Our customers are fond of aluminium front doors made by Ryterna. They appreciate our attention to detail and innovative technical solutions. We offer numerous design possibilities along with the possibility to create your truly individual design. In other words, we are always glad to do something we never did before. And it helps us get better, improve the manufacturing process and make our assortment wider.
As a result, customers knowing this are sending various bizarre projects. Recently, we started to get enquiries for the front doors with sidelights. Looks like nothing unusual except the corner sidelight. We make aluminium door jamb using special aluminium profiles with a thermal break. Ryterna profiles form a robust jamb frame. For example, we can join a sidelight frame and door jamb into one piece and get a firm structure capable to support door leaf and heavy triple glazing. Unfortunately, the whole system is designed to be joined in a straight line but not in corners.
Therefore we had to find the ‘missing element’ to connect frames at the right angle. Firstly the side of the profile has no good appearance and we can’t leave it exposed. Secondly, as was stated above, door profiles are designed to be joined in a row. Above all, such a complex installation must have some space for tolerance. Even for very experienced installers, joining two big and heavy structures at an angle could be complicated. In other words, the smallest gap left after installation can spoil the image and leave customers not completely satisfied.
How do We Do That
We use a special rebated corner post of white UPVC with three rectangular steel tubes inside as reinforcement. To get the uniform look we cover the corner post with the aluminium profile which is powder coated the same colour as the door. Firstly, installers have to install the corner post. Usually, they fix it with the brackets to the ceiling or lintel on top and to the floor or aluminium cill profile on the bottom. Due to 15 millimetre wide trim edges on the post, installers have space for tolerance and perfect sealing. So secondly, you can install panes of the corner sidelights. As the corner post has three steel 2 millimetres thick rectangular tubes, the fixation is fast and easy, but very reliable and strong.
Customers install corner sidelights on new-built and renovated houses as well. The sunlight coming into the lobby from different sides creates a very cosy atmosphere. Corner sidelights give architects extra space for creativity as well.