Reaching peak condition

Cairngorm Group uses Rapierstar fasteners throughout the manufacture and assembly of its PVCU windows, which it produces using the Veka M70 and Halo profiles.

According to the company’s operations manager Robbie Benson, this is an obvious fit given that many installations are in areas of Scotland that are subjected to aggressive weather conditions.

Producing windows and doors fit for the UK’s harshest environments is all in a day’s work for Inverness-based Cairngorm Group, whose focus on using only high-quality components throughout its manufacturing, assembly and installation is paying dividends as it keeps its long-term growth plans on track, the company said.

The company serves retail, trade and commercial customers across the north of Scotland from its 2,500m2 HQ and main manufacturing plant in Inverness, plus additional sites in Thurso and Elgin. In addition to its PVCU window and door operation, the group includes two glass processing businesses – Inverness Glass and Grampian Glass – as well as divisions providing kitchens and solar panels.

“Properties in Scotland’s most northerly locations are subjected to more than double the average annual rainfall you’d expect in London, with more than 44 days per annum of air frost versus just 28.6 days in the capital,” Robbie said. “Choosing inferior quality hardware and fasteners, therefore, will seriously compromise the long-term performance and quality of our installed windows and doors and that’s a risk we absolutely won’t take.

“We’ve been producing and installing PVCU windows, doors and conservatories since 1988 and always given careful consideration to all the products we use. That’s why we partner with Rapierstar who ensure we have a reliable supply of the correct fasteners to maintain high quality and productivity, backed with any technical assistance as and when we need it.”

Fasteners include Rapierstar’s carbon steel range, which has gone through rigorous testing. For enhanced performance in particularly aggressive environments, Rapierstar also offers a range of stainless steel fasteners that are ideal for windows and doors provided with extended guarantees.