Clearview Midlands April 2014 - Issue 149 - Page 52

DOORS&WINDOWS STORMING START TO YEAR FOR DEKKO Dekko Window Systems, the Cheshirebased fabricator, made a storming start to 2014 recording a 40% increase in sales compared to January 2013. Sales of Dekko’s Residence 9 (R9), Deceuninck and Kömmerling windows and doors all surged throughout January. Sales of Dekko’s Deceuninck and Kömmerling windows provided the bulk of the orders, but their fastest growing product is the Residence 9 window. Dekko introduc ed the timber-look flush casement window from Eclectic Systems earlier in the year and demand for the product has rocketed.Sales director Kurt Greatrex comments: “Consumers in the top end of the market are investing more than ever on home improvements so installers are moving towards higher value products like R9\. R9 looks exactly like a 19th century timber flush casement but is made with a modern composite material. So no maintenance issues, it’s highly energy efficient and the cost is lower than timber – a powerful sales pitch for any retail window company. Momentum for R9 is growing and we are keen to team up with more like-minded installers and help them sell this product to the retail market.” ‘Investing more than ever’ Tel: 01614060055, DISTINCTION DOORS LIVES UP TO ITS NAME! Distinction’s composite doors are more energy efficient than traditional timber or solid timber core composite doors – fact! Distinction Doors has just received the test results on the energy efficiency of its 44.5mm composite door. It was tested in comparison with a well-known 48mm solid timber core composite door and a 44mm timber panelled door. The results were astonishing. The Distinction composite door was proved to be 19% more thermally efficient than the 48mm solid timber core composite door and 17% more thermally efficient than the 44mm traditional timber panelled door. The doors were tested at the University of Salford, which is renowned for its work in energy research and innovation. The test was conducted in the University’s Energy House. This is a typical Salford 1919 terraced 52 APR 2014 house that has been reconstructed in a fully environmentally controllable chamber, in which climatic conditions can be maintained, varied, repeated and patterns monitored. ‘Better than the alternatives’ Dave Walker and his technical team at Distinction Doors project managed the testing. Working with the team at the University of Salford, they tested Distinction’s 44.5mm composite door, a 48mm solid timber core composite door and a 44mm timber panelled door. For the test, the inside temperature of the Energy House was 25C with an exterior temperature of 5C. The photos show the thermal efficiency of each of the doors. The darker the blue, the less heat is being lost. Reds and greens – the predominant colours on the timber door – indicate high heat loss. The scores of each door are also shown; the lower the score the more thermally efficient it is. The Distinction composite door scored 6.8, the 48mm solid timber core composite door scored 8.4 and the 44mm timber panelled door scored 8.2. Dave Walker concludes, “We have always known about the thermal efficiency benefits of our high density polyurethane foam core composite doors. Now our customers have the official proof that they are better than the alternatives, something that we know will help them to close more sales.” Product enquiries, Chantel Roach, Tel: 0845 2000 816, Email:, To read more, visit