Synseal has introduced WarmCore, an innovative aluminium folding sliding door system which incorporates a radically different product design approach to create a new high performance fenestration framing option known as ‘warm aluminium’.
,Totally designed from scratch, every single component has been concept sketched, detail designed, prototyped, tooled, trial installed and rigorously tested by Synseal’s R&D team. WarmCore is described as a ‘high quality aluminium bi-fold door solution with peerless thermal performance to ensure end-user comfort, all year round’.
,WarmCore’s innovative ‘warm aluminium’ frame construction is key to offering unrivalled thermal performance with ‘U’ values as low as 1.4 W/m2K using standard 28mm double glass or 1.0 W/m2K using 44m triple glass.
,At the heart of WarmCore products is a core of PVC-U which, according to Synseal, ‘significantly out-performs’ the polyamide thermal breaks commonly used to reduce the threat of cold bridging on aluminium windows and doors. The result is a ‘warm aluminium’ frame construction, carefully dimensioned to provide an optimised 70mm front-to-back overall sash frame depth for UK applications, while ensuring what Synseal describes as ‘market leading’ thermal performance thanks to the multi-chambered insulating core.
,WarmCore doors offer a choice of four high quality aluminium external cladding styles: Square (as used with architectural aluminium fenestration), Pencil Round (curved elegance), Decorative (sculptured ovolo as used with timber windows and doors) and Chamfered (evoking traditional putty-glazed windows and doors).
,Each of these four cladding options is said to be suitable for both residential and commercial building applications.
,Four aluminium cladding colours – white, cream, black RAL 9005 and grey RAL 7016 – provide 16 possible colour configurations, including dual-colour combinations.
,WarmCore doors can be 28mm double glazed with a choice of Square or Chamfered aluminium beads for a neat internal finish, or 44mm triple glazed using a special TG aluminium bead.
,Folding sliding door leaves are triple sealed with contact weatherstrip gaskets to eradicate draughts and ensure best-in-class weathertightness for all-year-round user comfort.
,Gasket corner mouldings for sash-to-frame and sash-to-sash applications use a push-fit design, to neatly and positively couple with straight-cut gasket lengths for easy application, whilst avoiding any need to overrun gasket to fill gaps between sashes – there is no need to cut angles or glue gaskets together to form a corner.
,PAS24 and Secure By Design (SBD) qualifications provide peace of mind for end users, as WarmCore doors have been independently third party tested by UKAS to prove impressive structural strength and security credentials.
,Double strength sash corners are mechanically jointed and use a combination of internal aluminium cleats and a wrap-around corner moulding block to ensure secure rigidity and robustness in use.
,Custom engineered extruded aluminium flag hinges are designed with security in mind and added reassurance for both installers and homeowners is available from Synseal’s custom designed hardware development partner ERA, which underwrites and provides a ‘Five-Star’ security guarantee against forced entry for a period of 10 years.
,Sill options include a WarmCore standard threshold with integral sill or 150mm thermally-broken aluminium sill and a Part M compliant low threshold design in thermally-broken