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June 2017

Why buying-in French, bi-fold and patio doors alongside rooflites from a single source of supply could save installers thousands

By | Blog

Steve Mines, Sales Director, Sliders UK, explains why rooflites go hand-in-hand with bi-folds, French and patio doors.

One order, one delivery, one invoice – buying in doors from a single source supplier makes a lot of sense. As a door specialist, we can offer our customers a complete door range giving them time back – that’s time processing orders, paying invoices and time away from site to accept deliveries.

We offer one of the UK’s most competitive bi-folding door, French door and inline sliding door ranges, plus a wide choice of composite doors.

Adding a lantern roof to this offer was for us, a logical step. It delivers additional flexibility to our customers, allowing them to order everything for an orangery-type installation from a single source supplier.

Capable of spanning openings of up to 5.8m long by 4m wide, the Ultimate Rooflite by Sliders UK, has been designed to offer installers a highly flexible but also competitive product.

It’s based on the tried and tested BBA approved Ultraframe Classic roofing system and is suitable for installation as either part of a new build orangery or retro-fit to a flat-roof. Thermally broken the Ultimate Rooflite achieves typical U-values of 1.4W/m2K which should also make it popular with homeowners.

Glazing options include self-cleaning, solar control glass in blue or neutral tints. Color and finish options include standard white PVC-U or powder coated aluminium options in white, anthracite grey or satin black.

It’s a strong proposition for new build installations but also importantly the retro-fit market because it can be installed to pre-existing flat roofs. The transformative potential that this has is difficult to overstate, making it a very strong retail proposition.

The Market for Domestic Conservatories, by Palmer, suggests that while the home market for traditional Victorian-type conservatories fell by 9% in 2015 to 57,000 units, the replacement market reported growth of 13%.

Home-owners, it says, are also moving away from Victorian-type conservatories and towards more flexible orangery, orangery/conservatory type installations. This Palmer also argues,this is driving significant growth in the market for replacement roofs, which grew to 11,200 – up 62% in 2015 and forecast for continuing growth through to 2020.

The markets we’re targeting with the Ultimate Rooflite mirror those growth areas. It’s a great new build orangery solution but also it can also be retro-fitted and has reach into the flat roof replacement market.

But where we can really engineer in value to our offer is that it can be delivered on the same order as our customer’s exiting bi-folding, patio and French door delivery.

We offer one of the UK’s most expansive bi-folding door, patio and French door ranges. This includes aluminium bi-folding doors from ALUK, and Eurocell’s Aspect bi-fold.

We added a second PVC-U bi-fold from Duraflex to our offer at the end of last year. PAS24:2012 and Part Q compliant, the new Duraflex bi-folding door is fully integrated with the systems company’s Diamond suite, featuring beveled and chamfered options it achieves a DER ‘A’ rating and u-values as low as 1.1Wm2/K.

In addition to our established ALUK aluminium offer, we also supply the Ultimate Evolution . With ultra-slim sightlines plus smooth bottom running system and concealed shoot bolt lock with single point handle, the Ultimate Evolution has been developed to build in increased margin at the retail point of sale.

It also features a highly innovative fully adjustable jamb option, which fitted to both sides of the door, makes squaring and setting faster – cutting installation time to as little as 45 minutes.

Time is money. With options to order inline sliding patio doors from Kömmerling and Duraflex, we offer our customers genuine commercial edge.

The Premiline Pro for example, features a high security locking mechanism operated through patented interlock shootbolt system, it’s PAS24 and Part Q approved.

It’s available in panel openings of to 2, 3 or 4 panel openings – again that’s a PAS24 and Part Q accredited door.

High quality stainless steel tracks guarantee the maximum possible service life and smooth running, while the clean sightlines of the 70mm outer frame are further enhanced through a wide choice of colours and low sightline black or grey gaskets.

These innovations are immediately tangible to the homeowner and that equates to opportunity.

Our product development strategy is focused on those innovations which deliver a distinct commercial advantage to our customers.

The Ultimate Rooflite is a very well-considered product, it delivers installation efficiencies to installers, has masses of end user appeal.

Where on this occasion we can add greatest value, is that we can supply it alongside bi-folds, French or inline sliding doors as part of a single order and on a single delivery, saving them time, money and with one of the industry’s best OTIFs, a whole lot of hassle.

For more information contact the sales team  or call 01772 698222. Alternatively please contact me direct on 07776 230 481 or

Ultimate Evolution – adjustable jamb offered as standard

By | Press releases


Sliders UK is offering the time-saving fully adjustable jamb as standard on its Ultimate Evolution aluminium bi-folding door.

Fitted to both sides of the door, the Ultimate Evolution adjustable jamb makes squaring and setting faster by accommodating imperfections in brick work.

With a 4mm tolerance on each jamb, this can cut installation time to as little as 45 minutes, saving fitters time on site, supporting a better fit and through-life operation.

Steve Mines, Sales Director, Sliders UK said: “We have a technical support team out on the road, to support customers – normally builders but one or two installers – to correct the running of installed doors.

“9 times out of 10, the issues are caused because doors haven’t been installed square. Over-packing, under-packing against walls – it all contributes to putting the door out of square.

“The adjustable jamb option simplifies installation – it’s forgiving! And that saves time on site and time lost in call backs.”

The Ultimate Evolution aluminium bi-fold door was launched by Sliders UK at the tail end of last year.

The Ultimate Evolution adjustable jamb delivers 4mm tolerance on each side of the door

It’s available in multiple panel configurations including open-in or open-out, with a maximum sash height and width of 3000mm x 1200mm.

With colour-matched handles and magnetic door holders, a low threshold option and 30mm polyamide thermal break for increased thermal values, it is also fully tested to PAS 24 and BS6375 Part 1 Weather Testing.

Alongside the Ultimate Evolution, Sliders UK, which completed an MBO in April, also offers the ALUK bi-fold.

It also recently launched Duraflex’s new PVC-U bi-fold at the tail end of the year. A second PVC-U bi-fold system – and launched in addition to the Eurocell Aspect bi-fold door – it’s Part Q approved and delivers u-values as low as 1.1Wm2/K.

Mines concluded: “We have a really good track record in product development, something which is seen by the new senior management team as key to our future growth.

“We can offer the market two great PVC-U bi-folds and two great aluminum bi-folding doors, each at slightly different price points, which supports our customers in covering all bases.

The Ultimate Evolution, delivers a level of end user affordability but also packs in margin because of the installation efficiencies that it delivers.”

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