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GGP August 2015

Securefold range is bulked up PC Henderson, manufacturer of sliding door hardware, has enhanced its Securefold exterior folding door range with the addition of a new heavier weight category product, meeting growing demand from customers. Said to be suitable for timber or aluminium door panels, the new hardware has been tested to 150kg, making it ideal for the specification of triple glazed doors for improved energy efficiency. The Securefold 150 is designed for both residential and commercial external outward opening door applications. Available in a brushed satin finish, PC Henderson says the Securefold 150 hardware is ‘extremely durable and corrosion resistant’. Andrew Rolye, UK commercial director, PC Henderson said: “Following on the success of our Securefold offering, we have had increasing calls from customers for an exterior sliding door application to accommodate doors heavier than 100kg. Fulfilling our customers’ requests, we are pleased to introduce the Securefold 150 to our range.” Extensive testing The Securefold range is said to be the ‘definitive choice’ when specifying hardware for exterior folding doors thanks to a variety of weight capabilities, finishes and locking options. All components in the Securefold range undergo extensive cycle testing in accordance with EN1527, achieving in excess of 100,000 cycles – meaning if the set of doors was opened and closed twice a day, the system would last over 137 years. 66 HARDWA R E & S E C U R I T Y Part Q clamps down on PAS 24 From 1 October, the new build sector is to be closed to contractors sourcing, or fabricators manufacturing, doors and windows that do not meet the requirements of PAS 24. The latest addition to the Building Regulations - Approved Document Q (AD Q) applies to all new-build projects that gain planning permission on or after October 2015 and affects any doors and windows that provide access to the dwelling. “We’re in favour of any initiative that improves security, but we’re concerned that some trade installers might unwittingly fall foul of the law by using doorsets and windows that do not meet the latest requirements,” said Ian Kernaghan, product manager at Eurocell. These more rigorous rules will apply to any door or window that could provide a means of entry so they affect all residential, patio, French, bi-fold and communal doors. If there is an interconnecting door between the garage and the main property then either the garage doors or the interconnecting door must meet AD Q, as must ground floor or other easily accessible windows (such as rooflights). The four main changes that trade installers must remember when ordering or specifying doors to be used in a new dwelling are: • All door sets need to meet the requirements of PAS 24:2014; other comparable standards can all be applied such as STS 204, LPS 1175, and LPS 2081. • All letter plates will need to be a maximum of 260mm x 40mm and will need to be designed to hinder any attempt to remove keys by hand or using a stick and hook. • All main doors will need a door viewer unless there is clear glass within the door or a window sited next to the door set. • Primary door sets (mainly front doors) will need a door chain or door limiter. The new regulations introduced by AD Q will close the new build sector to non-PAS 24 fabricators, claims Eurocell, there will be test data on the door and window systems in existence that can demonstrate compliance. For instance, the systems supplier may have PAS 24 test data that would enable the fabricator to cascade the specification in order to meet the standard, provided there is no deviation from the components listed in the certificate. Many of the larger fabricators of windows and doors will of course have their own PAS 24 data which they can use in its entirety to demonstrate compliance. A new Supahero in town Mila is promising ‘Supa’ performance, ‘Supa’ reliability, ‘Supa’ strength and ‘Supa’ corrosion resistance from a new range developed in house by its own product design team. The first products to be released, which Mila claims are ‘comprehensively tested and quality assured at every stage of manufacture’, are two sizes of door handle. Like the rest of the Supa range, which will be available in the autumn, these handles are available in two grades of stainless steel – 304 with 18% chromium and 8% nickel for general applications, and 316 with 16% chromium, 10% nickel and an added 2% molybdenum for coastal regions and areas of high pollution. It is the addition of the molybdenum, says Mila, which gives the 316 marine grade additional corrosion resistance, particularly when the surface becomes scratched and vulnerable to corrosion in chloride environments. As a result, Mila is recommending 316 stainless steel for any applications within 10 miles of the coast or where pollution levels are high Mila’s managing director, Richard Gyde, said: “Stainless steel is the latest ‘must have’ amongst hardware buyers because it offers an easy route www.ggpmag.com August 2015 to corrosion resistance – particularly in arduous locations. Mila has responded to the demand with the development of this new ‘Supa’ range which we’ve made sure comes with the added reassurance of a 25 year surface finish guarantee.” Mila’s new Supa door handles are available in 220mm and 240mm backplate sizes to suit most UK locking systems with both sprung and unsprung door locks. They come with universal lever/lever or lever/pad options and with a clip-on backplate cover for the internal facing handle which conceals the fixings within the handle design. An anti-sag spring mechanism within the backplate also ensures that the lever consistently returns back to 90º. As well as these door handles, Mila’s Supa range will also include high security handles, letter plates, door knockers and escutcheons.


GGP August 2015
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