Clearview National November 2017 - Issue 192 - Page 80

ENERGYEFFICIENCY Thermally efficient range now includes inline patio » » SYNSEAL GROUP HAS EXPANDED its thermally efficient aluminium range, WarmCore, with a new inline patio door which boasts the same thermal core used in the folding sliding door and window systems. WarmCore is a composite product combining the architectural aesthetics of a hardwearing aluminium exterior with a full width PVC-U core, giving the product range U-values comparable with PVC-U products – offering the best of both worlds to customers looking for an affordable aluminium suite. Phil Parry, Head of R&D at Synseal Group, explained: “The initial product design specification for WarmCore was to create beautiful, hardwearing products that shared the thermal efficiency benefits of PVC-U. There wasn’t a product range like this on the market, and while PVC-U suppliers have come a long way in driving improvements in thermal efficiency, it’s never really been on the top of the agenda for aluminium systems companies. “It is more difficult with the raw materials involved to achieve good U-values while maintaining the architectural looks aluminium is specified for. No-one has really stood up and questioned aluminium thermal standards in the same way we have for PVC-U in the past decade or so, which means aluminium customers have just accepted that poorer performance is an inevitable trade-off for aluminium aesthetics. “Before WarmCore, homeowners therefore had to choose between the aesthetically pleasing looks of aluminium doors vs. products that could deliver U-values of less than 1.4W/m²K. During our research for 80 » N OV 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M the WarmCore bi-fold door, most of leading market contenders we benchmarked against tested U-values between 1.76 and 1.94 W/ m²K when using standard double glazing, meaning some systems available weren’t even meeting Building Regulations Part L requirements for replacement doors which specify 1.8 W/m²K. “Our aim was to offer the market a real alternative that met all their requirements - thermally efficient, stylish, modern, affordable, quick dual colour, secure and easy to fabricate, with the installed look and feel of aluminium and the heart of a PVC-U system. In just three years we have taken these core principles and applied them to a full suite of WarmCore products, including the original folding sliding doors, a standard and slim vent window range with flush sash option, a discreet fixed roof light for our Celsius Solid Roof, and now a next generation aluminium patio door system.” The new WarmCore Inline Patio Door has been designed to match the energy efficient standards set by WarmCore’s folding sliding door. This means it can produce U-values as low as 1.0 W/m²K with triple glazing and 1.4 W/m²K double glazed. Unlike many aluminium doors, WarmCore’s suite has been robustly designed to take the weight of 44mm triple glazing units as standard, making it an ideal product for projects which specify lower U-values in exposed areas. “If you can have the best of both worlds with a product that has the thermal efficiency of PVC-U and the clean, sleek lines of aluminium, why would you look anywhere else?” Phil asked. “What makes our new patio system stand out is its accessibility to your average homeowner. We can produce sizes fully manufactured from 1500mm x 1750mm up to 4000mm x 2400mm in two, three and four pane configurations. It’s also been designed to be child-friendly with optional protective safety brake mechanisms which help to prevent trapped fingers, and a thermally broken anti-separate bracket for added security. “It’s the perfect replacement product for old-fashioned PVC-U and wooden patio and French doors which are looking tired and out- dated, at a price point equivalent to PVC-U bi-folding doors. If you had the choice, which one would you buy for your home?”