Clearview South August 2013 - Issue 141 - Page 55

HARDWARE&SECURITY Delivering the complete package Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun Apparently, only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun; but not all of us have the luxury of avoiding it. For busy installers looking to benefit from the lucrative bifolding door boom, the summer months are fertile ground. Here at TWR Trade Frames we’ve certainly noticed an upsurge in the number of our eternAL bi-folds being specified and installed. But with such soaring temperatures many installers have been asking us about issues the good weather may bring. Such as - to what degree an aluminium bi-folding door will expand in the heat and whether it does so more than PVCu. Dark colours so, re-glazing the door may be necessary. Aluminium versus PVCu What material your bi-fold is made of can make all the difference. Aluminium holds up better than PVCu. For example at 50 degrees PVCu expands at approximately 2.5 millimetres per pane. And at 100 degrees PVCu expands at approximately 5 millimetres per pane, compared to aluminium at approximately 2.3 millimetres per pane. The bottom line is that aluminium expands at around half the rate of PVCu, therefore making any warping or dropping less likely. Bi-fold season Typically, a single pane on a standard aluminium bi-fold will expand approximately 1.15 millimetres every 50 degrees; so theoretically a 6 pane bi-fold could therefore expand by 6.9 millimetres every fifty degrees. And it is worth considering that dark colours, such as black, will retain and absorb more heat than lighter colours. As such there is no harm in installers checking whether any bi-fold installations they have carried out have dropped, or come out of square, due to expansion in the heat; and if Summer really is the bi-fold season and opportunities for installers are there to grab. Bi-folds are unrivalled when it comes to ‘bringing the outside in’ and opening up living space; meaning that opening them up in the summer months will actually rapidly cool down a living space. Despite the aforementioned concerns, problems have been minimal from the installers we work with but if any issues are experienced don’t hesitate to call the bi-fold doctor on: 0191 565 2200. twrtf.co.uk Tate Solutions has successfully established a solid reputation for the specification, supply and professional installation of Automatic Doors, Fire Systems and complete Access Control services across a wide range of establishments throughout the UK. With a number of prestigious installations successfully completed, Tate Solutions, the specialist trading arm of international security, fire and safety providers Securefast Plc, is now seen by many as a market leader to installers, specifiers and developers requiring a complete access control package. From the initial client design brief right through to product specification and a professional installation service, Tate Solutions is on hand, working closely in partnership with a highly experienced team of qualified engineers, committed to delivering a fully commissioned control system that fulfils the clients exacting requirements. The range of services provided by Tate Solutions comprises of a comprehensive commissioning service designed to provide the very latest technology in electronic control systems, including personnel and vehicle access, ventilation controls, automatic doors, fire and smoke alarm systems. With all new commissions clients have the reassurance that the Tate team will be actively involved to manage each stage of the project, from consultancy, design, recommendation of appropriate systems, complete installation services and final handover, fully backed by the company’s comprehensive aftercare services. Backed by full industry accreditations, Tate Solutions employs only qualified surveyors and fully certified electricians and site engineers. Illustrating the wide diversity of projects, both large a small, undertaken by Tate Solutions are the new Royal Military Police Station at Aldershot, which involved automated ground floor doors, incorporating bespoke access controls and specialist control panels with full movement monitoring facilities and the grade two listed Warminster Infantry Barracks, where fully automated entrance doors have been designed and installed, integrated with a highly sophisticated bespoke perimeter monitoring access control system. Parent company Securefast has a proud history of protecting properties dating back over one hundred years, with a natural progression from the purely mechanical locking devices of a century ago through to the cutting edge technology found in today’s advanced access control systems. The group’s comprehensive portfolio of security, fire and safety products coupled with Tate’s expertise in electronic control systems and fully co [Z\[ۙY[[][ۜ[\\H[[ܛ][H\YۙY[]\H[ ]H][ۋ[ MM L M [XZ[[\X\Y\ ˝ZBH܈\]˜X\Y\ ˝Z‚XY[ܙK\]˘X\Y]]Z˘BUQ L‚MB