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Deceuninck Aluminium customer, Glasshouse, has successfully fitted three sets of Decalu88 bi-folds in one day, on a single project.

Glasshouse Managing Director, Shaun Armstrong, said that the installation – which included two sets of three-pane doors, plus a dual-pane – was made possible thanks to Decalu’s co-extruded gasket, a feature that has been designed to reduce glazing times to a matter of minutes.

Decalu gasket

“Switching to Decalu has made a massive difference,” commented Shaun. “In the past, we may have just about managed to fit two, three-pane doors in a day, but on this particular job, we were able to install an additional two pane door as well.

“That’s purely down to the ease of fitment with Decalu, the co-extruded gasket saved us so much time,” he continued. “We were able to complete the installation in one go and fitting that extra dual-panel door meant we could put an additional £2.5k on the invoice for that day!’

Cardiff based Glasshouse, which supplies premium fenestration products to high-end residential projects across South Wales, switched to manufacturing and installing Deceuninck Aluminium’s Decalu bi-folds at the start of 2021.

“It’s easier to install, but it’s also faster to fabricator,” continued Shaun. “It’s a modular system, which means there are fewer components and because the gasket is co-extruded, we don’t have to manually insert it during manufacture.

“Decalu outperforms our previous aluminium bi-fold system in so many ways. That includes the U values it is capable of, but also the size at which it can be manufactured. Homeowners and architects want as much glass as they can get, so the fact that we can confidently supply doors as tall as 3m without any problems is a key factor for us.”

Decalu bi-folding door

The Decalu88 bi-fold, which can accommodate individual sash weights of up to 200kg, successfully passed PAS24 testing on a 3m high door – at its first attempt – in July 2021.

Compared to competitor systems, which are compromised by traditional PA66 compound thermal breaks, Decalu incorporates thermal inserts made from recycled PET bottles and can achieve U values as low as 0.68W/m2k – comfortably meeting the proposed, stricter energy efficiency requirements for Part L.

“Demand for home improvements and premium products such as bi-folds has increased significantly during the pandemic, we have increased our turnover by 50% from where we were pre-Covid,” concluded Shaun. “The strength of the Decalu88 system, combined with the quality of finish and the ease at which it can be manufactured and installed – it’s played a big part in that success.”

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