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96 P R O D U C T S & S E R V I C E S Epwin Window Systems has just announced its latest product development: a universal two-part cill. Gerald Allen, Epwin Window Systems’ marketing manager, said: “The universal two-part cill is a simple product evolution but the advantages it brings are extraordinary. We already know from feedback on the launch at the FIT Show what a difference it will make in so many areas.” The universal two-part cill means that door and window cills are installed in a two step process. The receiver is fitted during the construction process and the cill nose is fitted when the project nears completion. According to Epwin, the universal two-part cill offers ‘the solution to the perennial problem of the cill nose getting damaged’. Gerald said: “Cill noses are easily damaged and we know how frustrating installers find it.” The development means that damage to low level cills in construction projects can be avoided. It also solves the problem of damage to cills during refurbishment projects and makes it much easier for installers to rectify any accidental damage to cills inflicted by homeowners post-installation. In short, said Gerald: “Two-part cills are easier to install, easier to protect during the construction process and easier to repair in the future.” www.epwin.co.uk Casements with class Having already strengthened its extensive PVC-U portfolio by offering both the Deceuninck flush sash and the Slider 24 sliding door, fabricator Dempsey Dyer has now expanded customer choice even further, introducing premium-quality PVC-U mock sash horns, designed to make casements look like sash windows. Produced using the firm’s new state-of-the-art CNC machine, the new sash horn accessory is said to provide installers with an excellent way of capitalising on the continuing popularity of ‘vintage-look’ products and sash windows more generally, offering end-users a ‘simple and relatively inexpensive route to much-sought after traditional aesthetics without the greater expense associated with sash windows’. Company MD, Peter Dyer, said: “At Dempsey Dyer, the watchword is always choice. Some people like sash windows, and will accept nothing less. Others love the vintage appeal of sash windows, but would rather stick with casement windows, whether that’s through wanting to avoid the cost and disruption of having existing windows replaced, or just personal preference – and for these consumers, our new mock sash horns are perfect.” www.dempseydyer.co.uk Growing demand for high security hardware is reported by Carl F Groupco. The introduction of Document Q, which stipulates adequate prevention of unauthorised access and safe means of escape for new buildings, has reportedly triggered an increase in fabricator enquiries for compliant high security hardware. Security standards are also said to be a hot topic for hardware manufacturers developing affordable solutions to achieve accreditation. The Trojan Sparta 2* door handle, introduced in the 2017 edition of Carl F Groupco’s catalogue, is one example – the handle is intrinsic in achieving TS 007 when used alongside a 1* cylinder, such as the CFG1* profile cylinder. Confirming the company’s long-standing focus on security and expertise in standards, John Mitchell, technical manager for Carl F Groupco said: “We ensure that we understand the standards that impact hardware and we share this knowledge with our customers to support them both in product selection and throughout the testing process. Document Q has been a particularly significant development that has impacted the industry and is driving change in hardware selection.” www.carlfgroupco.co.uk Cill ‘will make a difference’ Lumi used for refurbishment The frameless Lumi system from Apeer was recently used in a large scale renovation project for the director of Dublin based Harvest Energy. Jason Peters had replaced the windows and doors at his property only two years ago but, following the launch of the revolutionary Lumi System at the Grand Designs Show in 2015, decided on a full refurbishment project using all Lumi products. Jason Lucas, Harvest Energy’s head of sales, explained: “The renovation included nine windows finished in anthracite grey and AnTeak on the interior, as well as a front door with side panel finished in light grey. It looks fantastic and is a great example of using the Lumi system for refurbishment projects. A lot of customers we meet initially enquire about traditionally styled windows and doors but change their minds after seeing Lumi. Lumi is a structurally glazed range of windows and doors that don’t have the profile material on show, and instead has clean sharp lines and edge-to-edge glazing. www.lumiwindows.com Bowater by Birtley says it can offer its range of composite doors in a ‘full array’ of colours from its in-house paint line, at a time when ‘colour has never been so important’. Kevin Kiernan of Bowater by Birtley explained: “Property experts have confirmed that an immaculate front door is the key to selling a house. However, the best colour depends on the position of the property. Pastels work best for city dwellings while natural shades should be used in the countryside. Meanwhile, trending colours are bright yellow, pink and turquoise. We already know the importance of colour, but as its placed under the spotlight by property experts, manufacturers need to be in a strong position to deliver. “We invested in an in-house paint line so that we have complete control over the delivery of a wide range of colours. We can colour match any specific requirements for the more individual colour projects and where required, we can also colour match the frame to the door. Homeowners want choice when it comes to the colour of their front door and with recent press articles suggesting that the colour they choose says something about what kind of person they are, there is even more need to offer a whole array of options!” www.bowaterbybirtley.co.uk A splash of colour High security in demand www.ggpmag.com August 2017


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