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How Extrudaseal worked with a customer to develop the new Premium Range

Extrudaseal has developed its new Premium product range with integrated fibre technology for anti-stretch performance to help a customer.

Chris Byers, Managing Director at the top UK specialist manufacturer of seals and gaskets for windows, doors and industrial applications, Extrudaseal Limited explains: “When one customer told us he was struggling with stretching and shrinking issues on bubble gasket, we knew we could help him.

“Fabricators often ask us to help with specialist products and we create bespoke extrusions for them. The issues the fabricator was having was on bubble gasket fitted on bifold doors on the factory floor. He told us there were issues with shrinkage and stretching with the gasket they were using, so we went back to the drawing board to create a product that stays in place.

“The new Premium product is designed with integrated fibre technology for anti-stretch performance. It’s the stable properties of the fibre inside that keeps the gasket from moving, while still maintaining its flexibility to do its primary function as a seal, it’s a great combination. We wanted to make sure it was spot on, so during the development stage we took samples to the fabricator for him to test on the factory floor. It’s really easy because we manufacture everything at our West Midlands production facility.

“The fabricator is really pleased. He told us it is more stable and the issues they were getting with shrinkage and stretching have gone.

“It’s great for us to work closely with our customers during the product development stages, because when we bring out a new product, it means its already tried and tested in the field.

“Our new Premium Range includes a series of gaskets that are prone to stretching, and we are now rolling them out to all customers.”

The new Premium Range products with integrated fibre technology for anti-stretch performance will be on display at FIT Show 2021 so visitors to the show can see for themselves.

Where You’ll Find ExtrudaSeal Gaskets

ExtrudaSeal are well known in the window and door industry, particularly within the aluminium sector. We supply gaskets and weather seals to fit many market leading profile systems, including Aluk, MetalTech, Senior Aluminium and Smarts, along with innovative and bespoke solutions to help prevent gasket failure and reduce call-backs.

Whilst a large percentage of our work comes from the window and door industry, you’ll find our gaskets in a wide range of sectors, including construction, automotive, marine, local authorities, and even water sports, ponds, pools, tanks and plumbing.

Here are just a few of the places you’ll find an ExtrudaSeal gasket.

Windows

We are a leading supplier of flexible extrusions, weather seals and gaskets for both aluminium and timber glazing fabricators, manufacturing both compatible and completely bespoke gasket designs. With the aluminium industry in good health, demand for aluminium seals is bigger than ever before.

Aluminium Bi-Folding Doors

ExtrudaSeal manufacture a wide range of gaskets for Bi-Folding doors to fit many of the leading aluminium system companies. However, we can also design and produce to customer’s requirements and develop innovative new sealing solutions. Our unique ‘Fit-and-Forget’ threshold gaskets for bi-fold doors are designed to eliminate common misalignment issues, working to eliminate the need for call-backs.

Trailers and Rigid Truck Bodies

We have worked with a leading manufacturer of trailers, curtain siders and rigid box vans to develop bespoke sealing solutions that provide a superior performance when compared with standard off the shelf gaskets.

Airport Runways

We have developed bespoke gaskets for airport runways. Using a thermoplastic polyurethane material, we designed a gasket that would expand or contract as the concrete of the runway gets hot or cold.

Water Seals

Hydrophilic water seals are designed to swell up to ten times their normal volume when submerged in water, making them highly suitable for a range of different applications where contact with water is involved. As the seal swells, it prevents the ingress of water.

You’ll find that our hydrophilic seals are used in the ship building and automotive sector, in dams and water retention, in drains, sewers and water treatment plants, and in tunnels and general construction. Learn more here.

To talk to ExtrudaSeal about your flexible extrusion or gasket needs, you can call our knowledgeable team on +44 (0)121 356 8733 and we will be happy to assist. Whether you are looking for an off the shelf product, or need a completely bespoke solution for your requirements, we will do our best to fulfil your needs.

High Levels of Interest Generated at FIT Show 2019

In May, ExtrudaSeal exhibited at the FIT Show event for the third time, showcasing our extensive range of gaskets and ancillaries for the windows and doors sector. The FIT Show is the only UK event of its kind and 2019 show was the biggest yet, with more than 300 leading brands involved, exhibiting across three halls.

From the time the doors opened on the 21st of May, to the final moments of the show on the 23rd of May, it was clear to us that installers and fabricators attending the event were there to do business. As a result, we received high levels of interest in our catalogue of products, with event delegates recognising the many benefits of direct gasket and weather seal supply in terms of performance and cost reduction.

Whilst exhibiting at FIT Show 2019 provided the chance to make many valuable new contacts, it also presented the opportunity to strengthen existing relationships. Paul James, ExtrudaSeal Sales Director said:

“What was very positive was that visitors included those who we had been talking to for a little while but who came and met us at FIT with a genuine desire to do business.”

The high levels of interest in ExtrudaSeal’s products for aluminium window and door systems was certainly an accurate representation of the continuing growth in this sector.

“Aluminium is buoyant and that was reflected in the demand that we saw at this year’s show.”

ExtrudaSeal manufacture gaskets for a wealth of systems, including some of the most popular aluminium profiling systems (Smarts, ALUK, Senior, Metaltech, Ikon and more). In the last 12 months alone, we manufactured more than 20,000km of aluminium door gaskets at our premises in Birmingham.

As with any growing industry, there have certainly been teething problems for aluminium windows and doors fabricators and installers. We have in turn developed innovative products and solutions to address common reasons for gasket failure, not only allowing our customers to increase their efficiency and cut down call-backs but providing the opportunity for them to upsell their product offer. With these benefits available, it’s hard to argue against buying gaskets directly, rather than as part of a package deal with aluminium systems.

“The opportunities to upsell your product offer, purely on the strength of your gasket, whether that’s colour-matched or low sightline, makes the case to buy direct speak for itself.” Paul concluded.

Following another successful year at the FIT Show, we look forward to exhibiting our latest innovations next year.

For more information on ExtrudaSeal’s extensive range of gaskets and ancillaries for the aluminium window and doors sector, read more here or call +44 (0)121 356 8733.

ExtrudaSeal at FIT Show 2019

FIT Show

Between the 21st and 23rd of May, ExtrudaSeal exhibited at FIT Show, the UK’s only dedicated event aimed specifically at fabricators and installers in the UK window, door and conservatory industry. This year’s event at the NEC, Birmingham, was the biggest show yet, taking place over three days, in three halls and with more than 300 leading brands across the UK windows and doors sector.

This annual show always provides a great opportunity for us to showcase our range of gaskets and ancillary products for the windows and doors sector, particularly our innovative gaskets and weather seals for aluminium windows and bi-folding doors. Our team were present at all three days of the event, taking the chance to talk to and make valuable connections with visitors throughout the show.

ExtrudaSeal at FIT Show 2019

At ExtrudaSeal, we are committed to helping our clients save money on fabricators and installers. The pioneering products that we have exhibited at the FIT Show over the last few years were designed and manufactured with a view to reducing call-backs as a result of gasket failure, following increasing demand. Products such as AeroSeal, Flush-E and ‘Fit-And-Forget’ gaskets for aluminium bi-folding doors and Sealfast U-channel gasket for steel windows and doors have helped to save considerable costs for fabricators and installers over time.

Fabricators can also stand to save thousands of pounds by buying gaskets and weather seals directly from us as opposed to as part of a package deal from their systems company. By cutting out the middleman, fabricators can cut out the mark-up placed on gaskets by systems companies.

ExtrudaSeal TeamFIT Show 2019 was certainly a huge success and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the show. We must congratulate the organising team for their biggest year yet and we look forward to exhibiting at FIT Show 2020.

For more information on our catalogue of products and to learn how we can help you make huge savings on fabrication and installation costs, browse our website or call our knowledgeable team on +44 (0)121 356 8733.

Find ExtrudaSeal at Fit Show 2019

FIT show

On 21-23rd May, ExtrudaSeal will be exhibiting at Fit Show 2019. Following great success in previous years, we will again be demonstrating a combination of our new products and our extensive back catalogue of gaskets and extrusions.

At the last two Fit Show events, we showcased a number of innovative new products, including:

  • AeroSeal – a revolutionary, through-colour gasket for aluminium bi-fold doors, offering the ability to co-extrude with a rigid foot, meaning that the gasket cannot be over-stretched or subject to shrinkage.
  • ‘Fit-And-Forget’ – responding to demand from fabricators and installers, our team designed a ‘fit-and-forget’ threshold gasket for use with a wide range of aluminium systems. This gasket provides a fully secure fix and improved compression and weather sealing as a result of a pioneering semi-rigid box foot, helping to prevent call backs.
  • Sealfast – our U-channel gasket, designed to seal steel windows and doors without gasket grooves. It features a robust adhesive strip so that it can be used directly on a glazing bead. This gasket provides improve resistance to air permeability and wind load, preventing rain and drafts from infiltrating below the glazed IGU.

At Fit Show 2019, we are looking forward to displaying our new flush e-gasket and wedge.

Flush E-gasket and cutting down call-backs

We launched our new flush low-line e-gasket and wedge for aluminium bi-folding and inline sliding door systems last year. This gasket is designed to maximise glass area, providing a flush finish that lines up with the putty-line, rather than up to 5mm of the glass. This helps to create new symmetry in low sightline doors and provides a much more aesthetically pleasing finish.

To make glazing a simpler process, our flush e-gasket also features a tear-away strip that reduces the depth of the gasket by 1mm. This design helps by accommodating variances in the depth of IGUs. The new system also makes glazing simpler by accommodating depth variations of IGU’s, using a ground-breaking ‘tear-away’ strip, reducing its depth by 1mm.

By looking at the smaller details of gasket design, we ensure that our products reduce future call-backs for fabricators and installers, as well as making our products stand out from the competition at the point of sale.

Paul James, ExtrudaSeal Sales Manager, said “What we do with all of the gaskets we produce is to drill down into the detail to improve the performance of the product from the point and manufacture and installation, and to enhance the aesthetic and deliver those small points of differentiation at a point of retail.

“The point is that if you are getting call backs because of gaskets, or your trade customers are on the phone because it’s difficult to fit, there are always things that can be done to refine and improve upon the design.

“We don’t start that process from the standpoint of the system, but from the way the product is being manufactured, fitted or used and how that can be optimised throughout the supply chain, and ultimately, for the end user.”

When designing our new flush low-line e-gasket and wedge for bi-folding and inline sliding doors, it was with the smaller details of gasket in mind that we were able to develop a better performing solution.

ExtrudaSeal will be showcasing the Flush e-gasket and our industry leading range of gaskets and seals on Stand G1, Fit Show, on the 21-23rd May 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham.

For further information on how ExtrudaSeal can help to cut thousands of pounds from fabrication and installation costs, browse extrudaseal.com or give us a call on +44 (0)121 356 8733.

Resurgent Demand from the Aluminium Sector Results in Record Tool Investment

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.

Threshold Gasket

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 calluma6.sg-host.com or call us on +44 (0)121 356 8733.

Serving the Aluminium Industry

The aluminium industry continues to grow in strength as Aluminium window and door systems are chosen ahead of uPVC and Timber solutions. Aluminium has long been the most popular choice in the commercial market, however, the industry is fast growing in the domestic sector. As a specialist trade extruder, at ExtrudaSeal, we off an extensive array of extruded gaskets and seals to suit most Aluminium window and door systems found on the market today.

In addition to producing completely bespoke seals for customers, we are also able to provide a wide range of off-the-shelf solutions, including gaskets for all market leading Aluminium profile systems, including Aluk, Senior Aluminium, Ikon Aluminium, MetalTech and Smarts Aluminium.

One particular area of the Aluminium industry that is seeing growth is the manufacture and installation of Aluminium Bi-folding doors. In addition to manufacturing compatible seals for use with many of the most commonly found Aluminium systems companies, we also design and produce completely bespoke bi-folding door gaskets to customer requirements.

Innovation

At our premises in Birmingham, we have the capacity to manufacture all extruded components in house. As a result, we can offer savings as much as 20% when buying directly from us as opposed to buying gaskets as part of a package deal from a systems company. Keeping everything in house also means that we can provide an extremely diverse colour choice (more than 1,000 RAL colours) and provide innovative and bespoke solutions.

In order to prevent the common problem of threshold gasket systems for bi-folding doors becoming misaligned over the time, we designed a unique new alternative system – the ‘fit-and-forget’ aluminium bi-fold threshold gasket.

By providing a semi-rigid box foot to the gasket, the new gasket achieves much enhanced sealing capabilities and fits much better, preventing misalignment as a result of friction.

At ExtrudaSeal, we will always work to be innovative where we can, helping to improve efficiency for our customers and helping them to save money in the long term by preventing the need for call-outs to installers when gaskets fail.

Gasket with tape production

Our inhouse production capabilities allow us to provide gaskets and seals with an adhesive backing. As gaskets are extruded, once they are cooled down, we can then link the extruded product to be backed with an adhesive tape along one external side, before the finished product is packaged or rolled, ready to be shipped to a customer.

Here you can see the entire process of manufacturing adhesive-backed gasket tape:

To learn more about how ExtrudaSeal can assist the Aluminium window and door sector, simply call +44 (0)121 356 8733, or leave a message here.

ExtrudaSeal and REACH Compliant Materials

At ExtrudaSeal we are always thinking long-term, aiming to anticipate market trends, stay ahead of our competitors and take steps to avoid the use of materials that could potentially have negative effects on human health and the environment.

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is the European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use. The aim of this regulation is to place more responsibility on industries to manage the risks associated with using certain chemicals and to provide safety information on the substances.

Under REACH, substances of very high concern (SVHC) for use within the European Union are to be subject to authorisation for use. In fact, the listing of a substance as an SVHC by the European Chemicals Agency is the first step in the procedures for the restricted use of this chemical.

The criteria given for SVHCs is as follows:

  • Carcinogenic
  • Muragenic
  • Toxic for reproduction
  • Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic
  • Scientific evidence of probably serious effects to human health or the environment which give rise to an equivalent level of concern

REACH compliant materials are tested and confirmed not to contain any SVHCs in their formulation.

How we are ensuring that our materials are REACH compliant

Whilst REACH entered into force on the 1st June 2007, REACH provisions are slowly being phased in over a period of 11 years in total. At ExtrudaSeal, we have taken steps to change our manufacturing processes and work with our suppliers to ensure that we use REACH compliant materials. Our manufacturing and extrusion processes are now much more tightly controlled in order to prevent the use of substances of very high concern (SVHC). We can therefore provide complete peace of mind for our customers that there are no health risks associated with our products.

Our range of REACH compliant products include glazing seals and gaskets for aluminium, timber and uPVC fabrications, PVC pelmets and buffers for the automotive industry and bespoke, specialist seals for an array of industrial applications.

If you have further questions about REACH compliant materials, you can contact us by calling +44 (0)121 356 8733.

ExtrudaSeal to Showcase its Product Offer for the First Time at The Build Show 2018

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Extrudaseal will join the UK’s leading fenestration businesses at the Doors, Windows & Glass Show, part of this October’s The Build Show.

Held at the NEC from the 9th to 11th of October, The Build Show is held to coincide with UK Construction Week, profiling the latest innovations in construction and building.

Extrudaseal joins other leading window and door companies on the PiGS Product Pavilion, which forms a new addition to the Doors, Windows & Glass Show, at this year’s expo.

Chris Byers, Managing Director, Extrudaseal said: “For us, it’s really important to fly the flag for component product manufacturers and highlight the significant advantages that small changes in product specification can deliver.

“In our area of the market – window and door gasket supply – this includes significantly improved through-life performance and cost reductions of anywhere between 30 and 40%.”

Manufacturing gaskets for a wealth of systems, including amongst others Smart, ALUK, Metaltech, Senior and Ikon, amongst others, Extrudaseal manufactured more than 20,000km of aluminum door gaskets in the last year.

It’s product offer is also available in more than 1000 RAL colours. This allows fabricators and installers to offer a colour-matched gasket and a perfect match to the increasingly diverse colour options being offered by window companies.

“If you’re taking window and door design to its logical conclusion,  colour-matching gaskets of windows and doors is key. Colour is the single biggest influence in current window and door design.

“Carrying that through to the gasket so that it melts away into the frame has a disproportionate and transformative influence on window and door aesthetics.”

 

The Doors, Windows and Glass Show at The Build Show is part of UK Construction Week at the NEC. It is being held between Tuesday 9 October and Thursday 11 October 2018. Visitors can find the PiGS Pavilion on Stand B515 near the entrance to Hall 10, in the Doors, Windows and Glass Show.

For more information how ExtrudaSeal could cut thousands from your fabrication or installation costs call 0121 356 8733 email info@extrudaseal.co.uk or visit calluma6.sg-host.com

Why Purchase Replacement Window Seals from Extrudaseal?

ExtrudaSeal are one of the UK’s largest uPVC window gasket suppliers, providing a wide range of glazing fabrications for sectors including the rail, automotive and construction industries.

replacement window seals

As part of our range ExtrudaSeal offer we manufacture a vast selection of replacement seals, perfect for window installations that have suffered from wear and tear, accidental damage or are being refurbished.

Here we list some of the reasons why replacement seals are so useful and why customers choose ExtrudaSeal as their preferred supplier.

  1. Cost effective

Window seal replacement products are highly popular as they significantly extend the useful life of an installation, meaning it can be repaired rather than replaced completely. Replacement window seals are used not only to fix and strengthen window fittings, but to help avoid the expense of having new equipment installed when more cost-effective refurbishment work can be done.

  1. Quality and safety

As with all the products supplied by ExtrudaSeal, our replacement window seals are manufactured to the highest quality, ensuring we meet the needs of our customers and the industries in which they operate. All of our replacement items meet the stringent rules for quality and safety as original fittings, ensuring installations continue to meet the same regulatory standards following repair.

  1. Bespoke manufacturing

ExtrudaSeal can replicate and manufacture fittings to suit your exact requirements, producing bespoke replacement window seals for any installation. As part of our tailored service we can provide replacement fittings to suit your requirements, whether your business needs 100 or 10,000!

  1. Speed

Because ExtrudaSeal understand the pressures faced by customers in a range of sectors, we offer window seal replacement items with a speedy lead time. This ensures that new fittings are ready and available as soon as possible, reducing disruption to your business operations.

Find out more

ExtrudaSeal is a leading supplier of replacement seals and gaskets for the glazing industry. We have more than 600 designs of seal in our range, suitable for aluminium, timber and uPVC glazing frames and bi-folding doors.

If you would like to find out more about our range of products and services, please contact our friendly team today on 0121 3565210.