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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 bi- fold market has officially been launched.
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.
    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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AluK has ensured that the door always opens and closes smoothly, with the new heavy duty compact 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.
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.
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.
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
AluK’s MD Russell Yates, says: “We’ve been inundated with enquiries
“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.”
The company has also introduced a new14x24mmand14x30mmsize for the European market, bringing the full Georgian Bar range to 13 sizes.
says: “Flush sash windows are taking the market by storm. Homeowners love the traditional look and see it as a way of adding character to their properties. But, homeowners also want windows that perform and save money on heating bills. We’ve responded to demand by developing a wider range of Georgian Bar sizes. Our latest additions have been introduced specifically for the UK and Irish markets to fit the most popular sized windows. Together with our top performing warm edge spacer bar, our Georgian Bar gives flush sash and vertical sliding windows a seamless finish and outstanding energy efficiency.”
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The Georgian Bar enables window companies to create high performance, authentic looking windows. It’s ideal for premium looking flush sashes, and vertical sliders. Available in the companies best-selling colours, the Georgian Bar enhances the appearance of the window and gives outstanding energy performance. The full suite of Georgian Bars now also feature improved bar crosses with an integrated anti-rattle plug and matching end caps for a seamless, high end finish. John Cooper, Commercial Director (UK and Ireland)
 SWISSPACER has added four new sizes to its range of Georgian Bar spacer bars. To meet growing demand for heritage-style windows, the worldwide leader of warm edge solutions has developed new 12 x 18mm and 16 x 18mm bars specifically for the UK and Ireland.
able to gain access to a standard of quality that is sure to help customers feel safer as the nights begin to draw in.
     peace of mind
Premium grade materials, contemporary manufacturing techniques and world-class locking systems are combined to ensure leading standards of security are both achieved and maintained. The products that Sternfenster offers their Approved Installers bring a harmony between function and form, delivering peace of mind in a stylish way. A stand out option for Network members to offer their customers is the Secured by Design aluminium bi-fold door, which offers a design that has proven itself to be a rarity on the market. This state of the art design has been tried and tested in accordance to the Metropolitan Police preferred
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standards, passing with flying colours to achieve this prestigious certification. Building on this, the exclusive StyleLine range from Sternfenster utilises a unique graf welder manufacturing process for increased security. This is made possible by pushing any excess plastic during the welding stage back inside the frame, resulting in a completely seamless
finish and a reinforced joint. This not only increases product aesthetic, it also increases inherent security.
 mind is invaluable, and something not easily achieved.
By becoming an Approved Network Installer, home improvement specialists will be able to enhance their product range with a selection that has been designed to perform in all areas.
 It is this understanding that has led Sternfenster to draw upon the very best designs in the current market to secure a product range that excels in home security. Approved Installers are
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