Fitting Guide - Composite Doors

30 October 2008

Offering composite doors to customers is one of the most effective ways of securing a high value, hassle-free sale. Here, Ian Kernaghan, Product Design Manager at Eurocell, takes a look at how easy The Dales Collection is to install:

Step 1: Pre Installation checks

Before beginning any installation work, check the sizes, type, and condition of all doorsets against both the survey sizes as well as actual aperture sizes.

Also, check that you have all the ancillary components required before beginning to remove the existing doorset.

Step 2: Positioning of doorsets

It is important that when installing a door outerframe it is plumb and square within the aperture, without twist, racking or distortion of any member.
Carefully position the new frame into the aperture making sure that it:

  • Bridges the cavity
  • Covers the DPC (Damp Proof Course)
  • Is set back as far as possible in the aperture to minimize exposure to the elements.

Step 3: Fixing in place

Through-frame fixings should be plastic sheathed of minimum 100mm length and should penetrate a minimum 50mm into the substrate.

Generally all four sides of the frame should be secured using manufacturers guidelines to determine fixing spacings and positions.

Use appropriately sized installation packers adjacent to fixing positions to prevent the outer frame distorting during installation. Installation packers should be incompressible, resistant to rot or corrosion, and span the full width of the outer frame profile.

Apply a small amount of silicone mastic to the shanks and head of fixings that pass through the outer frame to ensure no water penetrates into the frame

Step 4: Finishing off and making good

Remove all protective films on the outerframe profiles as soon as the installation is finished, and prior to perimeter sealing.

Step 5: Perimeter Sealing

The purpose of perimeter sealant is to prevent water and air leakage between the aperture and doorset.
Gaps can be sealed with a ribbon of silicon sealant, ensuring it fills the gap to a depth of no less than the width of the gap. Sand and cement or plaster should not be used to fill the gap between the frame and structural opening.

When sealing the perimeter joints take care to ensure that any drainage channels are not blocked or obstructed.

Step 6: Hinge adjustment

Hinges on The Dales Collection are designed to offer three-way adjustment, which allows the door to be adjusted for compression as well as vertically and laterally.

All that is required are Allen Keys. Any adjustments should be made gradually and equally on all hinges.

Compression adjustment

Vertical adjustment

Lateral adjustment

If the compression of the door needs adjustment down the lock side of the door this can be done by adjusting the keeps.

Step 7: Final Inspection

After installation an inspection should be carried out to ensure fit. A checklist is provided with The Dales Collection to ensure this can be done easily and efficiently.

The Dales Collection is available through all 90 plus Eurocell branches nationally as well as Eurocell fabricators. For more information on The Dales Collection or to order your free copy of the new trade brochure contact the Eurocell Customer Care Team on 0300 333 6525.

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