In 2018, we invested in more than 40 new tools, in addition to the thousands of existing tools that are in place for our extensive back catalogue of window and door gaskets. This is a record for ExtrudaSeal, representing a six-figure investment.
Throughout last year the demand for bespoke and enhanced window and door gaskets was vast, with a particular resurgence in the second half of the year. In addition to demand for off the shelf products, orders for bespoke extrusions also saw a considerable increase.
Sales Director Paul James said: “The demand in the last few months of 2018 has really been exceptional. What’s very positive is that it’s come in from fabricators and installers who are manufacturing and fitting a very wide range of aluminium systems.
“We supply off the shelf products for all major aluminium systems. We’re also committed to working in partnership with fabricators and installers to design bespoke solutions, where existing designs don’t quite deliver what they want.”
With consumers moving away from timber and uPVC profile systems for windows and doors, there has been a surge in the growth of the aluminium sector. In the last year, ExtrudaSeal manufactured over 20,000km of aluminium door gaskets, encompassing gaskets for many of the most popular aluminium profile systems, including Senior, Smart, Ikon, ALUK and Metaltech.
In the last 12 months or so, we experienced many standard gasket designs not quite delivering what consumers needed. With gaskets underperforming, the number of call-backs for installers increased, costing a lot of time and money. As a result, we have worked in partnership with fabricators and installers to enhance gasket designs or develop completely bespoke solutions to meet consumer needs. Many of the new tools we invested in in 2018 were a direct response to this need.
To address common failures of gaskets for aluminium bi-folding door systems, we developed the ‘fit-and-forget’ threshold gasket. This gasket design uses a unique semi-rigid box foot, providing a secure fix and delivering much improved compression and weather sealing over the standard gaskets provided by aluminium system companies.
By purchasing gaskets directly from us, as well as saving money by reducing gasket failure and cutting our call backs, our clients can also stand to save 30-40% on gasket costs compared with gaskets bought as part of a package deal from their systems supplier.
Paul James commented: “If the gasket is underperforming, you’re going to get call backs. That costs time and money. As extruding gaskets and seals is all we do, we invest more time than systems companies would in developing product that does exactly what it’s meant to. If you buy from us direct, you’re also cutting out the middle man.
“With a catalogue of drawings and dyes, we will almost certainly have a solution for whatever system you’re manufacturing or installing – and if we don’t, we’ll put one down!”
To discuss your gasket requirements and learn how ExtrudaSeal could cut thousands of pounds from your fabrication or installation costs, visit www.extrudaseal.com or call us on +44 (0)121 356 8733.