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        new bi-fold
After it made such a huge impact when it was previewed at the FIT Show, the door which AluK says will become the new benchmark in the
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Deceuninck’s Heritage Flush Sash, which forms part of the company’s Heritage Window Collection, has won the prestigious category of New
  bi-fold market has officially been launched.
Product of the Year at this year’s G-Awards.
  The Luminia F82 bi-fold is the flagship product in AluK’s premium Luminia range, and is now available exclusively from a network of Luminia Select Partners across the UK.
rollers offering a heavier maximum sash weight of 150kg as standard. It also boasts class leading thermal performance, thanks to U-Values of 1.3W/m2K with a double glazed unit, and just 0.7W/m2K when triple glazed.
It’s not often we see something genuinely innovative in our market, but the Flush Sash from Deceuninck has delivered something new that provides fabricators and installers with a completely new sales opportunity.
anthracite foil is available on our Flush Sash and from stock and we will continue to develop the range to help our customers win even more projects, in even more property styles.
Targeted directly at the higher end of the market where demand is buoyant and still growing, it has all the aesthetics and performance features needed to justify a premium price with strong and sustainable margins.
All of the configurations in the F82 are available as open in or open out doors, and in double and single door options to ensure a suited offering for the homeowner. It is available from stock in four standard single and dual colours – grey, white, brown and black. Further popular RAL colours are available to order, with the additional option of custom RAL colours if required.
Rob McGlennon, MD of Deceuninck UK comments: “We quickly identified the need for a strong product for the growing heritage sector and worked hard to design a product that suits every need in this field. Our Heritage Flush Sash comes with the option of fully welded or mechanical joints for a completely traditional and authentic look, also giving our customers a true USP over the competition.
“From a technical perspective, our new product addressed a gap in the market at the time because no other Flush Sash came with a night vent, so didn’t come with the option to lock the window in a night vent position. For this reason, the euro-groove position became critical. We also ensured outstanding weather and security performance was part of our Flush Sash offering with Airtightness Class 4, Watertightness Class E900, Wind Resistance Class AE2400 and PAS24:2016 Kitemark approved, all complete with the system.
The F82 ticks every box for the homeowner and developer offering contemporary slim sightlines, effortlessly smooth operation, stylish hardware and low U-Values. Crucially, AluK says that it also allows installers to differentiate their product offering from both the me-too doors in the mass aluminium bi-fold market and the less streamlined alternatives.
The F82 has been deliberately designed to be quicker and easier to fabricate than other competitor doors, with fewer separate profiles, a single gasket requirement and only two types of corner moulding. It also therefore more cost effective to install, requiring less preparation and less time on site.
“In addition to designing the best- looking product for this sector, we have also been able to offer our Heritage Flush Sash customers the benefit of 26 colourways from stock. Again, for added authenticity we also offer 26 colourways in matching trims, cills and ancillaries – all from stock.
The F82 has slimmer sightlines than other doors available, but more importantly offers bigger expanses of glazing, thanks to slim, symmetrical sightlines on the frame, cill and jamb of only 97mm.
AluK’s MD Russell Yates, says: “We’ve been inundated with enquiries for this door since the FIT Show – not just from our own customers but also from retail buyers and commercial specifiers. We know from the response that it offers a unique combination of style, performance and security, and that there are buyers waiting and eager to buy.
“The Flush Sash also comes with a host of marketing support that is considered to be above and beyond the industry standard. All Heritage Collection customers have access to an array of marketing assets to suit all needs, including printed brochures, image library, point of sale and much more.
The contemporary look created by these uniform sightlines extends to the bespoke flush hardware designed and developed just for this door. This includes a new flush pop up T-handle, unique to AluK, which removes the need to add unsightly surface mounted door handles. There is also a flush handle for the traffic door, and specially designed, heavy duty rollers which deliver effortless operation. The F82 has achieved PAS24 accreditation at 2600mm wide, meaning that it can be installed in new build properties where Approved Document Q is required.
“We’re delighted to have 15 of the UK’s best known and most highly regarded aluminium fabricators already lined up in our new Luminia Select Partner network to start fabricating the door for us, and we are working closely with them to give trade buyers all the sales and marketing support that they need.”
“We have of course had to invest a significant amount of money to allow us to offer this amount of product from stock, but we did it because we knew how far ahead this investment would put our customers. It means they can order colour as easily as they can order white. For the Heritage sector, this is particularly important as the windows need to match the character of the property.
“We are thrilled to receive the prestigious recognition from within the industry at the G-Awards for what we feel is a product that has truly changed the market in 2017, but we will continue to work closely with our customers to deliver what the market wants, when it needs it, with new #Bestinclass innovations and product developments on the horizon.”
AluK has ensured that the door always opens and closes smoothly, with the new heavy duty compact
“The beauty of our cleverly designed Flush Sash isn’t limited to the Heritage sector however - it looks just as stunning in a modern town house property, as it does in a traditional cottage. Our new grey substrate with smooth matt
 northern vision - january 2018

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