Clearview National September 2018 - Issue 202 - Page 47

PROUD SPONSOR OF DOORS & WINDOWS DOORS&WINDOWS - PAT IO DOOR S - Flair has got you covered Curved system ‘coolly’ slides past bi-folds » » CURVED SLIDING PATIO doors may well replace the Bi-Fold phenomenon over the next decade, with a new system pushing the boundaries wider than ever before. Described as an architect’s dream design flourish, Balconette has re-engineered sliding curved glass from the ground up. The newly-launched Curvaglide® system is bespoke built for the curved facades that are becoming ever more popular in the luxury housing market. “Curved patio doors are a high-end, exclusive product” says Balconette CEO Effi Wolff. “Bi-fold patio doors have become commonplace, but curved building facades are rare, and demand something special. The system is aimed at architects designing high-end new builds and luxury extensions. “We engineered a new support structure and rolling mechanisms to handle these extreme widths. For properties lucky enough to feature curving walls, the new Curvaglide® doors are the perfect complement. Owners get to feel as if they are in the landscape, not just looking at it.” Both the curved glass and matched frames are made to measure in-house by Balconette, who have UK headquarters 40 minutes outside London. The sliding mechanism uses two or three tracks, allowing customised configurations of fixed and sliding doors. The smallest configuration uses just two panes, both sliding to reveal a 50% opening. For larger installations, up to four doors can be ‘slide-able’. Wolff explains: “Manufacture of curved glass is significantly more challenging than flat glass, particularly in the application of Low-E coatings. We don’t know of anyone else in the UK who is able to offer curved glass with the extra efficiency of a Low-E Soft coating.” The ‘Low-E’ glass used in the Curvaglide® system is another unique feature developed by Balconette, providing greater comfort and much better energy efficiency. Curved glass is usually provided with a ‘hard’ Low-E coating to cut down heat transference. The soft Low-E coatings used by Balconette are far more advanced and reduce heat transference by an extra 30%. The Curvaglide® system uses Guardian SN51/28 glass, with a centre pane U value of 1.0 W/mK – significantly better than the best hard coat Low-E U-value of 1.5 W/mK. www.curvaglide.balconette. PremiLine, PremiLine Pro & PremiDoor 76 Lift & Slide The PremiLine sliding patio door is packed with technical features and compatible with all 70mm systems. The PremiDoor 76 is capable of incredible opening sizes whilst offering outstanding thermal, acoustic and weather properties. Insulating Glass Units FM 96527 KM 96507 Energy Efficient Windows & Doors SAME DAY QUOTATION 0121 624 5001 @FlairWindows F: 0121 624 5004 E: FREE MARKETING SUPPORT | FAST NATIONWIDE DELIVERY C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » S EP 2018 » 47