Deceuninck goes ali with
UK launch of Decalu
Deceuninck UK has launched into aluminium with the decision to introduce the European group’s Decalu window and door system to the UK market.
Decalu, already established in mainland Europe, offers u-values as low as 0.68W/m2K and dual-colour and marine grade as standard as well as the potential to colour-match to the manufacturer’s existing PVC-U foil range.
Nigel Headford, business development director of Deceuninck Aluminium, added: “It’s designed to be easy to manufacture, easy to install and cost-effective – adding-value and leaving manufacturers room to build in margin. We’re also determined to change expectations of service and support in aluminium.
He added that the Decalu systems range had been developed to encompass a complete suite of products and designed to minimize stockholding through the use of a single inner frame and mid-section, integrated insulation and pre-inserted co-extruded gaskets.
The system comprises the Decalu88 Bi-folding Door; Decalu163 Lift-and-Slide and range of contemporary casements, reversible, tilt-and-turn, and heritage options; as well as Decalu101 Scand, Deceuninck Aluminium’s ultra-energy-efficient window system, which achieves u-values as low as 0.89W/m2K. The manufacturer adds that it will place significant focus on the Decalu88 Bi-folding Door, as a product which it argues delivers immediate advantages to fabricators – including PVC-U manufacturers who currently buy-in.
Nigel Headford, pictured, continued: “You don’t need to hold so much stock while the Decalu88 Bi-fold delivers a series of manufacturing efficiencies, which means you can cut manufacturing time by more than 30% against comparable aluminium systems.”
“Use of pre-inserted, co-extruded gasket, means that you don’t get shrinkage, something which is a massive problem for installers – and as a fabricator, you a don’t need someone on in-house assembly, freeing up labour.
“Another benefit for fabricators and installers is that as well as being available in dual colour as standard, the Decalu88 can also be colour matched to Deceuninck’s PVC-U foil range. We believe it makes the case for those PVC-U fabricators who are buying-in aluminium doors to start manufacture. It immediately gives them more margin and adds-value to their own customer offer”, he continued.
The system has also been designed to help PVC-U fabricators make the transition to in-house manufacture of aluminium through the use of a PVC-U Eurogroove, which means PVC-U manufactures don’t need to double-up on stockholding of hardware and gearing.
In addition to its use of pre-inserted ‘no-shrink’ gaskets, the Decalu88 Bi-fold, also speeds up installation through the use of two jambs which offer 7mm each of tolerance, adjusting to out-of-square brickwork.