou city apartments to grand Victorian villas.

Not only does the addition of bespoke Accoya doors and windows really complement the overall appearance of a home, homeowners can be safe in the knowledge that they will last for decades to come.

With years of research and product development, Accoya is modified through to its core to make it one of the most advanced wood products on the market today. Accoya is therefore one of the best quality woods for doors and windows on the market, with examples from around the UK and the world demonstrating its key features and benefits.

Fairlight Home, Hastings

Accoya architecture

Accoya architecture

Designed by London based architecture firm Alma-nac, this split level home replaces a 1950’s bungalow and run-down barn which sits on a hilltop in the village of Fairlight, on the southern coast of England.

Accoya was used for windows, window reveals and doors for the stylish property. The owners were keen to build an environmentally friendly home which took advantage of its picturesque hilltop location. Using Accoya allowed the family to install windows and doors which were developed with the highest green credentials and would withstand the exposed coastal location.

Berkshire Home, London

Accoya woodIn the heart of Berkshire, Accoya doors were tailor-made by SB Joinery to help create a stunning new home.

SB Joinery installed Accoya doors in the main Manor house as well as the Lodge House and outbuildings. Accoya wood was selected to complement the property’s appearance. Plus, the 50 year warranty was also a major factor when choosing Accoya over other woods.joinery blog

Winchester Home, Hampshire Accoya wood

This striking new build property in Winchester was built to last, with Accoya sliding sash windows, bifold doors, French doors and frames from SB Joinery’s Stockbridge range. Naturally insulating and highly durable, the owners were particularly impressed with the finish of the Accoya doors and windows and their performance in a range of weather conditions.

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Weybridge Home, Surrey

Manufactured by SB Joinery, Accoya was selected for French and bi-fold doors throughout this beautiful home in Weybridge, Surrey.Accoya Wood

The owners were after a natural wood finish which could also stand up to the elements. Accoya was used to provide a seamless finish, enhancing the overall look of the property. The doors were completely bespoke, designed to the highest specification throughout the property. Accoya was also selected due to the fact it does not shrink or swell during seasonal weather changes.

Country Home, Bath

Accoya Wood

Accoya was selected for the windows and French windows and doors throughout this stunning country home on the outskirts of Bath.

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All of the windows and doors were completely bespoke and crafted using traditional methods by the team at Bath Bespoke. Working closely with the clients and architects, a combined mixture of styles – some sleek, contemporary elements as well as some period style mouldings – where created to complement the exposed stone throughout the property.

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Laura Keily, head of marketing for Accsys Technologies, commented: “Accoya is a fantastic product to add the finishing touches to your home. All of these stunning properties are great examples of the different types of doors and windows that can be made from one of the world’s most sustainable, resilient and best performing woods.

“Not only does the addition of the Accoya doors and windows really complement the overall appearance achieved by the properties, the homeowners can relax and enjoy them knowing they will last for many years so come. We hope to see many more residential projects featuring Accoya in the UK in the near future.”

Accoya windows and doors can be purchased through a selection of joinery firms across the UK. For more information click here.

AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre is a ‘Lancashire Hot Spot’ for Architects

aluminium windows and doors

Architects can discover the full design potential of aluminium at the new AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre – a Lancashire ‘Hot Spot’ for aluminium windows and doors.

The specially designed centre is part of the leading aluminium fabricator’s new factory premises based in Blackburn and customers are invited to call in to see, touch and feel the full range of modern aluminium glazing products available for their project.

“The new centre has been designed to help our customers choose the best products to develop their projects,” explains Craig Miller, Managing Director of AluFoldDirect. “We have installed full-size, working displays of our range so they can see just how many options they have.

“The AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre aims to be a useful resource where the whole supply chain, from specification to end user, can get the best advice on how to choose aluminium glazing, backed by top customer support.

“The centre has been split into two separate zones, domestic and commercial and each area has been designed to reflect the look of a typical installation. The domestic zone has a homely feel and the commercial area is a coffee bar, providing a perfect place for customer consultations over a brew.

“It’s the ideal place to ask our on-site aluminium experts to help specify their project and get it right first time. We’ll listen to what our customers need and help them to realise their designs through our precise manufacturing, fast lead times and delivery direct to site.”

For domestic glazing, the AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre includes the new Technic-AL RD1 residential door as well as AluFoldDirect’s best-selling range of aluminium bi-folding doors and slimline windows.

Commercial customers can see aluminium entrance doors and curtain walling using the highly-respected Jack Aluminium system.  The door is equipped with the ISEO Multiblindo lock, the latest advance in versatile commercial security.

Craig adds: “The AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre is open 8:30am – 5:30pm, Mon to Fri, so feel free to drop by to discuss your project with us or visit http://www.alufolddirect.co.uk/aluminium-showroom.html to find out more.”

Is oak really the best choice of timber for external windows and doors?

If asked what they consider to be the best timber for external windows and doors, the majority of British homeowners would possibly say oak. The much-loved native British tree is well-known for creating a hard, sturdy and long-lasting timber. And when freshly machined and coated, there is certainly no doubt that it is a really beautiful wood.

oak windows doors

For centuries, oak has been used as a building material and there are countless old buildings across the UK where interior oak beams have survived hundreds of years. However, despite all of this, oak is not actually the best material to use for external windows and doors, or any other outside joinery.

Although oak has a very good rot resistance, it is notorious for movement and it can be very difficult to maintain that beautiful golden colour over time. Tannins within the timber cause discolouration, and movement within the wood means that it needs re-sealing and coating frequently.

So many homeowners ask if there a timber that looks as good as oak and doesn’t need as much maintenance when used for external windows and doors? Yes there is and it’s called Accoya.

Accoya is a modified wood product, which uses a non-toxic formula to create a product which rivals the performance of the best hardwoods, while being highly sustainable and ethically sourced at the same time.

One of many the advantages of Accoya is that it is much less prone to shrinking and swelling with changes in humidity than other types of wood, and therefore doesn’t suffer from the movement issues of oak.

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And because it is a much more stable timber, it requires far less maintenance than other timbers and does not need to be re-coated as often.

Though Accoya is naturally a lighter colour than oak and has a different grain pattern it can be stained to match the colour of oak such that from any distance it is hard to tell the difference.

An additional benefit of Accoya is that it has significantly better insulation properties than oak, so using Accoya means much warmer rooms, with lower heating bills as well.

On top of all this, Accoya will actually last much longer than oak windows and doors. The results of standard long term tests on the rot resistance of different types of wood show that Accoya outlasts oak and other popular timbers for outdoor use as well.

So if you want long lasting high performance windows and doors windows that have the appearance of oak without its problems, then Accoya is undoubtedly the best solution for homeowners.

Inspired by design?  Visit Accoya’s new blog to view a selection of project stories.

Bathwick Apartment, Bath

Located in the picturesque heart of the historic city of Bath, this modern apartment combines Georgian period charm with contemporary comfort. The location alone is spectacular, as it is positioned on Bathwick Street making it easy to explore all the attractions of the city.

Accoya Wood

Bath Bespoke specialise in using Accoya wood for all of their painted joinery projects. Accoya was chosen for the Bathwick Apartment as the client requested a robust and beautiful wood. Accoya was also selected thanks to its low maintenance benefits – the form stability and reduced swelling of Accoya windows removes the stress on paint finishes.

Inspired by design? Visit Accoya’s new blog to view a selection of project stories.

Reynaers brings seafront splendour to Jersey Esplanade

The largest single office development in the Channel Islands utilises multiple aluminium glazing systems from leading provider Reynaers.

Reynaers brings seafront splendour to Jersey Esplanade

Extending to over 200,000 sq ft, Jersey Esplanade contains large, open plan office spaces across six storeys which surround a central atrium and circulation core. Maximising the coastal location, this allows breath-taking panoramic views of St Aubins Bay and creates a striking new gateway to St Helier.

The BREEAM-rated building combines modulated stone cladding with expansive areas of Reynaers aluminium curtain walling and is occupied by blue-chip brands such as Royal Bank of Canada, Deloitte and C5 Alliance.

Reynaers brings seafront splendour to Jersey Esplanade

Architects at Axis Mason have created a modern, innovative co-working space that facilitates collaboration with its open layout. The project is otherwise known as Gaspé House, a name selected to mark cultural links between Jersey and Canada and remember the Jersey fishermen who settled in Gaspé, Quebec, many years ago.

Transforming the Jersey seafront with a touch of splendour, the Reynaers systems utilised include CW 86 and CW 50 curtain walling, as well as CS 68 and CS 77 aluminium windows and doors.

Dave Rees, Consult Project Manager at Reynaers, said: “The conditions of the building location on this development proved a challenge. With seafront projects, timing is everything. Unitised facades therefore provided the perfect solution for Jersey Esplanade due to their speed of build and increased fabricator efficiency, with no compromise on performance or aesthetic quality”.

Reynaers brings seafront splendour to Jersey Esplanade

With high execution speed and available in two glazing variants, elements of curtain walling system CW 86 can be pre-assembled in the workshop to decrease time on the building site. Cassettes can then be hooked onto a traditional stick structure or the façade can be built up element by element according to the modular curtain wall principle.

Rebecca Cope, Marketing Manager at Reynaers, said: “Reynaers prides itself on developing, where required, bespoke solutions to meet all glazing requirements. For Jersey Esplanade, efficient CW 86 unitised facades and CW 50 curtain walling gave the architects design freedom to accommodate large glazed areas, as well as meeting their time constraints.

“The project also spectacularly showcases our CS 68 and CS 77 aluminium windows and doors, helping the build to achieve its BREEAM status with their excellent performance credentials and sustainability benefits.”

Project address: 66-72 Esplanade, St. Helier, JE2 3QA

Fabricator: Deepdale Solutions

Architect: Axis Mason

Contractor: Dandara

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www.reynaers.co.uk

 

Histoglass helps save iconic Leeds architecture

Histoglass Thin Double Glazing D13 (13mm), with clear and toughened float glass throughout, was chosen for the superb refurbishment of Leeds Printworks on Hunslet Road. It offers the very latest in thermal insulation as well as the high-performance acoustic insulation which is essential for such a busy location.

Leeds Printworks

This distinctive Grade-II listed building, constructed in 1895, was designed by Thomas Ambler for Alf Cooke’s printing works. The site became derelict when the works closed in 2005, but reopened in 2013 as Leeds City College’s Printworks Campus – part of a £25m project including several new adjacent buildings.

Leeds Printworks

The Printworks is one of Leeds’ historic landmarks, thanks in particular to its iconic clock tower and serried rows of large arched windows. At the height of Victorian manufacturing, the amount of light and fresh air they permitted would have been unusual; indeed, the building was described shortly after it was built as “the largest, cleanest, healthiest… printing works in the world”. The windows are therefore essential to the overall character of the building, and were a key consideration in its refurbishment.

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Wood for life – why exterior wood products are here to stay

When Gordon Aitken first considered cladding his family home in 2006, he longed for a natural wood finish on his home’s exterior but imagined that he’d be forever maintaining, coating and touching up the façade of his house near Glenrothes in Scotland.

Accoya

10 years later and Gordon has been pleasantly surprised. After choosing to use ACCOYA®, a modified wood, Gordon hasn’t once had to scale a ladder or coat his home’s cladding with tins of lacquer in a full decade, proving how resilient the wood is.

Gordon’s home was the world’s first ever property to be clad with ACCOYA – a virtually rot proof, non-toxic and highly durable natural wood product with a 50 year above ground guarantee. Finished ten years ago and setting a new benchmark for long lasting exterior wood products, this use of ACCOYA has changed the perception of how wood can be used for residential projects.

Bricks and mortar are the mainstays of UK house building. They cope reasonably well with driving rain, gusting winds and freezing temperatures, which unfortunately we’re all so used to. Wood, albeit attractive, natural and environmentally friendly, has for a long time been considered an inferior material, prone to shrinking, warping and rotting. However, things are changing.

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After 90 years of wood science, the process of transforming softwoods into products mirroring the resilience of tropical hardwoods has recently become widely available. The process is known as acetylation. Acetylation alters the wood’s chemical structure making it practically impermeable to water and therefore not vulnerable to swelling or shrinkage.

ACCOYA’s sister product, MEDITE® TRICOYA® Extreme, made from the same process is an extremely durable wood-based panel, offering the design flexibility of MDF with the resilience of hardwood. It has been described as “absolutely unique” and one of the greatest advances in board products in the last 10 years.

Both products have won a host of awards from environmental bodies around the world, demonstrating the products’ commitment to sustainable building and design.

Wood’s popularity amongst home owners is certainly on the up, and with products such as ACCOYA and MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME making real waves, it seems logical that this upward trend is here to last.

Inspired by design? Visit Accoya’s new blog to view a selection of project stories.

Accoya® chosen for French windows & doors at a country home in Bath

Designed and manufactured by Bath Bespoke, Accoya was selected for the windows and French windows and doors throughout this stunning country home on the outskirts of Bath.Accoya WoodAll the windows and doors were completely bespoke and crafted using traditional methods by the team at Bath Bespoke. Working closely with their clients and their selected architects, Bath Bespoke combined a mixture of styles – some sleek, contemporary elements and some period style mouldings to complement the exposed stone throughout the property.timber windowAccoya was chosen as the ideal wood for the project thanks to its seamless quality finish and its ability not to shrink or swell during seasonal weather changes, meaning Accoya doors and windows open and close effortlessly all year round.

Speaking on their decision to use Accoya for the project, creative director Tom Jones-Marquez said: “Being able to stand by our work is key for us and the stability and durability of Accoya allows us to do this more so, than with any other timber”.

Inspired by design? Visit Accoya’s new blog to view a selection of project stories.

New video showcases SmartSecure Solutions

A high quality, professionally animated video has been commissioned by Carl F Groupco to promote SmartSecure. The three minute film depicts the capabilities of the company’s state-of-the-art SmartSecure solutions for electronic door locking and smart access control.

With particular focus on access control options, the video enables end-users to visualise the application, and advantages, of a SmartSecure installation in their home.  Smart access technologies illustrated in the video include the app based ‘SmartConnect easy’ and ‘SmartTouch comfort’ – pioneering technology which, with an active transponder in the user’s pocket, allows entry by simply touching a sensor.

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access control

The video can be viewed on the SmartSecure website www.smartsecure.co.uk or via the Carl F Groupco You Tube channel. Designed for sales and training purposes, it is available free of charge for customer use including showrooms to support demonstration products.

www.carlfgroupco.co.uk   www.smartsecure.co.uk