081 GGP 0513

GGP MAY 2013

HERITAGE/VERTICALSLIDERS Making tradition work Sash windows have been a feature of British architecture for well over 300 years with the oldest surviving examples dating to the 1670s, reaching the height of their popularity in the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras. Traditional sashes have always had a reputation for rattling, jamming and draughts which is probably why so many were replaced by casements between the 1950s and 1980s. Over more recent years, sash windows have come back into fashion, primarily through house developers wanting to bring a more attractive traditional look to their new home designs. Balance UK claims that with its ‘precision made’ window components, anyone installing a modern sash window can be ‘safe in the knowledge’ that they will not be facing callbacks from customers complaining about draughts and rattles. Balance UK uses a system that incorporates a self balancing device that, the company says, can ‘maintain equilibrium’ within the frame, whether the window is wide open or ajar. The company manufactures balances to suit PVC-U, timber and aluminium sliding windows of all types and its range includes pre-tensioned spiral and constant force balances. Balance UK also offers all of the ancillary hardware required for a sash window system, including cam locks and keeps, tilt restrictors, sash lifts and eyes and flush fitting handles. Although achieving a result that enables a sash window to look traditional, Balance UK says that it also has its focus firmly fixed on modern security requirements. The company’s latest security cam lock, keep and guide catch knob combine aesthetics with high levels of security. The high security cam lock is engineered for strength with a combination of six fixing points, a stainless steel keep faceplate and a forged cam for increased resistance to physical attack. The lock has been fully tested to meet the requirements of Secured by Design and PAS 24:2012 in a range of systems, including VEKA, REHAU Heritage slim and intermediate sashes, Spectus, Synseal and Eurocell, confirming that fabricators of these systems using the high security cam lock, can make windows to the Secured By Design (SBD) standard. As well as offering a universal lifetime guarantee on its spiral sash balances, Balance UK’s security hardware is confidently supported by the grouphomesafe Saracen guarantee scheme. Product manager, Kerry Blackford, explains how this all comes together: “While our spiral Kerry Blackford. balances provide a smooth operating action, twin high security locking cams secure the sashes together and high strength keeps and guide catches, prevent the window moving to resist forced entry. In the unlikely event of a break in succeeding, through the failure of the security lock on a sliding window, we will arrange the repair or replacement of the window up to a cost of £500 and what’s more, we will pay the householder up to £500 towards any other losses incurred in the break in. Combined with the lifetime guarantee on the balances, this gives installers an extremely strong selling proposition in which they can have complete confidence when talking to their customers. It also means that customers can achieve the desirable traditional styling of sash windows, without having to worry about the problems that past generations faced. At Balance UK, we make tradition work in a modern world.” For further information, visit: www.grouphomesafe.com Balance UK range. In next month’s GGP... • Aluminium • Colour • Conservatories & Ancillaries • Energy Efficiency & WERs • FIT Show Review (part 2) • Profiles & Systems 80 May 2013 Glass & Glazing Products


GGP MAY 2013
To see the actual publication please follow the link above