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ExtrudaSeal at the FIT Show 2017 – What Stood Out

When we exhibited at the FIT Show in May, one of the things that really stood out was the sheer number of manufacturers looking to reduce their spend without skimping on product quality.

But with manufacturing costs on the rise and customer expectations at a record high, is meeting this demand possible?

Yes, it is

When buying in from a specialist extruder, manufacturers and installers can cut out the middle-man, reduce costs and access better quality products. At Extrudaseal, our gaskets are around 30 to 40% cheaper than other systems companies, which can really add up.

The rise of aluminium

With aluminium doors and windows becoming increasingly popular, the gasket market is thriving. This means that companies like us are producing high volumes, which allows us to reduce the cost of manufacturing before passing on these benefits to the end user.

Keeping ahead of the game with new product development

 

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The new AeroSeal aluminium bi-fold door foam gasket

With a range of gasket manufacturers to choose from, price isn’t the only thing that can give a competitive edge. It’s also about responding to market demand and devising a range of products that come with a range of functions and a variety of colours.

To illustrate the increasing popularity of grey and coloured gaskets, only 16% of gaskets sold in 2015 were grey or coloured, while in 2016 that rose to a quarter. The remainder of those sold were either black or white.

Acknowledging this increase in demand for new and coloured gaskets, our expertly developed range is available in more than 1000 RAL colours. We have also extracted over 20,000km of gaskets in a variety of forms and even launched a new gasket in a high gloss Piano Black finish.

Reacting to the industry trend for aluminium bi-fold doors, we’ve developed AeroSeal, a pioneering, through-colour, aluminium bi-fold door foam gasket that offers the ability to co-extrude with a rigid foot, making it resistant to over-stretching and shrinking.

Our Sales Director, Paul James, said:

‘What we saw at the FIT Show were people looking to reduce overheads but also improved product quality. The market’s growing but it’s also extremely competitive. It’s going to be increasingly important to offer products with USPs.

‘Even the smallest of additional selling points is going to be important in tipping the balance in your favour. Whether that’s more reliable gasket compression, weather sealing or colour finish it’s all about edging ahead.’

If you’re in search of innovative and affordable gaskets, call us today on: 0121 356 8733 to see how we can help.

 

Keeping Prices Low for our Customers

In an unstable and unpredictable economy, finding new ways of offsetting the extra cost of materials can be a challenge that manufacturers across the country are having to face.

Rising costs of imported raw materials combined with currency weakness means that the industry is having to manage cost pressures that have not always been so tough. Unfortunately, these costs are inevitably passed down from fabricators to installers, and in theory, from installers to consumers.

At ExtrudaSeal, we are always looking for ways to absorb any extra costs in order to avoid price increases for our customers. We do this by constantly evolving to ensure that we are running efficiently and cost effectively.

We are finding that our aluminium seals are becoming more and more popular, thanks to the emergence of aluminium bi-fold doors and windows. Though this might pose a challenge to some manufacturers due to the increased expenses, we see it as a huge field of opportunity and so are willing to absorb extra costs where possible.

To put it into perspective, Figures released by Palmer Market Research show that aluminium is set to reach a 17 year high of topping 220,000 frames within the next three years – exciting stuff if you’re in the business.

During the last year, we have extracted over 20,000km of gaskets in a variety of forms – and even launched a new gasket in a high gloss Piano Black finish.

Chris Byers, our Managing Director, said:

“Whilst we have recently had to increase prices slightly, for 5 years previous, we managed to hold prices despite the increases that we have seen in our own material costs. We achieved this by investing in new efficiencies and processes and we will continue to do our very best to absorb without passing it onto our customers in the future.

“Our customers can save money by buying in from us as a third party. Over the course of a year and with sufficient volume, the savings can fundamentally increase a fabricator’s bottom line.”

If you would like to find out how ExtrudaSeal could help your business shave off its costs, please call 0121 356 8733, or visit us at stand M55 at the FIT Show from 23-25th May.

Exciting New Product Revealed at The FIT Show 2017

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It’s all systems go at ExtrudaSeal towers, as we prepare to showcase our brand new product at The FIT Show next month.

AeroSeal is a revolutionary, through-colour, aluminium bi-fold door foam gasket that offers the ability to co-extrude with a rigid foot, meaning it cannot be over-stretched or shrink.

Perfectly suited to dynamic applications, its high performance foam technology provides more memory, weather sealing ability and improved acoustic installation when compared with traditional systems.

Not only that, but unlike its competitors that have a ‘skin’ to protect foam, AeroSeal does not show damage because it offers a consistent colour throughout – and with time saving click-and-fit and slide-in installations available, it is sure to go down a storm.

We will also be showcasing our industry-leading range of gaskets and ancillaries at The FIT Show. Why not drop in and see us on stand M55 between 23rd and 25th May?

We serve fabricators and installers nationwide by extruding gaskets, Glazepta tapes and U-channels, weather seals, pressure plates, box sections, bi-folding door seals for leading systems, plus an extensive back catalogue of extrustions.

For more information on how we can cut thousands of pounds off your fabrication or installation costs, please call 0121 356 8733, or email info@extrudaseal.co.uk.

 

Exhibiting our Range at the FIT Show 2017

We are really looking forward to exhibiting once again at the FIT Show, which takes place on the 23-25th of May 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham. This is a highly popular UK event that provides companies like ExtrudaSeal- who produce and distribute products, components and services for the manufacture of windows, doors and conservatories, the chance to meet with the people and companies that sell, fabricate and install them.

The annual show is a great opportunity for us to showcase our range of gaskets and ancillary products. As an industry-leading manufacturer, it makes sense for us to ensure that we promote the benefits of fabricators buying gaskets directly, rather than as part of a package deal with their profile systems. The show gives us valuable opportunities to do that by providing one to one time with fabricators from all over the UK under a single roof.

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As our Managing Director Chris Byers says “The FIT Show is an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate to fabricators just how much they could stand to save by cutting out the middle man and buying weather sealing components directly from ExtrudaSeal. By dealing with us directly, we estimate that fabricators can save as much as 50%”.

As a constantly improving company, every year we have something new to offer the market. This year is no exception and we are excited to showcase some of our latest innovations, which include our unique ‘fit-and-forget’ aluminium bi-fold door threshold gaskets, complete with semi-rigid PVC foot system for improved fit and weather sealing.

We are eagerly looking forward to the FIT Show in May and hope to share our passion and enthusiasm for gaskets with the very people who rely on them for producing high standard products.

If you would like more information about ExtrudaSeal and our range of gaskets and flexible sealing solutions visit www.extrudaseal.com or contact our team on 0121 356 8733.

‘Fit-and-Forget’ Threshold Gaskets – Upping Aluminium Bi-Fold Door Performance

Although forecasts for the window and door industry have been bleak as a whole following on from Brexit, the opposite has been the case for the aluminium sector, which is forecast to see growth over the next few years. Aluminium bi-fold doors have certainly increased in popularity over recent years and sales are expected to see a growth of 36% between 2016 and 2019. As a result, aluminium bi-fold doors are a market in which ExtrudaSeal have invested considerably.

Whilst aluminium bi-fold doors are growing in popularity, there is a known problem that threshold gaskets for b-folding doors can ‘kick out’, creating small misalignments or friction that can lead to doors leafs catching as they open. Over time, this misalignment can get worse and as a result, installers receive call-backs to fix the problem, costing people a lot of money over time for repairs and replacement gaskets.

To solve this common issue, prevent call backs and save people money, ExtrudaSeal have recently launched a new ‘fit-and-forget’ aluminium bi-folding door threshold gasket. Suitable for use with a number of leading aluminium systems, including ALUK, this new gasket was developed in house to provide a secure fix, improved compression and weather sealing.

Steve Cockayne, Technical Manager explained “We have designed an alternative threshold gasket system, using a semi-rigid PVC foot, which provides a greatly improved fix over traditional systems as an alternative in fabrication but which can also be retrofitted, eliminating call backs.”

In many cases, threshold gaskets from systems companies will fail in any time from just a few months of use, to years down the line. This leads to time-consuming call-outs for installers and extra costs for customers that could have been avoided. By investing in ‘fit-and-forget’ aluminium bi-folding door threshold gaskets, aluminium fabricators ensure that when choosing bi-fold doors, consumers are much less likely to experience gasket failure.

A further benefit of buying ‘fit-and-forget’ threshold gaskets directly from ExtrudaSeal is that fabricators can stand to save an average of 30-40%, compared to buying from their systems company.

For more information on the benefits of ‘fit-and-forget’ threshold gaskets for aluminium bi-folding doors and to learn how ExtrudaSeal can cut thousands from your fabrication costs, call 0121 356 8733.

Attention to Detail – Why Colour Matters When Choosing Glazing Seals

Only a few years ago, the choice of colours available for gaskets and glazing seals for the aluminium windows and doors industry was extremely limited. Most consumers were happy with grey gaskets as this was the standard, particularly with white window and door fabrications. However, in 2016 the demand for coloured gaskets has grown dramatically.

coloured glazing sealsOne of the key reasons that grey gaskets were and probably still are the most popular glazing seal colour choice is that for a long time, simple white fabrications have been viewed as the standard choice for aluminium windows and doors. However, there are now many more choices available for window and door fabrications in terms of colour and finish. As well as white, consumers can now choose from a variety of bold colours as well as a range of woodgrain finishes.

The result of the increase in choices available for aluminium profiles is that the consumer is now much savvier than before; they know exactly what they are looking for, so a sale can be lost due to the smallest of details. Whilst grey glazing seals may fit aesthetically with standard white frames, when making a bolder colour choice, consumers want a matching gasket for a complete finish. Whilst the structural functionality of windows and doors play a big part in choosing aluminium, the small detail of a coloured gasket can provide the final impetus for a purchasing decision.

As modern customers are more style conscious than ever before, they are far less likely to compromise. This means that aluminium fabricators simply can’t afford to ignore the importance of coloured gaskets and seals.

The growth of the Aluminium industry

The Aluminium industry continues to grow. Whilst aluminium window and door profiles have been very popular in the commercial and industrial sector for a while, demand in the residential sector has increased considerably in recent times. As residential customers are much more likely to choose a wider variety of colours and finishes when buying new aluminium windows or doors, the result is that the demand for coloured gaskets is increasing considerably.

At ExtrudaSeal, as a UK leader in the flexible extrusions market, we are committed to making sure every little detail is just right. As well as providing coloured glazing seals and gaskets for the aluminium sector in more than 1,000 different RAL colour choices, we also provide a colour matching service.

As well as an amazing choice of coloured gaskets, there are also a number of other benefits for fabricators buying gasket seals directly from ExtrudaSeal rather than as part of a package deal. To find out more about our extensive range of coloured gaskets and seals, as well as our in-house expertise and capabilities, simply call today on +44 (0)121 356 8733 or email sales@extrudaseal.com.

What are the Benefits of Triple Fin Wool Pile as a Weather Seal?

Choosing the most effective weather stripping products for doors is important for minimising heat loss in their buildings. An effective wool pile will tightly seal the space between the door jamb and the bottom of the door, whilst minimising air flow between the door and the flooring. This increases thermal efficiency without hindering the door’s ability to open smoothly.

Like other forms of sealing there are factors that can cause wool pile to deteriorate over time, such as extreme temperatures or weather, friction and general wear and tear. Doors in a location with high use, are especially prone to deteriorating over time. However ExtrudaSeal offers superior Triple fin wool pile weatherstrips for maximised, long-lasting sealing effects.

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High Performance Wool Pile Weatherstrips

We partnered with TechSeal, a leading manufacturer of wool pile products, to supply premium and innovative weather stripping for a wide range of aluminium, timber and PVCu applications. Triple fin wool pile is a highly effective sealing agent to minimise drafts, maintain internal temperatures and help customers conserve energy. The triple fin weather strips use a centred pile for a consistently tighter seal, and bring a number of considerable benefits when compared with standard wool pile:

  • Because of the three pliable barrier fins of triple fin wool pile, the weather strips can reduce air infiltration by up to 25% in comparison to a single fin.
  • With a uniform structural integrity consistent in triple fin weather strips, they offer more effective sealing against air, moisture, light, dust and pests.
  • As well as air and moisture sealing, the triple fin wool pile features a laminated silent fin providing substantial noise insulation.
  • Triple fin wool pile weather strips also feature a solid polypropylene backing, making them easier to install into window and door frames.
  • Built in pile directors help to prevent the piles from spreading or creating a ‘blooming’ effect, common with regular wool pile.

ExtrudaSeal are an exclusive provider of triple fin wool pile in the UK and supply superior weather seals to a wide variety of specifications. To find out more about triple fin wool pile or to speak to us about your specific requirements, please contact us on +44 (0)121 356 8733 or email info@extrudaseal.co.uk.

Where You Might Find an ExtrudaSeal Gasket

Whilst ExtrudaSeal are well known for supplying gaskets for the window and door industry, we can design and manufacture gasket products for many different applications in a wide array of industrial sectors. From our Birmingham base, we have the technology to produce all flexible extrusions in house to provide a fast and cost effective service to customers.

Here are just a few of the places that you will find ExtrudaSeal gaskets:

Windows and doors

diy-repair-renovations04_lOne of our core businesses is supplying gaskets, glazing seals and weather seals for the windows and doors industry. Using our in-house design and manufacturing capabilities, we can supply seals for a wide range of profile systems, including:

  • uPVC – We can provide glazing seals and gaskets that are compatible with many of the most popular uPVC profile systems from the past and present, including Rehau, Profile 22 and Veka.
  • Aluminium – The aluminium windows and doors industry is fast growing. Whilst it has been the material of choice for the commercial market for a long time, aluminium window and door frames are increasingly popular for domestic properties, especially with developments in bi-folding doors.At ExtrudaSeal, we can manufacture glazing seals that are designed for compatibility with a number of common profile systems, including Smarts, Senior Aluminium, MetalTech and Aluk. We pride ourselves on providing highly competitive prices.
  • Timbertec – We provide glazing seals, weather seals, parting beads, wool pile and window tapes for all types of wooden window frame styles.

As well as glazing seals, we are also the UK’s exclusive supplier of Tri-Fin triple fin wool pile, which has a number of benefits when compared with standard wool pile weather seals.

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Planes, trains and automobiles

We commonly provide gaskets for many different applications within the aerospace, mass transit and automotive sectors. We supply PVC pelmets and buffers for the coach building industry and work for Lawrence David, the UK’s leading manufacturer of trailers, curtainsiders, box vans, refrigerated and rigid bodywork, providing a range of bespoke, high-performance gaskets.

Construction

As specialists in flexible extrusions, we manufacture a range of specialist gasket seals for the construction industry. Hydrophilic water seals are designed to provide excellent weather and chemical resistance, expanding by up to ten times when in contact with water and other liquids to provide an effective seal. As a result, they are widely used for a number of applications within the construction industry.

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We have created gaskets for an airport runway, using a thermoplastic polyurethane material so that the gaskets expand and contract as the concrete gets hot and cold, providing an effective seal all year round.

If you are in need of a bespoke gasket product for your business, get in contact with us today by calling 0121 356 8733 or email info@extrudaseal.co.uk to speak to us. We will work with you to devise the ideal sealing solution for your application.

Foam Gasket Seals as an Alternative to Plastic or Rubber

As a UK market leader in the manufacture and supply of gaskets and glazing seals for the window industry, ExtrudaSeal are always looking to find improved weather sealing solutions for manufacturers and window fabricators throughout the UK. Whilst rubber materials and plastics such as TPE, TPU and PVC are the most commonly utilised gasket materials in the window industry, foam gaskets and seals also provide a high performing alternative.

Foam based gaskets are well suited for use as a weather seal for timber, aluminium and PVCu window and door profiles and have a number of important benefits:

Increased flexibility

Foam gasket seals are more flexible than rubber and plastic alternatives and as a result have excellent sealing properties and will easily return to their initial shape when compressed. ExtrudaSeal’s foam seals are highly durable and will not rip.

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Compression

Foam gaskets benefit from improved performance for the window industry as they allow for higher compression and tighter sealing.

Lightweight

Due to the reduction of density of the structure of foam materials when compared with rubber and plastics, foam gasket seals are more lightweight. However, they do not compromise on durability as weather seals when compared with rubber or plastic alternatives.

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Insulating and weather sealing properties

As a result of the smaller pored structure of foam gasket seals, air flow is restricted and as a result, they provide a strong insulator, keeping warmth in and the cold air outside. As a result, foam gaskets provide a highly energy efficient sealing solution.

The closed cell structure of foam gaskets provides a high resilience to many weather conditions and makes them waterproof. Due to resistance to both hot and cold temperatures, foam will not crack or warp as a result of the weather and as a result, it provides an excellent solution for sealing windows and doors.

Sound insulation

Foam gaskets also have excellent acoustic properties, helping to provide impressive sound insulation for windows and doors, keeping outside noises outside and vice versa.

Kinder to the environment

Foam gasket seals are recyclable and can be reshaped for reuse in other applications. They also require less energy during the manufacturing process than is the case for rubber materials and plastics and as a result, foam gaskets are more environmentally friendly.

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Competitive prices

When compared with other products on the market, ExtrudaSeal can provide TPE foam gaskets and seals at a very competitive price for use in the windows industry, without the need to compromise on performance.

At ExtrudaSeal, we pride ourselves on the quality of our products and service. We can provide a sample within four weeks when we are provided with a drawing for a bespoke design. If you are looking for a gasket seal that ticks all the boxes of your requirements, you can call ExtrudaSeal on +44 (0)121 356 8733 or email our sales team at info@extrudaseal.co.uk and we will be happy to assist you.

5 Reasons To Source Your Gaskets Directly From ExtrudaSeal

After a few months of planning, we’re delighted to announce the launch of the new ExtrudaSeal website.

As a UK market leader in quality and innovation, we can manufacture to your exact requirements, as well as working with you in product design, development, material specification and even the production of tooling. Depending on your needs, we produce both small and large batch productions. In addition to providing bespoke flexible extrusion solutions, we can also manufacture products from an extensive back catalogue of glazing seals and gaskets.

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Whilst fabricators can buy glazing seals and gaskets from their Sysco as part of a package deal, there are many benefits to buying directly from ExtrudaSeal:

  • Huge choice in colour choice – At ExtrudaSeal, we are proud to be able to provide a huge choice of coloured gaskets and extrusions for a variety of applications. From popular greys, to bright and bold colours, with a choice of more than 1,000 RAL colours, we can provide colours to suit any requirements.
  • Cut out the middle man – In most cases, a Sysco will provide gaskets as part of a package with window and door frames or other fabrications. However, fabricators can benefit from buying directly from ExtrudaSeal as we can provide extrusions that exactly meet the fabricator’s required specifications (including colour matching).
  • Save money – By cutting out the middle man and buying directly from ExtrudaSeal, fabricators can also stand to save money. In most cases, Syscos buy in all gaskets from a supplier and as a result, the prices are inevitably higher for fabricators. By choosing to buy from ExtrudaSeal, there is no mark-up price, so fabricators can stand to save thousands of pounds in some cases.
  • Diverse portfolio – ExtrudaSeal can provide glazing seals for a wide range of fabrications, including aluminium, timber, uPVC and bi-folding doors, as well as providing weather seals and specialist seals for various industrial applications. Hydrophilic seals swell when in contact with moisture, making them ideal for use in the construction industry, amongst other purposes.
  • Years of experience – ExtrudaSeal was first established in 1993 and since then, we have grown to be a UK leader in the field of plastics extrusion. As the flexible extrusions division of the Euroseal group, you can be confident that we are industry experts, having developed considerable knowledge over years in the industry.

To find out more about our extensive range of products and in-house capabilities, you can call us on +44 (0)121 356 8733 or email sales@extrudaseal.com.