It’s been a year since Decalu from Deceuninck Aluminium was launched in the UK, and it’s clear the system has made an impact. Total installer hears from two installers who have become firm advocates of the system’s aluminium bi-fold offering.
“This is the Volkswagen of bi-fold door systems. It’s just far superior,” says installer Zep Moore, summing up the Decalu88 aluminium bi-folding door.
With its low U-values, slim sightlines and ‘contemporary premium’ aesthetic, the Decalu88 from Deceuninck Aluminium certainly ticks a lot of boxes for those in the retail sector.
If the VW comparison wasn’t praise enough, “market-leading”, “pure quality” and “awesome” are some of the other adjectives that spring to mind for Moorstyle’s Zep. He maintains that the product’s features, which include two 7mm fully adjustable jambs offering 14mm of tolerance for out-of-square openings and – perhaps most significantly, a pre-inserted gasket, are a big win for installers like him.
“The game-changer for me was the gasket,” he says, speaking from his van, via-video call. “That made my ears prick-up straight away.
“As a rule, it’s one bi-fold door per day. That’s what I usually do; I just write the day off for one bi-fold. [But with the Decalu88], I can do two and that’s solely down to the glazing. It’s just so easy. I can’t see me changing to another product.”
And it’s not just Zep that’s singing Decalu’s praises. For fellow installer Kelvin Yendall of Precise Glazing, the time saved by using the system is invaluable.
Kelvin says that the first time he fitted the Decalu88 bi-fold, the job took him just three hours as opposed to the usual five taken to fit other systems, and the next time he fitted the Decalu88, it took just two.
When it comes to fitting the gaskets, Kelvin reports that it usually takes up to 40 minutes per leaf (depending on the weather) to gasket a door, but with the Decalu88, the co-extruded, pre-inserted gasket means it can be done in less than five – and the gasket won’t shrink.
“It’s so easy to put in,” says Kelvin. “It’s a lot easier and a lot quicker for me as an installer.”
And faster fitting frees up precious time and maximises profitability – “You get another door fitted in the time you’ve saved on gasketing,” he adds.
Developed to support fabricators and installers in maximising margin via various manufacturing and installation efficiencies, Decalu is a proven system established throughout Europe.