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.

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.

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.

FIT Show Gaskets

 

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 calluma6.sg-host.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.