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GGP 12 December 2016

CoolSkin tech ‘revolutionised’ door sector Now nine years old, 3D Laminates says that CoolSkin technology has’ revolutionised’ both the panel door and timberbased composite door sectors, and that it offers ‘incredible levels of surface performance, whatever the weather’. Composite door manufacturers such as Endurance Doors and Solidor, reportedly specify CoolSkin for the vast majority of their respective door colours and woodgrains, with the reassurance of a 10-year warranty and ‘considerable testing’ across the climatic extremes of Europe. The product is said to harness a specialist Veka substrate, along with a premium Cool Colors laminate foil from Hornschuch. According to 3D Laminates, it has exclusive trading relationships with both companies, so the ‘secret CoolSkin recipe’ cannot be replicated by any other company in the sector. There are now eight different woodgrain finishes, along with nine solid colours and sheets can be mixed on rainbow pallets for ease of ordering. All of the laminate foils are said to be a perfect replication of the foils used on PVC-U window profiles, resulting in a far better finish. Mark Lofthouse, managing director of 3D Laminates, commented: “Nine years ago we promised to revolutionise the panel door and solid core composite door sector with a far superior door skin. Today I believe we have achieved that and the relatively recent introduction of a Veka substrate will improve the performance characteristics of CoolSkin further.” www.3d-laminates.com Mercury turns up heat on bi-fold sales Mercury Glazing Supplies has reported ‘soaring’ sales on its Smart Visofold 1000 aluminium bi-fold door. Chris Reeks, Mercury’s sales and marketing director, commented: “Our aluminium bi-fold sales are rocketing at the moment – in the last three months our output has more than doubled on the same period in 2015.” According to Mercury, the Smart’s Visofold 1000 aluminium bi-fold door offers ‘elegant sightlines’ coupled with ‘highly engineered’ hardware designed to ‘ensure years of reliable service’. It features a polyamide thermal break that enhances the thermal performance of the profile and improves the overall ‘U’ value. It has high quality EPDM gaskets and weather brushes to aid weather resistance. It complies with the requirements of Building Regulations Document L 2010 and a Document Q specification means it can be used in new builds too. Security comes in the form of multi-point lock mechanisms on main opening sashes and shoot-bolt locking on floating mullions. Chris said: “The feedback we are getting is that the quality, finish and performance on this door are exceptional. In fact, one customer even said that it was the best bi-fold he’d ever had, which we were obviously delighted to hear.” Mercury says its service enhances the bi-fold’s ‘already impressive’ credentials. The company offers a 10 working day turnaround on stock colours, which are white, anthracite grey and anthracite grey on white. It also supplies marketing literature to help its customers. www.mercuryglazing.co.uk 36 DOORS & COMMERCIAL ENTRANCES Agila achieves PAS24 Rehau has announced that the enhanced security version of its new Agila sliding door has achieved PAS24: 2016 accreditation. The Agila sliding door is said to be the first Rehau product in the UK to be supplied with bespoke Rehau branded hardware, giving customers the opportunity to offer a complete Rehau door solution for the first time. There are two hardware options available within Agila – ‘standard’ and ‘enhanced security’. The standard level option with six point locking meets the demands of the volume market, while the PAS24: 2016 ‘enhanced security’ option with 12 point locking and additional corner hooks can even achieve Secured by Design certification if required and offers end consumers the option of a 10 year guarantee. According to Rehau, its enhanced security option is particularly impressive as a single Agila sliding door passed all three elements of the PAS24 test – mechanical loading, Product manager, Clare Higgins, and technical applications engineer, Dean Franklin, with the PAS24 Agila door hard and soft body impact and manual intervention, rather than different doors being submitted for each element as is sometimes the case. Product manager, Clare Higgins, explained the significance of this: “Achieving PAS24 accreditation with a single door really does show just how well the whole installation would actually perform under a sustained attack.” www.rehau.uk/agila New glass brochure Distinction has released a retail brochure to support its new glass brand. The 44 page retail brochure is said to have a high quality feel, with ‘stunning’ photography showing the Distinction Glass range to its best advantage. There are sections on all 12 of the glass design families in the range, including the unique contemporary glass options designed to suit contemporary door styles, along with the four designs that are suitable for Distinction’s 70mm composite doors. Chantel Roach, Distinction’s marketing director, said: “We know from our customers that the glass is just as important a decision for homeowners as the door design and colour.” The Distinction Glass range reportedly has the bestsellers from Distinction Doors’ previous range as well as the ‘classics of the future’. The designs offer a range of brass and zinc caming with various textured and coloured glass options. All units are triple glazed for ease of maintaince and thermal efficiency. They also feature 6.8mm laminated glass as standard, meaning installers can upsell to the Secured by Design option on Distinction’s doors without needing to place an order for special glass on an extended lead time. The glazing cassette features the same oak woodgrain effect as Distinction’s composite door and has slim sightlines to keep the focus on the glass. www.distinctiondoors.co.uk www.ggpmag.com December 2016


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