Although forecasts for the window and door industry have been bleak as a whole following on from Brexit, the opposite has been the case for the aluminium sector, which is forecast to see growth over the next few years.
Aluminium bi-fold doors have certainly increased in popularity over recent years and sales are expected to see a growth of 36% between 2016 and 2019. As a result, aluminium bi-fold doors are a market in which ExtrudaSeal have invested considerably.
Whilst aluminium bi-fold doors are growing in popularity, there is a known problem that threshold gaskets for b-folding doors can ‘kick out’, creating small misalignments or friction that can lead to doors leafs catching as they open.
Over time, this misalignment can get worse and as a result, installers receive call-backs to fix the problem, costing people a lot of money over time for repairs and replacement gaskets.
To solve this common issue, prevent call backs and save people money, ExtrudaSeal have recently launched a new ‘fit-and-forget’ aluminium bi-folding door threshold gasket.
Suitable for use with a number of leading aluminium systems, including ALUK, this new gasket was developed in house to provide a secure fix, improved compression and weather sealing.
Steve Cockayne, Technical Manager explained “We have designed an alternative threshold gasket system, using a semi-rigid PVC foot, which provides a greatly improved fix over traditional systems as an alternative in fabrication but which can also be retrofitted, eliminating call backs.”
In many cases, threshold gaskets from systems companies will fail in any time from just a few months of use, to years down the line. This leads to time-consuming call-outs for installers and extra costs for customers that could have been avoided. By investing in ‘fit-and-forget’ aluminium bi-folding door threshold gaskets, aluminium fabricators ensure that when choosing bi-fold doors, consumers are much less likely to experience gasket failure.
A further benefit of buying ‘fit-and-forget’ threshold gaskets directly from ExtrudaSeal is that fabricators can stand to save an average of 30-40%, compared to buying from their systems company.