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The technical quality and performance capabilities of the products and systems used today in the manufacture and installation of windows and doors is easy to take for granted when we’re busy and focused on meeting customer deadlines. But let’s not forget that the fenestration sector is hugely innovative, with new concepts made possible through continuous investment by those at the forefront of the industry using state of the art technical resources.

Given our sector’s role in creating products that are used to fill the gaps left in the walls and sometimes the roofs of buildings, it is unsurprising that we have to comply with a whole host of standards. But how much do you know about the role that fasteners play in creating finished products that tick all the boxes? Here we recap on the main standards for windows and doors and explain why the right fastener choices help you ensure that your products meet the required standards.

Anyone who has witnessed a fire test will know how any weak points will easily be found in a product’s construction and quickly undermine them to the point where the test is a ‘fail’. That’s why when it comes to fire doors it is essential that the fasteners you use in manufacture and installation are to the required specification and fit for purpose.

PVCu casement windows continue to be the most popular choice amongst most homeowners given their value, versatility, thermal and weather performance and visual appeal, matching a window style that is traditional in Britain’s homes. But not all casements are created equal!

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