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The notoriously varied British and Irish weather can be harsh on the materials that are used to build our homes and buildings – and that includes the windows and doors.

Many homeowners will interact with and touch their main entrance doors, French doors, bi-folds and sliding doors much more frequently than their windows. It should be a priority, therefore, to get the quality of doors right with a build quality that stands the test of time. But are your fastener choices having a negative impact on your efforts?

Have you ever stopped to think about why the screws that we use in window and door manufacturing have a variety of different head designs?

For most windowmakers, as long as the fastener does its job that’s all we need to concern ourselves with. But understanding why the fastener heads are designed the way they are, and for what purpose, is good to know, especially if you are suddenly asked to help with a new product development or source a fastener for a piece of hardware you have never used before.

How can you be confident that the window and door screws you use every day will provide a high quality attachment, and stand up to the demands of constant use and harsh weather conditions? 

Fasteners may be the smallest component used in window and door manufacturing, but they are just as important as the glass, profile and hardware.

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