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uPVC Door Fact File

uPVC doors are an ideal choice of product to use when you give your house a facelift.

Why? Well for one the front door tends to be the focal point when entering any property and gets the most ware and tear, therefore it makes sense to consider uPVC doors.

uPVC doors are manufactured in various styles and colours to fit into all house types, enhancing the quality of your property but still in keeping it with its style and history, they are low maintenance and guaranteed never to warp, jam, rot or discolour whatever the weather.

When replacing your doors it may be wise to replace your existing windows to uPVC double glazed windows at the same time in order to fully maximize the potential of upvc doors and double glazing windows.

Security on uPVC double glazed doors is very high, as all uPVC doors have multipoint locking system and 5 lever dead lock as standard and meet with insurance company’s requirements.

Double Glazed French Doors

There is many benefits of installing double glazed French doors. What do new French doors offer?

  • Security: Double glazed French doors offer high security locks with multiple points for locking on the primary door and shoot bolts on the secondary door, the primary door is the door that you open first.
  • Matching French door designs to the design of your double glazed windows.
  • New uPVC doors are easy to maintain and clean.
  • Provides much needed light to a room .
  • Double glazed French doors are fitted with storm seals no more cold drafts. The thermal insulation of French doors must meet with FENSA document L.
  • French doors are also offered with a tilt option so that ventilation into a room can take place. The tilt however doesn’t allow rain into the home.

Many home owners who have a window looking out onto their garden from there lounge or dining room are advised to remove that window and install a pair of double glazed French doors. This immediately provides a new dimension to the room, allowing more light into the room. Should you require French doors larger than the window this is normally involves supporting the brickwork above the opening. This should be an easy job for any builder to complete.

French doors shown are exterior and usually installed in pairs, with glass panes extending for most of their length. Double glazed French doors are prized for their visual grace and their ability to transmit light between spaces even when in a closed position.

With French doors fitted it is hard to tell where the inside of your home ends and the outside of the home begins. Normally people have French doors fitted as they give total access to areas such as the garden as both doors open up fully, unlike patio doors that only open half the width of the opening.

With effect from 1st April, 2002, all replacement windows Inc Double glazed French doors became subject to Document L of the Building Regulations.

To meet with all building regulations including the one suggested all double glazing and double glazed French doors must have a high level of insulation which means that the glass in the double glazed sealed unit will have a special transparent reflective coating.

The glass used to make the double glazed sealed unit is safety glass which is much tougher than ordinary float glass and is more secure to prevent potential intruders from entering the home. If the glass does break, it shatters into small pieces and so there are no larger jagged edges around. Security features are built into the double glazed patio doors, so the locks and hinges are fitted directly into the steel frame

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Double Glazed Patio Doors

There is many benefits of installing double glazed Patio doors. What do new Patio doors offer?

  • Security: Double glazed Patio doors offer high security locks with multiple points for locking on the primary door and shoot bolts on the secondary door, the primary door is the door that you open first.
  • Matching Patio door designs to the design of your double glazed windows:
  • New uPVC doors are easy to maintain and clean.
  • Provides much needed light to a room .
  • Double glazed Patio doors are fitted with storm seals no more cold drafts. The thermal insulation of Patio doors must meet with FENSA document L.
  • Patio doors are also offered with a tilt option so that ventilation into a room can take place. The tilt however doesn’t allow rain into the home..

Many people want their rooms to be full of streaming light and to have a great view. This is especially true if they have a large patio or a great garden or flowerbed right outside the room. One of the best ways to get a lot of light into a room and have an exit that leads straight to the garden is by installing a set of patio doors. There are many different types and styles of patio doors, and the perfect type for you may depend on several factors.

What are patio doors?

Basically, they’re doors made out of a solid sheet of glass. Unlike standard doors, most patio doors are completely see-through and feature only a small metal frame around them. You generally see patio doors in a set, so they take up about twice the space as a standard door. If you don’t have that much room, some standard-sized patio doors are available.

Patio doors can be dressed up with curtains and blinds if you like. Generally, long, vertical blinds are used since they can be easily pulled back to allow you to go in and out of the patio doors. Usually, blinds like this are used with sliding patio doors. Instead of swinging in or out like a standard door, these type of patio doors slide sideways. Some allow you to open either side of the door, while others feature only one sliding door and one stationary window. There are other types of patio doors, including some that resemble French doors and others that open like standard doors. You can easily use curtains with these types of patio doors.

Patio doors can be installed in practically any room of your home, although they will take some work and some time to install since the process involves cutting out a large hole in your outer wall. For this reason, professional installation is certainly recommended over installing the doors yourself. If you are just replacing your existing patio doors, or changing the style of patio door itself, you may be able to do this kind of work yourself.

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Types of Doors

Composite Doors

Stormfront High Performance doors have been designed to stand the test of time. They combine security, insulation and the latest technology with a finish that is indistinguishable from traditional timber.

Bevelled Doors

The bevelled residential door can be combined with any style of panel, from the cost-effective vacuum-formed to high performance composites, to create the desired effect. As it has complete compatibility with all leading types of hardware, it provides the opportunity to mix and match depending on the individual project requirements.

Bi-Folding Doors

Folding sliding allows you to move the folding door to the side safely & easily, maximising the opening and allowing easy access to the outdoors. Using up to 7 sashes, you can create an opening of up to 5 metres.

Traditional Entry Doors

The technology of Doors has come a long way since the first humans hung skins at the front of the cave. Be sure to explore all the doors available before you choose:

Steel doors have energy efficient foam core insulation and are fully weather stripped by the manufacturer of the doors. They are highly resistant to shrinking, swelling and warping. Their tough steel construction will withstand years of extreme weather conditions with minimum maintenance. The doors can be purchased with pre drilled door knob and lockset holes, making installation even easier. Steel doors come pre primed and ready to paint.

Fiberglass doors offer the same energy saving and easy installation qualities as steel doors. Fiberglass doors have wood grain texture molded into the door so they give the appearance an actual wood door when painted or stained. Their high quality composite construction makes these doors resistant to all sorts of weathering along with scratches or dents. These are an excellent choice for doors which are excessively used or extreme climate.

Wood doors offer the most traditional look to your home. The familiar look and feel of a well-crafted wooden door sends an inviting message of home and hearth. The substantial weight of a wooden door adds a sense of security and sturdiness to your home. These doors may be painted or stained for a natural, warm appearance. Wooden doors are usually made using frame and panel construction to counteract the effects of climatic or seasonal changes.

Patio Doors

Sliding doors are almost like vast windows in which you can walk through. The doors are usually huge panes of glass mounted in a frame with roller mechanisms for opening. They are produced in a variety of materials including:

Aluminum doors are usually cost efficient as they are the least expensive door type. Their all aluminum construction won’t rust and is easily maintained.

Vinyl doors need very little maintenance and energy efficient. The tough vinyl frames are easy to maintain and look new for years. Most vinyl patio doors offer low-e insulated glass and factory installed weatherstripping for maximum energy-efficiency.

Wood doors are typically the highest in quality and of course the most expensive patio doors. Wood patio doors offer the same natural aesthetic qualities as traditional wood doors with the new added bonus of having a full view through the large glass pane.

Wood clad doors are wooden doors and frames with a vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum coating on the exterior face of the door. The coating serves as an armor to protect the wood from the elements and still allows you to have the look of real wood inside.

Door Security

It is a common fact that the easiest way for someone to enter your home is simply to open an unlocked door. In fact, this is the most prominent way people enter houses illegally. Very few families take the number one precaution of locking exterior doors at all times, whether someone is at home or not. Children who are in and out of the house all day leave doors unlocked, as do people who step next door for a neighborly visit.

An example will illustrate just how hazardous an unlocked door can be. A woman was in her house, she was unconcerned that her back door was unlocked, since she had a large dog in whose presence she felt absolutely secure. Sure enough, an intruder entered through the unlocked, and sure enough, the dog sprang to the attack, badly mauling the intruder. Unfortunately, the intruder was a two-year-old who lived next door. The locking of doors can indeed work in both ways. Both to protect the house owner and protect any guests within the house.

While doors should always be locked, this is only a small defense against the determined criminal. Here’s why:

  • Doors often have small glass or light plywood panels, which can easily be broken or cut with a rasp or a keyhole saw. Someone could then open the lock very easily by simply reaching through the hole.
  • A door that doesn’t fit its frame properly can easily be forced open by wedging a tire tool or prying bar between it and the frame and then “spreading” the door away until the bolt moves free from the strike.
  • Some older homes may have doors which open outwards as opposed to inwards. These can often be opened simply by removing the hinge pins and lifting the entire door from the frame and then entering the home.
  • Certain locks on doors can be easily picked, removed, or destroyed.

It is virtually impossible to prevent someone from entering your home through an outside door if that person is really determined to do so and has enough time and skill to accomplish the deed.

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