Published On: Wed, Mar 11th, 2020

Revealing a masterful aluminium slide show

A very impressive sliding door offering has made Dutemänn a popular choice among growing numbers of installers and retailers

With sliding doors very much the focus for large numbers of home-improvement consumers, Dutemänn is eager to demonstrate its impressive credentials in this field to retailers and installers: “Sliding doors have been central to our offering to customers. It’s interesting that bi-fold doors remain a best selling item, and for this reason we have invested significantly extending our range of bi-folds,” voices Managing Director Martin James.

At the core of Dutemänn’s bi-fold offering is the incredibly popular and renowned Schuco aluminium bi-fold. Martin has been manufacturing this product for a long time and enthuses about its market popularity: “There is no doubt that the Schuco bi-fold is considered by many as the ‘Rolls Royce’ product in the bi-fold sector. Our long history manufacturing this product has well placed us in the supply to installers and retailers.”

The Schuco bi-fold is a precision-engineered German product that is a designer system offering a minimalist sightline at an affordable cost. Whether you choose a bespoke bi-folding door, or a standard size door from Dutemänn’s pre-fabricated range, both are made to the same high specification. A wide choice of colours, opening configurations and glass types allow you to specify your purchase to suit your property style. Each panel can be made to a maximum of 1200mm wide and 3000mm high, allowing you to maximise the glass area introducing more natural light to your project. Slim aluminium sections are used to minimise sight lines and maximise glass area. Contemporary ironmongery in a choice of colours adds to the sleek appearance of our doors.

Perfectly complementing the Schuco offering is Dutemänn’s latest generation aluminium bi-folding door, the FD85®. Exclusive to Dutemänn, the FD85® features 105mm sight lines that let more light through each panel even when the door is closed. This makes the FD85® one of the slimmest bi-folding doors on the market. Aiming to break the barriers of what can be achieved with a bi-fold door, the FD85® can span up to 3m tall and 1.35m wide in each panel, meaning a 4 metre opening can be fitted with just three panels. “The FD85® gives customers an alternative that allows them to offer a product that delivers in so many innovative ways,” adds Martin. A highlight of the FD85® has to be the QuadBolt® four-way shoot bolt locking system, a design feature that Martin is very proud of as it gives homeowners everywhere the added security they crave. The FD85® is tested to the latest security standards such as PAS24:2016, the most rigorous security test for bi-fold doors ever where 4.5 tonnes of pressure are exerted on the locking points and corners of the doors as part of the strength test. Passing the test means FD85® meets the current Part Q of the Building Regulations for new-build dwellings.

However, its not all about bi-folds at Dutemänn. The company has demonstrated its complete offering in the sliding door market with the impressive Glide-S sliding door – a product that is really gaining market traction due to its stand-out features. Martin is keen to emphasise the features of the Glide-S: “The ultra-slim profiles that feature a 47mm mullion and a fully weathered 28mm up stand threshold; the unique Glide-S sliding mechanism that lifts the sash to deliver smooth effortless operation and performance of up to 400 kilos per panel and the reinforced frame that allows for extended openings, maintaining superb unhindered views of wonderful vistas with maximum glass areas spanning 6.7m wide by 3.2m in height in just two panels.” With a 10-year guarantee the Glide-S also delivers when it comes to thermal performance. Featuring a thermal breaking zone and cross-linked polyamide insulation, the Glide-S is capable of achieving U-value ratings as efficient as 1.3w/m2.k when fitted with triple-glazing.

All in all this very impressive sliding door offer has made Dutemänn a popular choice among growing numbers of installers and retailers. Martin is very appreciative of the support his products receive in the market: “We operate in a very competitive space and our customers are constantly pushing us to deliver exceptional products. Our recent customer survey has proved we are meeting their high expectations, and this is incredibly pleasing, because without their custom we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

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