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Stylish yet secure – new Euroslide patio door sets the standard

Give your customers complete peace of mind with the leading patio door system in its class

Give your customers complete peace of mind with the leading patio door system in its class

Less than a year since the introduction of Approved Document Q of the Building Regulations, Eurocell has developed Euroslide, one of the first patio doors to meet the new security standard. This easily fitted in-line patio door automatically meets Document Q when fabricated to PAS24 standards. Document Q came into force from October 1 2015 and requires all new build installations and those that have a change of use in England and Wales to demonstrate compliance with PAS24:2012 or Secured by Design accreditations.

It sets out reasonable standards for doors and windows in new dwellings to resist physical attack by a casual or opportunist burglar, by being both sufficiently robust and fitted with appropriate hardware. The security features that make Euroslide secure include a fully-fabricated aluminium interlock with a three-point locking mechanism that has three pairs of 304-grade stainless steel interlock protectors and a heavy-duty door sash reinforcement to protect against forced entry and high winds. An anti-lift fixture stops intruders lifting panes out of the door frame – a common weak spot in traditional door and window design – and all the gaskets and sealants are applied from the inside so intruders cannot reach them to gain entry.

Euroslide can also meet the Lifetime Homes standard thanks to a specification kit that incorporates a unique, cost-effective and enhanced inline sliding door security solution that is easily accessible to everyone including wheelchair users and small children.

When Euroslide is fitted with our low threshold kit it will also comply fully with Part M access requirements, which were also overhauled in October 2015 after the Government’s Housing Standards Review.

Full details of the Euroslide patio system, its 10 year guarantee and the wide range of colours available are given in the latest brochure which can be downloaded from our website at www.eurocell.co.uk/euroslide.

New composite decking is a solid investment

It’s that time of year when your customers are probably thinking of making the most of outdoor living and considering what they can do to get that al fresco feeling. Decking has grown hugely in popularity but traditional timber decking comes with its own unique challenges in terms of maintenance.

Composite decking and balustrades, however, offer all the benefits of conventional timber but without the need for painting or staining, so Eurocell is introducing a proven range that offers a 25-year guarantee and not only looks just like timber but can also be installed using the same woodworking tools. Manufactured by Fiberon, the range will neither splinter nor spit and does not become slippery with age – unlike timber decking. Alternative composite products are often hollow but this range is solid so it is stronger, needs no end caps and has no hollow interior to trap water or house pests.

The decking comes in three colours – Earl Grey, Expresso and Latte – and has hidden fasteners to produce a smooth surface, while the Fiberon balustrades are available in White, Black and Dark Walnut. Five features that favour UPVC over aluminium Challenging the prejudice that aluminium is a premium material for windows, our new UPVC v Aluminium buyers’ guide examines the two materials in the five key areas that homeowners tell us are most important when they are selecting replacement windows and doors.

Homeowners have a clear set of priorities when choosing new windows and doors: thermal and acoustic insulation; maintenance; durability; security and price. This buyers’ guide briefly looks at each of these five areas and demonstrates how UPVC offers greater value for money and improved performance when compared to aluminium.

For instance, aluminium’s tendency to oxidise, particularly in coastal areas, favours UPVC especially when the cast-iron 10-year guarantee on all Eurocell UPVC products, (12 years on Modus) is taken into account. Find our more by visiting http://www.eurocell.co.uk/homeowners/help/buyers-guide/upvc-v-aluminium.

Five features that favour UPVC over aluminium

Challenging the prejudice that aluminium is a premium material for windows, our new UPVC v Aluminium buyers’ guide examines the two materials in the five key areas that homeowners tell us are most important when they are selecting replacement windows and doors.

Homeowners have a clear set of priorities when choosing new windows and doors: thermal and acoustic insulation; maintenance; durability; security and price.

This buyers’ guide briefly looks at each of these five areas and demonstrates how UPVC offers greater value for money and improved performance when compared to aluminium.

For instance, aluminium’s tendency to oxidise, particularly in coastal areas, favours UPVC especially when the cast-iron 10-year guarantee on all Eurocell UPVC products, (12 years on Modus) is taken into account.

Find our more by visiting http://www.eurocell.co.uk/homeowners/help/buyers-guide/upvc-v-aluminium.

New cills offer sustainability without compromise

Developed mainly with the new build market in mind, our two latest cills, being launched this month, are made from recycled PVC-U so you can choose a sustainable option to virgin PVC-U without any compromise in performance or appearance.

The two models measure 125 mm and 225 mm deep, the wider model being particularly aimed at the new build market because the trend is to specify larger wall cavities to achieve lower U-values, improving energy saving performance.

All the recycled material is cleverly hidden inside the cill profile, while all the visible faces are made from virgin PVC-U so the cills look just the same as those that are 100% virgin materials and they offer the same full 10-year guarantee.

We have also included design details and accessories to make installation simpler and easier. For instance, a new foot detail allows the cills to be cleat fixed and our standard range of frame extension trims can be used to accommodate any inaccuracy in the surveying. Flat bottoms are now popular in the new build market, so fabricators and installers can achieve this with either cill just by using the 10mm frame extension.

Branch open days – a mix of business and pleasure

From the North of England to the West Country and from East Anglia to Wales, Eurocell is continuing to roll out its branch network, bringing premium building products ever nearer to customers. Our branch open days are a fantastic opportunity to mix a bit of business with a bit of fun.

Not only do you get a chance to look at some innovative building products, among a permanent stock of more than 4,000 top quality UPVC products and accessories – you can also enter our Golden Ticket promotion, win a Makita site radio, take away some goodies and enjoy a bite to eat into the bargain.

Every branch open day features live demonstrations of our top roofing products – which will open up new business opportunities – and we also put on special offers with our partners.Our own team of technicians will show how to install Cromar GRP, the advanced glass reinforced plastic flat roofing system that complements the innovative Eurocell Sky Pod rooflights.

Once you’ve seen the team at work you will be impressed at how easy this product is to install and see how you can boost your income. Even though Cromar GRP is quick and simple to install it forms a durable, seamless roof that can take anything the British climate can throw at it without failing or leaking – which is why it comes with a 25- year guarantee.

Similar income-boosting opportunities are on offer from the Equinox conservatory roof, a tiled roof system that transforms a conservatory into a year-round room with just 48 hours of skilled labour.All the branches are modern, easily accessible from the major roads in the area and have a large trade counter and product display area.

We take care to place them near the other suppliers that you are likely to use, so you don’t have to go out of your way to visit your nearest Eurocell branch. And we make sure that we serve entire regions, so that branches can provide a comprehensive service to customers who can be working anywhere within that area.

So check out the list of branch open days and see if there’s one near you – it’s worth the visit!

Go to http://www.eurocell.co.uk/branch-finder to find every branch location.

Branch open days are taking place at the following: Aldridge 22nd June; Salisbury 5th July; Colwyn Bay 7th July; Tamworth 12th July; Guildford 13th Sept and Newcastle Upon Tyne West 27th Sept.

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