Door Industry Journal - Summer 2021

Also online at: THE door industry journal summer 2021 111 Entrance, Sliding & Bi-folding Doors Steel Screens for Stylish Interior Spaces Steel doors and windows are synonymous with rugged performance and slim sightlines; and these same distinctive frames and profiles are now being specified for inside a building too. Members of the Steel Window Association (SWA) are helping to create stylish interior spaces for locations such as restaurants, hotels and residential properties which are demanding the industrial, fashionable steel look. These internal partitions are normally fabricated using the W20 sections, rather than the higher energy performing W30 or W40 systems favoured for exterior openings. Whilst the majority of screens installed are single glazed, some clients still often select double glazed screens - featuring 16mm Krypton filled units. This enables spaces like wine stores to be kept chilled while diners enjoy warmer ambient temperatures. And the same glass specification is also able to cut sound transmission where steel partitions are chosen to create meeting rooms within offices. There is a choice of door types. Side-hinged remains the most common, but sliding doors are increasingly popular with customers being able to choose between recessed or face-mounted rails; various styles of sliding mechanisms are offered to suit the designers’ preferred aesthetic. All doors and most partitions will be glazed with toughened or laminated glass for safety, while enhanced locking can be fitted to offer the same security as for exterior applications. The Steel Window Association’s members can offer a full selection of options for new-build and replica refurbishment, as well as historic projects; including W20, W30, W40 and W50 frames able to comply with the requirements of Part L to the building regulations. Choosing an SWA member to manufacture and install your steel windows and doors ensures that you are receiving the highest standard of fabrication, installation and customer service. For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit or call 020 8543 2841.

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