The best home security safeguards begin at the front door. The question is, is your family 100% protected against the most determined intruders? And what can you do to make your doors more secure?… Packed full of essential information, discover the best entrance door with this handy quick door buying guide.Book your home visit
☐ Is it stronger than your existing door?...
☐ How many locking points does it have?...
☐ Smart lock integration?...
☐ Custom design options?...
☐ Colour palettes?…
☐ Matching handles and hardware?...
☐ Laminated or triple glazed possibilities?...
☐ Is it tested to the highest Building Regulation standards?...
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When it comes to the most popular door material, it all depends on your household’s specific needs. Composite doors are all-round achievers, seamlessly bridging the gap between economical uPVC and premium aluminium. uPVC doors remain a firm favourite for budget-friendly style, security, and efficiency. Minimalist yet robust aluminium doors suit contemporary developments best and traditional timber doors are often approved for use in restricted locations such as conservation areas and listed buildings.
In terms of security, households in the South East tend to opt for tough composite doors. Or if the replacement door project requires a large made-to-measure entrance, aluminium doors are preferred as they can be made around 30% bigger than composite doors.
For longevity, timber doors come out on top as they can last a lifetime if treated right. Closely followed by aluminium doors, lasting at least 45 years with minimal maintenance. Composite doors and uPVC doors can last between 20 - 30 years.Get in touch
Quality replacement doors display a multicoloured BFRC energy rating label similar to those found on fridges and washing machines, showing that your new door has been independently verified by experts to perform as promised. The most important things to take note of are the doors energy rating and their U-value. The U-value shows how easily heat can pass through the door material, so the lower the U-value, the more efficient the door is. Rated on a scale of A++ to E, to comply with UK Building Regulations, current minimum efficiency standards require new doors to have a U-value of 1.8W/m²K or lower or a door Energy Rating of at least E.*
Due to the fusion of materials a composite door contains, it is often considered the most energy efficient door material. Modern aluminium doors also contain innovative polyamide thermal breaks, actively preventing cold bridging and generating low U-values. That said, all our doors meet and exceed all current requirements under Building Regulations, reaching impressively low U-values and Door Energy Ratings (DERs).
*correct at time of publishing; March 2021.
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Everything about the two men who came was superb. They were punctual, friendly and experienced. Their workmanship was excellent. Their finished job was perfect. I would highly recommend them.
This is the second time we have used this firm. As before, they were informative and professional from start to finish. Prompt, tidy and thorough always.
Brilliant. No fuss . No drama. Done in a couple of hours. Very pleased. Fourth door I have had fitted by this company. Would not go anywhere else. SFK. Alec lovely guy. Kind and respectful.
The team worked continually throughout the day and made an excellent job of fitting the windows which appear to be of high quality.
As always, fabulous service from this company. Did original install and have excelled with rapid response to supply and fit damaged panel.
A very polite and well-mannered chap done an excellent job leaving us very satisfied with his quality of work and tidiness he left the area in.
Fitter removed old door with care. Worked using dust sheets super neat and tidy. All debris taken away super pleased!
Apart from sending the wrong glass for the door I can't fault this installation. The error was soon rectified with little fuss. The fitter went just that extra mile to make everything perfect.
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