New bifold launched

After it made an impact when it was previewed at the FIT Show, the door which Aluk says will become the new benchmark in the bifold market has officially been launched.

The Luminia F82 bifold is the flagship product in Aluk’s premium Luminia range, and is now available exclusively from a network of Luminia Select Partners across the UK.

Targeted directly at the higher end of the market where demand is buoyant and still growing, it has all the aesthetics and performance features needed to justify a premium price with strong and sustainable margins.

The F82 offers slim sightlines, smooth operation, stylish hardware, and low U-ualues. Aluk said it allows installers to differentiate their product offering from both the me-too doors in the mass aluminium bifold market, and the less streamlined alternatives.

The F82 has slim sightlines, and offers bigger expanses of glazing, thanks to slim, symmetrical sightlines on the frame, cill and jamb of only 97mm.

The contemporary look created by these uniform sightlines extends to the bespoke flush hardware designed and developed just for this door. This includes a new flush pop up T-handle, unique to Aluk, which removes the need to add unsightly surface mounted door handles.

There is also a flush handle for the traffic door, and specially designed, heavy duty rollers. The F82 has achieved PAS24 accreditation at 2,600mm wide, meaning that it can be installed in new build properties where Approved Document Q is required.

The new heavy duty compact rollers offer a heavier maximum sash weight of 150kg as standard. It also boasts U-values of 1.3W/m²K with a double glazed unit, and 0.7W/m²K when triple glazed.

The F82 has been designed to be quick and easy to fabricate, with fewer separate profiles, a single gasket requirement, and only two types of corner moulding.

Aluk’s managing director Russell Yates said: “We’re delighted to have 15 of the UK’s best known and most highly regarded aluminium fabricators already lined up in our new Luminia Select Partner network to start fabricating the door for us, and we are working closely with them to give trade buyers all the sales and marketing support that they need.”