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  1. Kate Donkin
    Advice
    Sliding doors can be a great addition to any home. Not only do they look great but they also come with a range of practical benefits including easier mobility between rooms, increased natural light and the ability to maximise valuable floor space.Available for a wide range of applications, sliding doors can be used for anything from a small cupboard door to large patio doors. Here are 5 ways you can introduce sliding doors to your home:If you’re looking to add some architectural charm to a home, sliding barn doors are a great way to do this. Ideal for barn conversions and period properties, the systems beautifully crafted barn style hangers are fixed to the face of the door, complementing any traditional interior. Alternatively, the hardware can be mounted to the top of the door, creating a more minimalist and contemporary look.Typically used for pantries, room dividers and cupboard doors, sliding barn doors can be used in many innovative ways to bring a unique feature to your home. Our range of Rustic sliding barn door kits are available in a range of finishes to complement virtually any existing colour scheme - including matt black, stainless steel and antique rust. When combined with mirrored doors, sliding wardrobes can help transform a bedroom by creating an illusion of more space in smaller rooms and making rooms brighter by reflecting natural light.  Sliding wardrobe doors can bring an elegant feel to virtually any bedroom – which can be very appealing to prospective buyers. For large openings, multiple bi-passing wardrobe doors can also be installed.
  2. Kate Donkin
    Advice
    P C Henderson is supporting Fire Door Safety Week 2020 to help increase our customer’s awareness and understanding of the purpose of fire doors. Launched in 2013, the campaign aims to:Why are fire doors important?On a typical day, a fire door is used like any other door. However, as the break out of a fire cannot be anticipated, a fire door must be used correctly for the protection of both life and property if a fire was ever to arise.Fire doors fulfil a lifesaving role in preventing the passage of smoke and fire for a specified period of time (usually 30 or 60 minutes). They are not only a vital component in the containment of fire in the room of origin but also protect escape routes, giving occupants enough time to safely exit the building.What are the testing requirements of fire doors?A fire door set is made up of the door frame, leaf, ironmongery, glazing and seals. Each individual component must fulfil its role in order for a fire door to achieve its function.
  3. Kate Donkin
    Advice
    When choosing external sliding door hardware, it is important to ensure the system is not only weather proof and corrosion resistant but also provides high levels of security.Most sliding door gear applications use a top hung system – this is where the hangers, which are fixed to the top of the door, provide sufficient support to carry the weight. Alternatively, bottom rolling systems may be used when overhead structural support is limited e.g. orangeries, conservatories, outbuildings and extensions. Designed with two rollers which fix to the bottom of the door, bottom rolling systems allow the weight of the door to be carried from below.Soffit fixed installations allow the track to be fixed to the underside of a lintel or architectural structure to allow the door to slide within the opening. Common installations for this method include pocket doors and doors with fixed panels. Alternatively, the track can be installed on the front facing side of the opening, allowing the door to slide in front of the opening - this method is known as face fixed.Probably the most important question of all – and one which will help you hone in on the products most suitable for you. Our range of sliding door gear caters for sliding doors weighing between 9kg and 8000kg - from small cupboard doors to large and heavy aircraft hanger doors. It’s important to know the weight of the doors to ensure the chosen system is capable of taking the weight.It’s important to consider the door material when choosing a sliding door system to ensure the correct fixings are provided. P C Henderson range of hardware caters for wooden, metal and glass doors.For larger openings where a single sliding door would be unsuitable, you may want to consider bi-parting or telescopic doors. Alternatively, folding doors can be used to create a number of door configurations to fit virtually any opening.
  4. Kate Donkin
    Advice
    With over 60 core products and a wide range of accessories to choose from - P C Henderson’s range of sliding door gear caters for virtually any application.With this in mind, it can be hard to know where to start. In order to aid the specification process, we’ve broken our range down into six key functionality types – sliding, folding, multidirectional, round the corner, automated and louvre hardware. Read our helpful overview of each function and the features and benefits of each below:Sliding door gear offers a whole host of benefits. In residential and commercial applications sliding doors are a great way to save space, create open plan rooms, increase natural light and provide easy access. For industrial applications - such as factories, warehouses and agricultural environments - sliding door hardware allows for the easy movement of large and heavy doors.P C Henderson’s range of sliding door hardware caters for lightweight cupboard doors weighing up to 9kg - right up to large industrial doors weighing an impressive 8000kg. Our systems cater for single and bi-parting doors, top hung and bottom rolling applications and soffit and face fixed installations.Whether you’re looking to create a bi-fold cupboard door, a versatile room divider or a stylish external system to open up your home to the outside world - P C Henderson can offer a solution.When used internally, bi-fold door hardware is a great way to create flexible room dividers throughout the home. When open, the doors can neatly fold to one side to open up two rooms into one - with the option to create two private environments by closing the doors. When used externally, bi-folding doors not only increase the flow of natural light throughout the home but also help to maximise external views and create an indoor-outdoor flow.
  5. Kate Donkin
    Advice
    With the NHS estimating that there are 1.2 million wheelchair users in England and housing experts warning of an accessible homes crisis (new research from Habinteg has revealed that less than a quarter of homes built outside of London by 2030 will be suitable for older and disabled people) - it’s important that education around disabled access is of key importance.One simple yet effective way of improving disability access is through the use of sliding doors rather than swing doors. Swing doors can sometimes be difficult to maneuver through, particularly for wheelchair users, due to the back and forth movement required. Sliding doors can eliminate this difficulty by sliding out of the way completely clear of the opening – allowing for quick and easy access from room to room.Here’s what to consider when specifying for such a system:Sliding doors can be used for both interior and exterior use but it’s important to state which you require upon specification. Exterior kits include additional components such as guide channels, door seals, thresholds, track seals and corrosion resistant hardware – interior systems don’t usually require such components.You also need to know your ‘clear opening width’ - the area of space between the two walls where the door will go. This measurement tells you what length of track you need - if it’s a particularly wide opening, you may wish to consider two bi-parting doors rather than one single door.It’s important to note that the required opening width in disability access areas depends on a number of factors; the type of premises, where the opening is situated (e.g. a main doorway or in a corridor); and whether the door is accessed straight on or via a ramp. It’s important that you consult the relevant building regulations for this prior to specification.
  6. Kate Donkin
    Advice
    External sliding louvre systems are becoming increasingly popular in warmer climates, as commercial buildings and residential property owners look for ways to harvest energy, optimise temperatures, increase air ventilation and provide flexible privacy options.Typically made from metal or wood, louvre panels are designed with adjustable angled horizontal slats to aid in the blocking of sunlight, defence again rain and increased visibility - without compromising the ventilation of fresh air throughout the property.New to the range, our innovative Shutter Slide hardware is one of the most versatile and diverse sliding louvre hardware systems of its kind. Available in manual and automated variations, the system can be operated by hand, the push of a button or remote control - making the system ideal for applications whereby access to the building’s exterior is limited.Covering openings up to an impressive 6000mm in width, the system can be specified in a range of different configurations including single panel, bi-parting panels or telescopic panels. Our telescopic range caters for various door configurations and is ideal for applications with limited external wall space, as panels can be stacked on top of each other upon opening to reduce the required wall space.Not only does Shutter Slide have many practical benefits but it can also enhance the aesthetic appearance of any building, making it extremely popular with architects and designers. The systems anodised aluminium fascia conceals the hardware, allowing for a discreet and minimalist finish. Our range of guides and channel also gives customers flexible installation options depending on the application.Made from 316 marine grade stainless steel, Shutter Slide is extremely robust and corrosion resistant, making the system perfect for coastal applications.
  7. Kate Donkin
    Advice
    Did you know that approximately 3 million fire doors are installed in the UK every year? In spite of this, fire doors remain an area of neglect across the UK as the correct installation, specification, maintenance and management of fire doors is not always fully understood (1).This year P C Henderson is supporting Fire Door Safety Week to help increase our customers understanding and awareness of fire doors. Launched in 2013, the nationwide campaign aims to:Why are fire doors important?A fire doors prime purpose is to delay the spread of smoke and fire – not only protecting lives but also the property. The correct specification and maintenance of fire doors is critical to the compartmentation of a fire (keeping it in the room in which it started) which in turn allows occupants to safely evacuate a building.Fire safety should be tackled by a multi strategy approach consisting of:What are the testing requirements of fire doors?
  8. Kate Donkin
    Advice
    Sliding door hardware, particularly if you’re new to it, can often be quite a complex subject to understand. P C Henderson aims to make it as easy as possible for customers to both specify and install our products, which is why we’ve developed our glossary of terms:An opening whereby a sliding or folding system can be installed.Apron Plate A means of connection between a door and hanger. There are three types of apron plates:Anti Jump CamUsed in our Rustic 80 kit, this component is fitted between the door and the hanger to prevent the hanger from jumping off the track upon closure of the door.
  9. Kate Donkin
    Advice
    As the number of first time buyers hits the highest levels in over a decade, combined with a major decrease in the size of the average new build home – it’s no wonder homeowners are looking for inventive and innovative ways to save space in the home.This may explain the ever growing trend in Pocket Doors in recent years as home owners look for new ways to save space in the home…Space Saving Did you know that a traditional swing door can take up to 10 or more feet of valuable floor space? A Pocket Door system can free up this space by allowing doors to glide along a track and disappear into a cavity wall out of the way.Single Pocket Doors used in smaller rooms hold the most valuable space saving benefits. For example spaces such as en-suites, bathrooms, storage areas, walk-in wardrobes, utility rooms and pantries – can all reap fantastic benefits from a sliding Pocket Door.  Swing doors can often be inconvenient in spaces such as these, causing difficulties when attempting to open a door inwards.Swing doors can also be inconvenient in areas where they open onto a narrow corridor or hallway, often causing an obstruction. Pocket doors can solve this by simply sliding into a cavity wall – leaving the corridor completely clear.
  10. Kate Donkin
    Advice
    External sliding and folding door systems are proving to be extremely popular in coastal properties in order to take full advantage of the scenic views that coastal properties can offer. When installing such a system it’s important to utilise hardware which provides high levels of corrosion resistance against salt spray and sea air.P C Henderson’s external systems - Soltaire, Stainless Steel and Securefold - have all been subjected to extensive salt spray testing. Here’s an insight into what our hardware is goes through in such a test…The TestSalt spray testing is available for doors, windows, shutters and all associated hardware to provide an indication of how the component will cope when exposed to elements such as seawater, salt spray and sea air.During the test, components are placed into a closed testing chamber and exposed to high concentrations of salt for up to 480 hours. Components are monitored for any signs of corrosion and rust during this time period - if any signs of rust occur, the component is removed from the test.Based on the components performance to the test, it is graded against the BS EN 1670 scale below:
  11. Kate Donkin
    Advice
    Bi-folding doors are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, with homeowners looking to create indoor-outdoors spaces to make the most of the beautiful summer weather.Our flagship product, Securefold, offers the very best in exterior folding door hardware to help you securely open up your home to the outside world.WHY SECUREFOLD?It looks great…With the increasing desire for indoor-outdoor living and modern interior design, the substantial rise in demand for bi folding door systems comes as no surprise. Securefold can help create unique living spaces where entire walls can be ‘opened up’ - bringing the outdoors in and making the most of natural light.With a choice of four different hinge options – standard, mortice radius, mortice squared and non-mortice -  customers are able to specify the system to meet their preferred method of installation and door material.
  12. Kate Donkin
    Advice
    Why are Fire Doors Important?Fire safety has always been a topic to be taken seriously, even more so after the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy where it has become a widespread topic of awareness and discussion within all industries.Fire safety should be tackled by a multi strategy approach consisting of:Fire doors fall into a number of these categories as they:1.    Are a vital component to contain a fire in the compartment in which it starts
  13. Stephanie Lee
    Advice
    Our Flexirol Multidirectional door hardware is the ideal solution for adding flexibility to today’s open-plan workspaces.Open offices have been on the rise over the past 10 years with corporate giants such as Google being high profile advocates. More recently however, research suggests that productivity and employee well-being actually diminishes in many of these surroundings due to an increase in distractions, noise levels and sickness[1].Fergus Pickard, Product Development Director at P C Henderson, commented: “Glass partition doors using our Flexirol Multidirectional hardware can provide huge amounts of flexibility to open-plan office designs. When open, for example, these systems can be stored to the side in a stacking formation, allowing for a clear, free flowing space that is accessible and useable by all occupants. When closed, they can assist in creating quiet, private working areas whilst providing a clear visual throughout, retaining the open and honest environments many companies want to embody.”Glass partitions also maintain the natural light transmittance present in an existing workspace. They only occupy a small bit of space when not in use, maintaining the open plan feel desired. Most importantly perhaps, these partitions aid with noise reduction and provide privacy elements that can boost productivity.Multidirectional door hardware systems can help meet the aesthetic, regulatory and practical elements required in a commercial office setting. From a safety perspective, the hardware is top hung, meaning that the floor area is clear and free of trip hazards. Our Flexirol Multidirectional hardware can help create bespoke styles and zones to suit a wide range of open office layouts, to the benefit of architects, designers and fit-out experts. Moveable glass walls are an innovative way of creating distinct working areas whilst providing employees with the benefits of open plan and spacious working environments.Our Flexirol Multidirectional hardware systems are used extensively to create glazed or solid wood sliding and folding stacking wall applications. The Flexirol range is high performing, versatile and is suitable for a multitude of installations, providing different stacking configurations and door weight capacities as it is available in two variations of movement – 90 or 135 degrees.
  14. Stephanie Lee
    Advice
    Whether you are moving into a new property or refurbishing an existing one, doors are probably not at the top of your agenda when thinking about interior design.People usually focus on choosing furniture pieces, picking the right style of kitchen cabinets and worktops, ponder whether to install a walk-in shower or a bath, and mull over paint or wallpaper to create that stunning feature wall. However, when it comes to selecting internal doors, homeowners tend to stick to the ‘same old’ traditional swing door system.You might consider which way the door should swing, will it obtrude any furniture, different materials, colours and styles to go with the rest of the interior, or the type of handle you would like.These are important features, but did you know that the traditional swing door can often limit your design choices when it comes to installing appliances or picking the perfect spot for that beautiful armchair you bought?Talking PointA fantastic alternative that creates space, as well as extra charm and character, is a pocket door system. Our unique sliding mechanism allows the door to slide to one side and then disappear into the cavity wall, removing the obtrusion of a swing door while providing a distinctive opening.
  15. Stephanie Lee
    Advice
    Obviously at P C Henderson we’re huge advocates of sliding door hardware and the many benefits it brings:….the list goes on.With such a vast product range to choose from it can become a little daunting knowing where to start. To help, we’ve put together a 10 step how to guide on choosing your perfect sliding or folding door hardware solution for your project.Step 1: Internal or external?This has got to be the main starting point. If choosing an external system make sure that you’re purchasing a weather and corrosion proof system as well as high in security features. At P C Henderson we offer systems that are made from marine grade 316 stainless steel to provide optimum weather resistance.Step 2:  Decide how you want it to operate
  16. Stephanie Lee
    Advice
    Door systems that can create large expansive openings are proving to be highly sought out features in a wide variety of coastal properties in order to make best use of external views and spaces. However, due to environmental factors in coastal environments, extra care must be taken when refurbishing or adding these structures, as weather conditions may affect the hardware and components used. P C Henderson offers a range of sliding and folding door hardware systems ideal for such use in order to effectively guard against elements such as salt spray and sea air.Fergus Pickard, Product Development Director at P C Henderson, comments: “It’s important that proprietors in coastal areas recognise the important of installing sliding door hardware that, is not just aesthetically pleasing, but also robust, highly weather resistant and low maintenance in order to meet the performance levels required. Not doing so could result in hardware suffering from corrosion which not only looks unsightly but also effects the durability and operation of any system.”“We offer an extensive range of sliding and folding door hardware that is able to withstand the atmospheric conditions present in coastal regions. Our coastal suitable systems, which include Soltaire, Securefold and Stainless Steel, have been designed and extensively tested to last - with little to no maintenance required.”Where sliding door hardware is required, our Soltaire system makes for a perfect solution. Made from Marine Grade 316 stainless steel, the product is able to be used with wooden, aluminium and steel doors weighing up to a maximum of either 120, 180 or 250kg. The system is designed to accommodate multiple doors which can slide to either side or to the same side. An alternative to this would be P C Henderson’s Stainless Steel hardware which is suitable for wooden, aluminium or steel sliding doors weighing up to a maximum of 100, 150 or 270kg.For folding doors, P C Henderson’s market leading Securefold range provides the perfect solution. Its components are made from Marine Grade 316 stainless steel, anodised aluminium and polymers. The range comes in a number of product variants such as the popular Ultra system, which has enhanced security components, along with 4 different colour finishes to choose from. The hardware is capable of carrying wooden or aluminium doors weighing up to 50, 100 or 150kg and now also includes R-Loc, a clever ratchet system that enables installers to easily raise or lower a door, eliminating the process of locking the hanger in place with a grub screw.
  17. Stephanie Lee
    Advice
    Recent research by Habinteg Housing Association has revealed that a mere 3 percent of councils in England, outside of London, have put plans in place to deliver and measure the amount of homes being built to the accessible Lifetime Homes standard[1]. That means a staggering 97 percent of local councils are failing their residents with a lack of forward planning on how to tackle the accessibility problem in social housing.Statistics also show that one in five disabled people believe that their accommodation is not suitable as their home requires adaptation[2]. Research by national charity Aspire has determined that fewer wheelchair accessible homes were built in 2013 than in 2005, with 24,000 wheelchair users in England waiting for appropriate social or affordable housing[3]. Currently only 7 percent of existing social homes provide the four minimum access features that allow a disabled person to comfortably visit, stay the night or live on a longer term basis.In order to address the shortage of accessible social homes, LAs must ensure all new social housing is built to minimum standards equivalent to Lifetime Homes or Building Regulations Part M (4) Category 2, as standard, to promote mobility and enhance user well-being. The Lifetime Homes standard considers the spatial needs in a property in order to provide both basic and essential accessibility facilities, either from the outset or through the ability to create simple, cost effective adaptations. This means that ordinary homes are designed to cover aspects such as inclusivity, accessibility, adaptability, sustainability and value. Homes also take into account the mobility needs of a wide range of people and include simple, yet extremely effective features, such as level access, wider doorways and most crucially, the potential for cost-effective adaptations.When designing the openings within an accessible home, consideration must be given to the doors used and their suitability for all users. The swinging function of a traditional door can be obtrusive, cumbersome and take up unnecessary space when in operation. Sliding doors on the other hand provide the benefit of an entirely clear floor space, allowing for easier mobility between rooms.Well-designed sliding door hardware systems can improve accessibility for a wide variety of individuals such as parents pushing buggies, carrying children or shopping; older people, perhaps beginning to use mobility aids; members of a household perhaps temporarily disabled through illness or an accident; and members of the household or visitors with permanent disabilities.
  18. Stephanie Lee
    Advice
    Research by national charity, Aspire, has determined that fewer wheelchair accessible homes were built in 2013 than in 2005, with 24,000 wheelchair users in England waiting for appropriate social or affordable housing.Our innovative, automated sliding door hardware - Evolve - provides the ideal solution for easier access in and around rooms, particularly for those with limited mobility, in new or existing homes.It is natural for individuals to want to be independent in their own homes for as long as they can, regardless of age or disability. Our Evolve range of sliding door hardware provides users with a safe, easy to operate, automated system that allows sliding doors to open at the push of a button or by activating a motion sensor. Plus, utilising sliding door hardware, rather than a traditional swing door, provides the added benefit of an entirely clear floor space, allowing for a smooth flow between rooms. Building Regulations and standards such as Lifetime Homes are helping to drive the push for housing which can accommodate changing needs of inhabitants over its lifespan. Homes that enable easier mobility via wider openings, layout and design are in high demand by many people who rely on wheelchairs and walking aids to move around.Our Evolve range is available as a single sliding door mechanism or a double bi-parting sliding door mechanism. Suitable for interior use, the Evolve range of hardware is extremely versatile with the ability to move wooden or glass doors in a variety of door weights. It is simple to fit and comes complete with track, hangers, floor guide, track stop, drive unit and wall mounted control as standard. A number of sophisticated optional extras are available that can enhance the system further.