No matter how much our personal tastes may differ, there's one thing on which we can all agree - keeping our family home safe and secure is a top priority.
“The front door gives your house its character, but did you know installing secure external doors is one of the best ways to look after your loved ones and your belongings.”
Protect the ones who matter most
Planning for the worst is never pleasant, but a little time spent making sure burglars don't have an easy ride could pay dividends. If you are designing or renovating a property, specify external doors that offer the high levels of security.
What to look out for?
JELD-WEN European research indicates that around 9/10 homeowners are concerned with quality and safety and would have chosen an exterior door of higher quality, but few knew about the choices available.
When it comes to security, clearly a good locking system is a must. Euro cylinders are the most commonly used lock for doors and they are appropriate for most applications, but for heightened security, opt for a lock such as ERA’s Vectis Plus, which comes as standard with the Castle Composite range of doorsets. The system includes modern cylinder free multi-point locking technology with thumb turn operation, meaning the door is clamped tight to the frame. With no visible cylinder, the aesthetic performance of the lock plays a key visual deterrent to any burglar.
To achieve the highest levels of security, consider purchasing front doors that offer specification that is accredited to the Secured by Design (SBD) scheme.
What is Secured by Design? A police initiative to guide and encourage those engaged within the specification, design and build of new homes, and those undertaking major or minor property refurbishment, to adopt crime prevention measures’.
Due to materials used, composite doorsets can provide the highest levels of security and style. Traditional composite doors are made from Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) and are extremely secure and hard wearing due to the materials used and manufacturing process. These doors can be purchased with SBD specification on request.
Timber composite doorsets, such as the INSULUX range, have the benefit of a real timber exterior to give the appeal of a natural woodgrain finish, whilst having aluminium layers on the inside to provide the best security performance. Which means these front doors are supplied with SBD specification as standard.