Clearview National October 2018 - Issue 203 - Page 18

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS LETTER TO THE EDITOR Do it right and you’ll do well with colour. » » ACCORDING TO THE Met Office, since 2002 we’ve had nine of the 10 hottest years in the last 100. Climate change scientists say this summer’s heatwave could soon be the norm. We sweltered this summer. But, how were your foiled and colour windows, doors and conservatories? Some say, not so well. There were more of the usual crop of problems from people cutting corners and ignoring systems companies’ (Syscos) prudent recommendations. A letter isn’t the place to go into detail of problems or solutions, but like other Syscos, Deceuninck’s relevant recommendations cover proper storage and manufacturing practice, proper reinforcement – and proper foiled reinforcement parameters. Syscos spend a lot on testing their windows and doors for a reason! If, and I’m sure other systems companies say the same, Deceuninck windows are not reinforced with Deceuninck reinforcement, there is no Deceuninck warranty. Fabricators who use non-specified reinforcement take a risk, but they shoulder that risk themselves. Our recommendations are included in our ‘Technical Guide - welding uPVC window profiles’; our ‘Technical Guide - correct design and use of coloured PVC profiles for windows and front doors’; ‘The use of reinforcement not supplied by System Suppliers’ - BPF Windows Group (June 18); and in ‘Cleaning and Care of PVC windows’. I recommend fabricators and installers read these and other systems company recommendations carefully to avoid problems. Follow these recommendations and sleep easy. I’m not being glib, but a few people have drawn the wrong conclusions from the problems they’re suffering, blaming colour and foiled frames. But if you skip reinforcement or don’t use enough, or use different reinforcement from that specified, or leave profile out in the sun in poorly ventilated transparent wrapping; or go beyond the maximum frame size, or don’t follow correct installation instructions, for example, you will have trouble. It’s just a question of where, when and how much. Colour is growing fast in Britain, but we’re only now catching up with the Continent where most countries are ahead of the UK. Deceuninck is ahead of the market with many Deceuninck fabricators selling a high proportion of colour. Most of our largest fabricators are already over 50% colour and we expect our foiled and colour sales to hit 60% at year end. Yours sincerely, Rob McGlennon Managing Director Deceuninck UK & Ireland Do you have something to say? Email 18 » OCT 2018 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M ABS packaging makeover Avocet Hardware has reacted to feedback from locksmiths around the country and introduced new, high quality, retail packaging for its ABS locks. » » THE NEW PACKAGING will be offered as an alternative to Avocet’s existing standard packaging, which remains a firm favourite in the first fit and mobile markets. Designed by the company’s in-house marketing team, it is aimed at making the BS3621 and TS007 3-star certified, snap secure lock more visible, while at the same time highlighting all of its benefits. ‘is proving extremely popular with customers’ In addition, Avocet has included a measuring guide on the pack; meaning those buying it off the shelf can do so safe in the knowledge they are purchasing the correctly sized lock. George Clarke, director of Stockport-based, City Lock and Safe, said: “We’re delighted to be one of the first locksmiths in the UK to be stocking Avocet’s new ABS packaging, and I’m pleased to report that it not only looks great, but is proving extremely popular with customers.” Avocet’s new retail packaging is currently only available on its ABS locks, but will be rolled out on its ABS padlock range later in the year.