Developed over five decades, BBA Test Services for windows and doors are as complex as they are comprehensive.
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BBA Windows and Doors Test services combines decades of technical experience with up-to-the-minute, quality test operating rigs and equipment to give your product the best start in life.
Whether you’re going to market with a new product innovation or making modifications to an existing brand, you can count on our expert teams to make sure your product meets the standards required to approach the market with absolute confidence.
Architects, specifiers and manufacturers regularly look for the BBA logo when choosing products for inclusion in new and existing builds. What’s more, all out Test procedures are UKAS accredited, so you know you’re in safe hands.
Prolonged exposure to sunlight in hot weather conditions can cause wooden frames to perish over time. Similarly, excessive wind and rain can have an equally adverse effect. And unfortunately, human beings can sometimes be very good at causing considerable damage to windows and doors.
The comprehensive range of testing facilities at the BBA has been developed over many years to make sure our highly experienced, technical experts have everything they need to make sure products are suitably resistant and meet the required durability, safety and security standards.
Here are some of our most widely used testing rigs:
- Schulten rig capable of measuring air/wind/water loads up to 3000Pa (UKAS Accredited)
- PAS 24 security rig capable of carrying out intrusion tests according to PAS 24:2016 (UKAS accredited)
- Several operation and strength rigs capable of carrying out tests to BS 6375-2 and BSEN 14351-1 (UKAS accredited)
- Cyclic operation rig capable of carrying out open/close cycles for windows and doors (UKAS Accredited)
- A thermal cycling rig capable of thermal shock testing composite doors to BS 8529, Annex B
- A range of QUV machines capable of exposing materials to artificial UV light UVB313, UVA340 and UVA351
- A Xenotest machine capable of exposing samples to artificial xenon light
- Various ovens, freezers, water baths for carrying out various durability tests on materials.
- A salt-fog machine capable of carrying salt spray corrosion tests of window/door hardware and coatings according to BSEN1670
- An Instron machine capable of carrying out tensile and compression testing up to a maximum of 100KN
As you’d expect, windows and doors are probably the features of a building that are subject to the most natural wear and tear. And on top of that, there are the adverse effects of extreme weather to contend with, not to mention the unfortunate consequences of malicious interference. So products need rigorous testing and it goes without saying that any assessments need to be performed by highly experienced, professional individuals.
The BBA can perform a wide range of tests to make sure products are suitably resistant to all weather conditions and attempts at unlawful entry into properties.
Here are some of our more commonly performed tests:
- Weathertightness (air, wind and water)
- Operation and strength tests: Cyclic operation, operating forces, vertical load, racking, static torsion, load capacity of safety devices, soft and heavy body impact, hard body impact
- Basic Security
- Enhanced security (PAS24)
- Thermal cycling (composite doors)
- Durability testing: Resistance to QUV/Xenon, resistance to heat ageing, changes in colour after ageing, salt spray corrosion
- Coating tests: Cross-Cut adhesion, Resistance to impact, scratch resistance, coating thickness, resistance to QUV/Xenon, abrasion, wind-driven rain, resistance to sulphur dioxide (acid rain), salt spray corrosion
- Material tests: Tensile strength and elongation, Tensile impact, Charpy impact, Vicat softening temperature, Dehydrochlorination, Effect of heating, Resistance to impact, Heat reversion, water absorption, moisture content
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This very much depends on the kind of test we are conducting, and timescales often vary according to the product type. If we’re testing for weathertightness, strength and durability and resistance to intruders, we can usually test windows and doors within 1-2 weeks of delivery of the sample.
Cyclic operation (repeat tests for durability) depends on the number of cycles used but will usually take between 5 days and 25 days.
Long term testing like resistance to QUV and heat ageing can take longer due to the accelerated ageing involved. Depending on the length of ageing, this can take from 20 days to 170 days.