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Using the wrong fasteners to attach hardware to a door or window frame will undermine performance of the finished product. It doesn’t matter whether it's a basic, entry level friction stay or the latest generation of advanced high security locking systems it has to be secured to the frame properly or it is not fit for purpose.

The UK window and door sector varies so much that there is certainly no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to design, manufacture and installation. That's why Rapierstar's advice and service is tailored to the regional differences across the UK, with an understanding of the differences in weather, climate and architectural heritage, particularly in Scotland.

The recent debate around choosing third party PVCu reinforcement options over the system-specific reinforcement raises an important question about what happens when you change any element of a door or window’s design and construction.

Designing and manufacturing fit for purpose fasteners that deliver on their promise is a complicated business. From a fastener’s pull-out strength and driveability to its corrosion resistance and structural strength, its design has to tick multiple boxes, otherwise it could be the cause of a costly door or window failure.